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27 Aug 14

Croatia, Land of Consumption, not Production

Sven Milekic

The world-famous Swedish furniture retailer IKEA opened its doors in Croatia last Thursday.

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13 Aug 14

Croatia Referendum Ruling Less Clear Than it Seems

Sven Milekic

The Croatian Constitutional Court ruling, vetoing the so-called ‘anti-Cyrillic referendum’, has left room for future conflicts.

11 Aug 14

Real Lives Offstage at the Hague Tribunal

Tanja Matic

It was more than a decade ago when I first had the impression of a theatre stage at the heart of the tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

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01 Aug 14

Open Letter to the People of Belgrade


We are a group of 50 international scholars and experts on urban development and planning, visiting the city of Belgrade for our 24th annual conference. We have expertise on waterfront developments in London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Barcelona, Boston, New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Sydney and Melbourne.

31 Jul 14

Why Constitutional Reform Will Not Solve the Bosnian Blockade

Florian Bieber

At a meeting at the German Foreign Ministry in Berlin on the future of Bosnia with senior international officials and experts, I have had a chance to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of constitutional reform, a perennial topic for Bosnia. Here are some of the considerations I had the chance to present and discuss on why I remain skeptical of the need to prioritise constitutional reform.

28 Jul 14

Staring at the sea

Marija Knezevic

Ferries are beautiful, I love them. Sometimes all you can see from a ferry is the horizon -- a clear line between shades of blue.

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24 Jul 14

Ratko Mladic Nodded At Me

Cooper Hewell

Watching the trial of the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ in person, it is hard to reconcile the sight of this ordinary-looking man in a suit with the almost unimaginable crimes for which he is being charged.

24 Jul 14

A familiar face – and a familiar problem

Marija Mitevska

Walking through narrow streets on the Greek island of Skiathos, I suddenly notice a familiar face. An old high school classmate. It’s so nice to see him again. Twelve years have passed but he looks just the same, although he’s married and has a daughter now.

13 Jul 14

On the road from the city of roses

Krasimir Yankov

It's the middle of June and Kazanlak in central Bulgaria is gearing up for the annual Festival of Roses. A stage stands on the main plaza. Stalls with rose oil products are ready for customers. The scent of the pink petals of Rosa damascena, the flower everyone is celebrating, fills the air.

09 Jul 14

Peaceful city with turbulent nightlife

Dragana Peco

“I remember you,” says the woman at the counter in the Novi Sad bus station. She sells me a ticket home to Belgrade.

07 Jul 14

Starting up, Sofia style

Boryana Dzhambazova

It’s a muggy Friday night in June. The events hall at betahaus, a workspace for freelancers and small firms in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, is packed with people. The excitement is almost as high as the temperatures outside.

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03 Jul 14

Lessons from the Great War

Erwan Fouéré

High up in the hills above the pretty Macedonian town of Valandovo, about 100 km northwest of Thessaloniki , stands a simple Celtic cross honouring the 386 Irish soldiers, part of the Tenth Irish Division fighting on the Salonika front, who fell on the battlefield far away from home in 1915.

01 Jul 14

My trade

Branko Krivokapic

“My trade gave me the summit, from which I was to fall…”

01 Jul 14

Why NATO and EU Must Reopen their Doors to the Balkans

By Edward P. Joseph and Janusz Bugajski

Imagine that you lead a small Balkan country that ardently aspires to join Western institutions.

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26 Jun 14

The barricade and all that

Andrea Lorenzo Capussela

K2.0’s editor writes that the original Mitrovica barricade – removed but immediately replaced by a sort of botanical garden – was built ‘as an act of defiance against Prishtina rule.’ The rest of the article – about who is to blame for what – follows from this premise: the barricade should go. I would take a different line.