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is-feudal-ex-yugoslavia-incapable-of-reform--02-20-2017
21 Feb 17

Is Feudal Ex-Yugoslavia Incapable of Reform?

Western Balkan societies remain mired in squalor and resentment because we have not had the courage to demand anything better or confront our feudal, predatory elites.

more-work-for-the-balkan-map-makers--02-12-2017
13 Feb 17

More Work for the Balkan Map Makers?

The 1995 Dayton deal ended a boom time for Balkan mapmakers – but with ‘land swaps’ and frontiers once more up for discussion, they could find their services in demand again.

macedonia-pays-dear-to-lure-foreign-investors-02-12-2017
13 Feb 17

Macedonia Pays Dear to Lure Foreign Investors

Macedonia spent at least 150 million euros on attracting foreign investments over the last decade, a study of budget bills shows – over half the value of the investments that the country attracted.

macedonia-s-president-gruevski-s-hostage-or-eminence-grise--02-09-2017
09 Feb 17

Macedonia’s President - Gruevski's Hostage, or Eminence Grise?

Insider testimonies and some of his own past articles suggest that President Gjorge Ivanov was more like Nikola Gruevski’s ideological guru than the puppet many believe him to be.

russia-never-went-away-from-the-balkans-01-18-2017
08 Feb 17

Russia Never Went Away from the Balkans

If the West now has to compete with Russia for influence in the Balkans, that might not be a bad thing.

macedonia-s-ruling-party-lashes-out-against-the-west-02-06-2017
06 Feb 17

Macedonia's Ruling Party Lashes out Against the West

The VMRO DPMNE’s party's aggressive attacks on Western diplomats and flirtation with Moscow are the counter-productive acts of frustrated politicians facing likely demise, observers say.

macedonians-are-mistaken-over-sjo-deadline--02-03-2017
03 Feb 17

Macedonians are Mistaken Over SJO ‘Deadline’

The common belief that Macedonia’s special prosecution has only 18 months to complete its tasks is based on a mistaken understanding of the law.

balkan-jihadi-warriors-remain-safe-on-the-netj-01-27-2017
02 Feb 17

Balkan Jihadi Warriors Remain Safe on the Net

While Balkan countries have curbed the flow of fighters to foreign wars, the online space is still a haven for Islamist extremists who remain out of reach there, recruiting and spreading messages of hate.

dui-split-stopped-macedonia-s-gruevski-forming-govt-01-31-2017
31 Jan 17

DUI Split Stopped Macedonia’s Gruevski Forming Govt

Differences within the Democratic Union for Integration party over the morality of yet another alliance with embattled Macedonian ex-PM Nikola Gruevski prevented his VMRO DPMNE from forming a new government.

the-ruling-vmro-dpmne-party-s-new-campaign-against-soros-funded-ngos-accusing-them-of-being-foreign-mercenaries-is-taking-a-threatening-turn--01-26-2017
26 Jan 17

Macedonian Party Turns Screws on Soros-Funded NGOs

The ruling VMRO DPMNE party's new campaign against Soros-funded NGOs - accusing them of being ‘foreign mercenaries’ - is taking a threatening turn.

investment-in-macedonia-falls-short-of-govt-hype-01-23-2017
23 Jan 17

Investment in Macedonia Falls Short of Govt Hype

BIRN database shows foreign firms invested only a small fraction of money in Macedonian that officials said was in the pipeline.

politicians-red-lines-complicate-macedonia-s-government-talks-01-22-2017
23 Jan 17

‘Red Lines’ Complicate Macedonia’s Government Talks

The preconditions set by the ethnic Albanian parties on language rights and other issues will make the work of forming a new coalition government in Macedonia especially complex.

birth-of-trump-era-divides-balkan-countries-01-20-2017
20 Jan 17

Birth of Trump Era Divides Balkan Countries

Right-wing Serbs are euphoric while Romanians and Bosniaks are worried. All over the Balkans, governments and people are watching to see what a new era in US diplomacy brings.

balkan-states-eye-their-prospects-in-trump-era-01-19-2017
20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

Countries in the region are pondering whether they will lose or gain from a Trump presidency – but the end results of this new era are hard to call.

commissioner-fears-slovenia-aliens-act-may-influence-balkans-01-16-2017
17 Jan 17

Balkan States ‘Could Emulate Slovenian Law Curbing Refugees’

Nils Muiznieks, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, warns that Slovenia’s proposed new Aliens Act will likely cause an unwelcome 'domino effect' along the Balkan refugee route.