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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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02 May 17

Macedonia: A Country Descending into Lawlessness

Attacks on MPs inside the parliament show that Macedonia’s political crisis is spinning out of control, so the EU and US must act now to stop the situation deteriorating further.

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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. 

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12 Apr 17

Europe is Not in a New ‘Age of Dictators’

Strongmen may be on the rise in parts of Eastern Europe but fears for the future of European democracy are exaggerated.

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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.

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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. 

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21 Mar 17

Gruevski’s Party has Left Macedonia in Limbo

The former PM and his allies are deliberately misleading the public in order to discredit the proposed coalition led by the Social Democrats and foment ethnic tensions.

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20 Mar 17

EU’s Own Credibility is at Stake in Macedonia

In its approach to Macedonia, and the Balkans, the EU has neglected democratisation in the name of stability - and has so betrayed its own values and empowered local autocrats.

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14 Mar 17

Balkan Politicians Seek to Profit from Macedonia’s Troubles

Macedonia’s seemingly benevolent neighbours are using ‘concern’ over the situation there for their own murky games and purposes.