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17 Jan 18

Murder, Measles and New Tanks

Not quite a promising start to 2018 in the Western Balkans: The year's dawn saw three deaths from a curable disease followed by the assassination of a prominent politician in Northern Kosovo.

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12 Jan 18

Balkans Fail to Feature in Russia’s Election Race

Foreign policy is a key issue in any Russian presidential election – but in this one, the once important Balkan region appears to be a non-issue.

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11 Jan 18

China’s Stealthy Advance in Balkans Should Worry EU

While Europe focuses on the threat of Russian penetration in Eastern Europe, it is neglecting the subtler dangers than come from China’s growing influence in the region.

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22 Dec 17

European Banks Must Stop Funding Balkan Hydropower Plants

A new report shows that even small power plants funded by European banks are inflicting serious damage on the region’s precious natural habitats.

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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.

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12 Dec 17

Why Macedonians and Greeks Should Work Together

Confidence-building initiatives that bring civil society activists in Greece and Macedonia together in practical ways have helped lay some of the groundwork for a potential rapprochement between Skopje and Athens.

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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.

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26 Oct 17

Reality Check for Bulgaria’s Balkan Leadership Ambitions

Bulgaria’s upcoming EU presidency gives Prime Minister Boyko Borissov the opportunity to portray the country as a leader in the Balkans - but regional problems mean he might not achieve the grand successes he craves.

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24 Oct 17

Austria’s Right Turn Will Set Balkan Liberals Back

If Austria’s conservatives put together a government with the far right, the effects will be felt from Brussels to the Balkans.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.