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26 Feb 15

My Secret Service ‘Diploma’ Shows What Macedonia Has Become

Meri Jordanovska

The folder I received containing my own wiretapped conversations doesn’t just show somebody is messing with our lives; it shows we are seen as enemies of the state in our own country.

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17 Feb 15

Two Cheers For Kosovo Independence Day

Kreshnik Hoxha

There might seem precious little to celebrate on independent Kosovo’s seventh birthday - but building a state was never going to be easy.

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09 Feb 15

Ten rules by a 21st-century Machiavelli for the Balkan Prince

What would Machiavelli say about the Balkans today?, wonders Florian Bieber. In this letter for a modern Balkan Prince, he outlines ten rules that would allow the Prince to keep the power whatever the conditions. ‘Ruling is like dancing on the edge of a volcano’, he warns, suggesting, however, there are still ways to stay safe.

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03 Feb 15

Overdue Justice for Srebrenica

Annkatrin Tritschoks

Almost 20 years after Bosnian Serb forces slaughtered more than 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) upheld the convictions of five men for genocide for what is considered the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II.

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08 Jan 15

Time to End Serbia’s Culture of Secrecy

Milan Antonijevic

Whatever the law says, asking questions remains a tricky business in Serbia.

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16 Dec 14

Croatian Politicians Play the Outrage Game

Sven Milekic

Croatia’s PM is boycotting an important economic summit in Belgrade over the rhetoric of Serbian nationalist Vojislav Seselj, but it’s no coincidence that his ‘patriotic’ move comes just before elections.

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15 Dec 14

Macedonian Student's Plenum - A Cry for Respect

Erwan Fouere

On December 10th, 2014 thousands of students defied the Government led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and took to the streets of Skopje, Macedonia's capital city.

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12 Dec 14

Does Kosovo Need a Full-Time Parliament?

Mikra Krasniqi

A part-time assembly composed of MPs with other full-time careers would be more effective, more popular and less corrupt that the present arrangement.

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11 Dec 14

Magic and Male Dominance in a Kosovo Town

Jeta Abazi Gashi

Osman Musliu, a 52-year-old imam, is driving me to the town of Vushtrri in northern Kosovo. Musliu wears a warm smile and a red tie. We are going to what he calls a divorce ceremony.

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21 Nov 14

The Constitutional Court Failed Kosovo – Again

Nate Tabak

Refusal to hear case challenging the effective reappointment of international judges placed convenience over what was right.

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20 Nov 14

The Strange Persistence of Mythology in Serbia’s Politics

Mikra Krasniqi

It is time for Serbs to stop confusing centuries’ old poetic mythology with the reality of today.

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08 Nov 14

What’s the Point of Šešelj's 11 Years?

Eric D. Gordy

Vojislav Šešelj leaves the scene as he entered it, a monument to other people’s failures.

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04 Nov 14

In Croatia, Locked Up and No Way Out

Emina Ćerimović

We drove up a narrow, winding road, with trees on both sides for what seemed like an eternity. Finally, at the top of the hill, there it was: a three-building complex with a sign on the gate that read “Psihijatrijska bolnica Lopača” (Psychiatric Hospital “Lopača”).

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30 Oct 14

They Live Among Us

Marcus Agar

It is interesting how different cultures deal with death and the issues of loss and remembrance. 

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22 Oct 14

Life Coaching Boom in Serbia is No Mystery

Vera Ovanin

The concept of life coaching, both abroad and particularly here in Serbia, has long fascinated me.

Fellowship 2013: Integrity

04 Jul 13

Sporting Chance

15 Jul 13

A New Life

07 Aug 13

Medical Needs

08 Aug 13

Fire from Ice

09 Aug 13

Old Wars and New

13 Aug 13

No Middle Ground

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27 Feb 15

Tamnava Mine Deadline Broken Without Explanation

While the draining of the Tamnava mine is running months late, EPS says the consortium has fulfilled its contract and will not be charged penalties.

18 Feb 15

Blood Ties