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croatia-s-online-anti-hate-law-worries-experts-01-17-2018
18 Jan 18

Croatia’s Online Anti-Hate Law Worries Experts

With Croatia announcing new laws on regulating hate speech, incitement to violence and fake news online, some experts fear it may lead to censorship and limit freedom of expression.

how-rich-are-the-balkans-top-politicians--01-16-2018
17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Senior politicians in the region may earn far more than the average citizen – but the biggest earners are rarely those occupying the highest state posts. 

croatian-far-right-draws-strength-from-diaspora-01-04-2018
05 Jan 18

Croatia's Far Right Draws Strength from Diaspora

The radical and revisionist messages of far-right Croatian politicians and historians find a sympathetic audience among many members of Croatia’s huge émigré community.

croatia-business-as-usual-despite-agrokor-drama-01-04-2018-1
04 Jan 18

Croatia in 2018: Business as Usual Despite Agrokor Drama

While prospects for economic growth, propelled by the boom in tourism, look bright, a continuing crisis over the huge Agrokor company could yet bring down the fragile coalition government.

critics-sound-alarm-over-state-of-croatian-broadcaster-12-29-2017
29 Dec 17

Critics Sound Alarm Over State of Croatian Broadcaster

A growing chorus of voices say Croatia’s public broadcaster HRT is succumbing to political pressure and becoming an echo chamber for the government – just as it was in the 1990s.

balkans-in-2017-two-cheers-for-the-economy-12-26-2017
26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

Balkan economies made real progress in 2017 but media freedom ebbed in some countries, and the region remained hostage to East-West rivalry for influence.

bosnian-croats-face-judgment-on-greater-croatia-charges-11-27-2017
28 Nov 17

Bosnian Croats Face Judgment on ‘Greater Croatia’ Charges

The Hague Tribunal will rule this week on an appeal from six wartime Bosnian Croat officials who were convicted of involvement in a joint criminal enterprise aimed at establishing a ‘Greater Croatia’.

trial-shows-croatian-money-fuelled-bosnian-croats-war-11-24-2017
24 Nov 17

Trial Shows Croatian Money Fuelled Bosnian Croats’ War

The Hague Tribunal delivers its verdict on six Bosnian Croat ex-officials next week - but the trial has already revealed how Croatia funded the self-proclaimed Herzeg-Bosnia statelet’s forces while they fought the Bosnian Army.

justice-hopes-fade-for-victims-of-devastated-vukovar-11-15-2017
17 Nov 17

Justice Hopes Fade for Victims of Devastated Vukovar

Lack of political will, inefficient prosecutors and poor cooperation between Belgrade and Zagreb means some families of people killed in and around the Croatian town of Vukovar in 1991 may never get justice.

multiple-expensive-arbitrations-and-lawsuits-pressure-croatia-10-30-2017
31 Oct 17

International Lawsuits Pile up Against Croatia

Croatia faces numerous international arbitration processes over borders, important companies or stopped construction projects – with potentially expensive outcomes.

restive-provinces-replace-communism-as-spectre-haunting-europe--10-29-2017
30 Oct 17

Restive Provinces Replace Communism as ‘Spectre Haunting Europe’

As the standoff between Spain and Catalonia continues, Balkan Insight looks at the many other provinces and regions in the Balkans and elsewhere that are challenging the integrity of Europe’s current states.

changing-ceos-will-not-fix-balkan-airlines-troubles-10-25-2017
25 Oct 17

Changing CEOs will Not Fix Balkan Airlines' Troubles

Overburdened by micro-managing governments, most of the Balkan's state-owned national carriers struggle to survive in an increasingly competitive air transport industry.

croatian-top-economists-back-move-to-join-euro-10-23-2017
23 Oct 17

Croatian Top Economists Back Move to Join Euro

Two leading experts have welcomed the government’s plans to join the euro-zone, claiming the switch in currency will bring more benefits than costs.

eu-mulls-lower-roaming-charges-for-balkans-10-18-2017
19 Oct 17

EU Mulls Lower Roaming Charges for Balkans

The European Commission is considering cutting roaming charges for the Western Balkans, following calls from EU candidate countries to abolish the fees. 

croatia-president-may-face-tough-questions-in-russia-10-18-2017
18 Oct 17

Croatia President May Face Tough Questions in Russia

When President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic meets Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Wednesday, she may face a grilling over past statements seen as hostile to Russia.