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europe-s-new-balkan-strategy-gets-dynamics-all-wrong-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Europe’s New Balkan Strategy Gets Dynamics All Wrong

The Commission’s new enlargement strategy for the Balkans is ambitious - but fundamentally misreads the serious nature of the challenges to democracy in the region.

murder-measles-and-new-tanks-01-17-2018
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.

how-rich-are-the-balkans-top-politicians--01-16-2018
17 Jan 18

How Rich Are the Balkans’ Top Politicians?

Senior politicians in the region may earn far more than the average citizen – but the biggest earners are rarely those occupying the highest state posts. 

macedonia-greece-must-seize-historic-opportunity-dimitrov-01-16-2018
17 Jan 18

Macedonia, Greece, ‘Must Seize Historic Opportunity’ – Dimitrov

In an interview with BIRN, Macedonia’s foreign minister, Nikola Dimitrov, says the two countries have a duty to use the current momentum to finally resolve their ancient disputes.

parents-of-albanian-isis-martyrs-abandoned-to-grief-01-12-2018
15 Jan 18

Parents of Albanian ISIS ‘Martyrs’ Abandoned to Grief

Their sons went to fight for ISIS in Syria or Iraq, and some even had children in the conflict zone - then they were killed, leaving their impoverished relatives in Kosovo, Albania and Macedonia to suffer.

macedonia-2018-all-eyes-focus-on-name-agreement-01-11-2018
12 Jan 18

Macedonia 2018: All Eyes Focus on ‘Name’ Agreement

After a year of turbulence, there are hopes of breakthrough this year in Macedonia’s stalled NATO and EU accession bids, provided a compromise is finally reached on the long-standing ‘name’ dispute.

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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.

china-s-stealthy-advance-in-balkans-should-worry-eu-01-11-2018
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.

bear-claims-sink-their-claws-into-macedonia-s-budget-01-03-2018
10 Jan 18

Bear Claims Sink Their Claws Into Macedonia’s Budget

Over the last five years, courts in Macedonia have ordered the state to pay out millions of euros for damages caused by bears, relying often on the flimsiest evidence.

macedonia-probing-for-truth-about-ethnic-violence-trials-12-28-2017
29 Dec 17

Macedonia: Probing for Truth about Ethnic Violence Trials

The ousting of Nikola Gruevski’s regime in 2017 brought new hope for those who felt they were unjustly tried for terrorism in several murky, high-profile court cases that troubled inter-ethnic relations in Macedonia.

balkans-in-2017-two-cheers-for-the-economy-12-26-2017
26 Dec 17

Balkans in 2017: Two Cheers for the Economy

Balkan economies made real progress in 2017 but media freedom ebbed in some countries, and the region remained hostage to East-West rivalry for influence.

balkans-heroes-people-who-saved-the-2017-12-25-2017
25 Dec 17

Balkans Heroes – People Who Saved 2017

As the Balkans readies for a new year, we bring you a list of ‘Balkan heroes’ – men and women who acted selflessly in tough times, or when no one else was brave enough to do so.

european-banks-must-stop-funding-balkan-hydropower-plants-12-22-2017
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.

macedonia-broadcaster-blew-millions-on-vmro-dpmne-s-history-movies-12-20-2017-1
22 Dec 17

Macedonia Broadcaster Blew Millions on VMRO DPMNE’s History Movies

BIRN research shows how the country’s public broadcaster was used to bring the former ruling party’s historical obsessions to the country’s TV screens.

hague-tribunal-closes-down-leaving-disputed-legacy-12-20-2017
21 Dec 17

Hague Tribunal Closes Down, Leaving Disputed Legacy

The UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia shuts on Thursday after convicting 90 war criminals, but its successes have been accompanied by courtroom controversies and a disputed legacy in Balkan countries.