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rising-balkan-risks-demand-action-home-and-abroad-12-14-2017
14 Dec 17

Rising Balkan Risks Demand Action Home and Abroad

Heightened tensions and potential violence have been predicted for the Balkans in 2018, so people in the region must find the courage to seek solutions themselves, with help from Washington and Brussels.

cancer-of-corruption-continues-to-blight-europe-12-06-2017
07 Dec 17

Cancer of Corruption Continues to Blight Europe

In a year that saw the shocking murder of a Maltese journalist known for her investigations into corruption, the fight against this scourge must be unrelenting.

kosovo-is-wasting-its-energy-on-recognition-battles-11-27-2017
05 Dec 17

Kosovo is Wasting its Energy on Recognition Battles

Getting diplomatic recognition by small, far-off states is far less important than having a functioning economy.

special-court-must-bring-kosovo-s-criminals-to-justice-11-13-2017
14 Nov 17

Special Court Must Bring Kosovo’s Criminals to Justice

The new Special Court to try former Kosovo Liberation Army members for wartime and post-war crimes is not an attack on the struggle for independence, but an attempt to prosecute criminals.

the-kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-just-lose-lose--11-13-2017
13 Nov 17

The Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is Just ‘Lose-Lose’

Both countries, and both peoples, stand to lose out in the long term from a ‘dialogue’ that has never advanced beyond leaders shaking hands and photo opportunities in Brussels.

kosovo-and-catalonia-have-little-in-common-11-02-2017
02 Nov 17

Kosovo and Catalonia Have Little in Common

Catalonia’s recent declaration of independence has prompted many to draw comparisons with events in Kosovo – but closer analysis shows the two cases are very different.

suriname-triggers-new-phase-in-kosovo-recognition-battle-11-01-2017
01 Nov 17

Suriname Triggers New Phase in Kosovo Recognition Battle

The apparent decision of a Latin American state to revoke its recognition of Kosovo shows the diplomatic struggle over Serbia’s former province is far from over.

kosovo-s-democratic-test-will-only-come-after-elections-10-18-2017
19 Oct 17

Kosovo’s ‘Democratic Test’ Will Only Come After Elections

October’s local elections in Kosovo will likely be free and fair – the real test of this young country’s democratic health is what happens after the election.

how-did-war-criminals-become-serbia-s-heroes--10-09-2017
09 Oct 17

How Did War Criminals Become Serbia’s Heroes?

War criminals who have served their sentences have become active participants in political life in Serbia thanks to the government and media, which have decided to forget what they did and promote them as heroes.

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.

haradinaj-has-been-useful-enemy-for-serbia-s-leader-09-20-2017
20 Sep 17

Haradinaj Has Been Useful Enemy for Serbia’s Leader

Only Aleksandar Vucic could pull off the trick of making political capital out of denouncing Ramush Haradinaj’s ‘crimes’ – before then instructing his clients in Kosovo to make him Prime Minister.

why-kosovo-s-serbs-cannot-become-political-kingmakers-08-30-2017
30 Aug 17

Why Kosovo’s Serbs Cannot Become Political Kingmakers

The Kosovo Serbs ought to have real leverage in the country – but for a variety of reasons, they are not realising this potential.

actions-not-words-will-thaw-kosovo-serbia-relations-08-17-2017
17 Aug 17

Actions, Not Words, Will Thaw Kosovo-Serbia Relations

Recent statements from Belgrade offer fresh hope for lasting reconciliation between Serbia and Kosovo – but warm words need to be backed up by concrete actions.

fixing-what-s-wrong-with-kosovo-politics-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Fixing What’s Wrong With Kosovo Politics

Kosovo’s current crisis is a result of local power struggles and bungled foreign interference – and until people realise that, the political system will remain damaged.

what-kosovo-can-t-expect-from-vucic-s-call-for-dialogue-08-14-2017
14 Aug 17

What Kosovo Can(’t) Expect from Vucic’s Call for Dialogue

Far from signalling a new era in Serbia-Kosovo relations, Vucic’s recent call to ‘get real’ on the issue could lead to attempts to redraw borders.