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macedonian-has-provided-a-blueprint-for-the-balkans-10-19-2017
20 Oct 17

Macedonia Has Provided a Blueprint for the Balkans

Events in Macedonia have powerfully confirmed the thesis that it is not parties or foreign governments that bring about democratic change in  authoritarian regimes, but grassroots popular mobilization.

europe-must-support-winds-of-change-in-macedonia-10-12-2017
10 Oct 17

Europe Must Support ‘Winds of Change’ in Macedonia

As the new government under Zoran Zaev makes welcome moves towards openness and transparency, it’s time for Europe and NATO to respond with support and encouragement.

local-election-catches-macedonia-s-parties-unprepared-09-28-2017
29 Sep 17

Local Election Catches Macedonia’s Parties Unprepared

Exhausted by the country’s years-long political crisis, the two main parties have started the local election campaign short of promises and looking weary already.

weakened-merkel-is-bad-news-for-the-balkans-09-27-2017
27 Sep 17

Weakened Merkel is Bad News For the Balkans

An enfeebled Angela Merkel means a weaker, less courageous Germany – which will not do any of the Balkan states hoping to join the EU any favours.

albanian-parties-face-high-stakes-in-macedonia-polls-09-17-2017-1
18 Sep 17

Albanian Parties Face High Stakes in Macedonia Polls

The local elections in Macedonia will not only be an important test of strength for the two main Macedonian parties, but for the Albanian bloc as well.

macedonia-has-become-the-casablanca-of-the-balkans-09-04-2017
05 Sep 17

Macedonia Has Become the Casablanca of the Balkans

The brief diplomatic spat between Serbia and Macedonia was both a proverbial storm in a teacup – but also much more than that.

vmro-dpmne-is-jeopardising-macedonia-s-eu-prospects-08-18-2017
18 Aug 17

VMRO DPMNE is Jeopardising Macedonia’s EU Prospects

Having lost power, Macedonia’s former ruling party is clearly bent on obstructing the work of the new parliament and hampering progress towards EU integration.

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04 Aug 17

Will the Bulgarian-Macedonian Treaty Work?

The good-neighbourliness treaty recently signed by Bulgaria and Macedonia is a fine idea, but domestic political wrangles and differing interpretations of history in the two countries could easily undermine it.

stagnant-bosnia-awaits-its-macedonian-moment--06-20-2017-1
21 Jun 17

Stagnant Bosnia Awaits its “Macedonian Moment”

Events in Macedonia have shown that genuine change remains possible in this region – but only if ordinary citizens are prepared to lead the way. 

macedonia-needs-people-serving-governance-06-07-2017
09 Jun 17

Macedonia Needs People-Serving Governance

The new political leadership must ensure Macedonia’s future is free of corruption and founded on the principles of accountability, transparency, equality and justice.

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.

trump-s-presidency-keeps-us-balkan-policy-unchanged-05-30-2017
30 May 17

Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged

While many expected US foreign policy to undergo some U-turns under Trump, his lack of engagement in international affairs – with a few exceptions – seems to mean Washington’s role in the Balkans is tantamount to “leading from behind”.

mogherini-must-build-on-west-s-balkan-breakthroughs-05-24-2017
24 May 17

Mogherini Must Build on West’s Balkan Breakthroughs

The EU and US must follow up their recent successes in knocking heads together in Macedonia and Albania – or the region’s descent into a dangerous crisis will continue.

autocracy-has-fallen-in-macedonia-nationalism-has-not-05-08-2017
08 May 17

Autocracy has Fallen in Macedonia - Nationalism Has Not

The VMRO DPMNE-led nationalist autocracy in Macedonia may be coming to an end - but nationalism itself will remain, embedded in the heart of the political mainstream.

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.