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catalonia-won-t-get-much-help-from-the-balkans-10-03-2017
04 Oct 17

Catalonia Won’t Get Much Help From the Balkans

A number of Balkan states may have been rebellious provinces within recent memory – but don’t expect them to stick up for anyone else’s fight for self-determination.

croatia-s-spying-row-with-bosnia-is-no-coincidence-10-02-2017
03 Oct 17

Croatia’s Spying Row With Bosnia is No Coincidence

As Croatia braces for a potentially devastating war-crimes ruling in November, it is desperately trying to force Bosnia on to the defensive.

homage-to-catalonia-a-croatian-perspective-09-29-2017
30 Sep 17

Homage to Catalonia, a Croatian Perspective

Growing euphoria in Catalonia over the announced independence referendum from Spain causes split emotions in a person who experienced the bloody wars of Yugoslavia.

bosnia-croatia-feud-risks-spiralling-out-of-control-09-25-2017
25 Sep 17

Bosnia-Croatia Feud Risks Spiralling out of Control

An already ugly diplomatic war between Croatia and Bosnia could get a lot worse following an upcoming war-crimes verdict.

bosnia-s-political-turmoil-creates-dilemmas-for-its-neighbours-09-05-2017
06 Sep 17

Bosnia’s Political Turmoil Creates Dilemmas for Its Neighbours

The escalation of all-out warfare between the parties in Bosnia creates a diplomatic minefield for Croatian and Serbian leaders as they visit the country.

bosnia-s-islamist-hub-tag-is-complete-nonsense-09-01-2017
04 Sep 17

Bosnia’s ‘Islamist Hub’ Tag is Complete Nonsense

The EU’s anti-terror chief says the UK probably has more Islamist extremists than anywhere else in Europe – so why do people keep going on about Bosnia?

defending-tito-s-legacy-is-an-anti-fascist-duty-08-23-2017
24 Aug 17

Defending Tito’s Legacy is an Anti-Fascist Duty

The nationalist assault on Tito and on the Partisan legacy is directly linked to the very identity of nationalists – and to their reconciliation with fascism.

croatia-s-far-right-will-profit-from-agrokor-s-fall-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Croatia’s Far Right Will Profit From Agrokor’s Fall

The economic giant’s collapse could have momentous political – as well as economic – consequences, not only for Croatia but for the whole region.


europe-must-respond-to-threats-to-liberal-values-07-25-2017
25 Jul 17

Europe Must Respond to Threats to Liberal Values

As the crisis over the judiciary in Poland has shown, the EU must be more vigilant in defending values that both member states and candidate countries seem determined to test.

us-balkan-policy-will-eventually-catch-up-with-reality-06-07-2017
08 Jun 17

US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality

At some point, Washington will be forced to re-engage with the Balkans and work out a new policy that is in tune with political reality.

eu-watches-idly-as-balkans-slides-into-chaos-05-05-2017
05 May 17

EU Watches Idly As Balkans Slides Into Chaos

The recent violence in Macedonia, and the various crises in and between Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, all suggest the Balkans may be sliding into turmoil and even conflict.

dishonour-for-zagreb-over-alternative-facts-about-holocaust-04-21-2017
21 Apr 17

Dishonour for Zagreb Over ‘Alternative Facts’ About Holocaust

The Zagreb authorities have showed their disrespect for World War II victims by honouring a film-maker whose documentary downplays the crimes committed at the Jasenovac concentration camp in Croatia.

the-pope-can-t-stop-medjugorje-now-03-28-2017
28 Mar 17

The Pope Can’t Stop Medjugorje Now

As the Vatican dispatches another papal envoy to the controversial shrine of Medjugorje in Bosnia, a British journalist recalls his first trip there in the 1980s.

bosnian-croats-keep-pushing-for-unachievable-entity-03-24-2017
27 Mar 17

Bosnian Croats Keep Pushing for Unachievable Entity

Bosnian Croat leaders are not giving up on their old demand for a third entity - but given how unlikely they are to get one, the question is what their real goal is.

europe-is-not-going-to-solve-balkan-dramas-03-21-2017
22 Mar 17

Europe is not Going to Solve Balkan Dramas

The idea that the EU is going to speed up the accession process in the Balkans to prevent states from collapsing or fighting each other is a complete fantasy.