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a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

political-strife-overshadows-easter-joy-in-balkans-04-13-2017
14 Apr 17

Political Strife Overshadows Easter Joy in Balkans

While millions of Christians prepare for Easter celebrations across the Balkans, political, economic and ethnic tensions are casting a dark shadow over the season of goodwill. 

kosovo-struggles-to-confront-its-painful-past-04-13-2017
14 Apr 17

Kosovo Struggles to Confront its Painful Past

The failure of the local and international community to properly address Kosovo's traumatic past has left its communities alienated and mistrustful of official initiatives.

over-a-decade-on-journalism-facing-threats-04-12-2017
13 Apr 17

Crusading Journalist Defies Threatening Climate in Kosovo

‘Zeri’ editor Arbana Xharra says she won’t stop probing the dark side of Kosovo life despite the ‘public lynches that have become the new normality’ for investigative journalists in the country.

war-justice-strategy-for-kosovo-undermined-by-divisions-04-10-2017
11 Apr 17

War Justice Strategy for Kosovo Undermined by Divisions

A Kosovo government-backed working group set up to draft a national strategy for dealing with the wartime past has been troubled by divisions, disputes and failures to deliver, a new report says.

vetevendosje-from-troublemaker-to-key-player-in-kosovo-04-10-2017
11 Apr 17

Vetevendosje: From Troublemaker to Key Player in Kosovo

Vetevendosje has come a long way from a street movement to potentially key political actor, raising questions about whether it will change its tactics now as it gets closer to power.

higher-education-is-reinforcing-kosovo-s-ethnic-divide-04-04-2017
04 Apr 17

Higher Education is Reinforcing Kosovo's Ethnic Divide

Despite years of international efforts aimed at integration, the system of higher education in Kosovo continues to reflect and replicate the country’s deep ethnic divisions.

army-rows-widens-cracks-in-kosovo-coalition-03-26-2017
27 Mar 17

Army Rows Widens Cracks in Kosovo Coalition

The dispute over the transformation of Kosovo's armed forces could spell the end of Kosovo's troubled ruling coalition.

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.

fiddling-in-sarajevo-as-europe-unravels-03-20-2017
21 Mar 17

Fiddling in Sarajevo as Europe Unravels

The pointless summit in Sarajevo showed only that Brussels remains in the grip of a dangerous illusion that the Balkans can remain perpetually unstable but peaceful in Europe’s waiting room. 

kosovo-risks-alienating-crucial-allies-in-army-row-03-15-2017
16 Mar 17

Kosovo Risks Alienating Crucial Allies in Army Row

President Thaci is taking a gamble as he presses on with moves to create a Kosovo army despite US and NATO opposition. 

kosovo-serbia-and-the-senseless-battle-of-new-york-03-03-2017
03 Mar 17

Kosovo, Serbia and the Senseless Battle of New York

Officials from Kosovo and Serbia clashed spectacularly at the UN Security Council again this week, but their aggressive moral posturing does little to address the wartime past or prevent future problems.

trump-administration-maintains-us-support-for-kosovo-02-28-2017-1
01 Mar 17

Trump Administration Maintains US Support for Kosovo

Contrary to the hopes of some Serbs that President Donald Trump might change course and favour Belgrade, the new US administration has repeatedly said that it supports Kosovo’s independence.

kosovo-parties-eye-their-chances-in-fresh-elections-02-27-2017
28 Feb 17

Kosovo Parties Eye Their Chances in Fresh Elections

With the disputed Montenegro border agreement likely again to come before Kosovo’s parliament, an early general election looks increasingly possible.

kosovo-s-mustafa-defies-tear-gas-and-resignation-calls-02-20-2017
21 Feb 17

Kosovo’s Mustafa Defies Tear Gas and Resignation Calls

Kosovo Prime Minister Isa Mustafa told BIRN that his government has already survived street protests and tear gas attacks, and will ignore the opposition’s continued calls for early elections.