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With strong governments in power in Athens and Skopje, and with moderate proposals on the table, the chance to end this 18-year dispute has never looked more realistic.
A broad regional coalition of civil society associations from the countries of the former Yugoslavia is planning to strongly pressure the succession countries into forming regional commissions to establish the facts on war crimes and other severe violations of human rights.
In a move which has provoked controversy, Macedonia’s DUI, junior partners in the ruling coalition, are pushing for state pensions to be awarded to former ethnic Albanian insurgents injured in the 2001 conflict and to the families of those killed.
Border points in the Balkans, or Kufiri in Albanian, are a nightmare, but the Kosovo-Serbia crossings are bordering on madness.
Many experts believe behind-the-scenes talks with Greece are taking place already – and could result in a compromise that unblocks Macedonia’s path towards NATO and the EU.
Success of future rounds of enlargement will depend on communicating to the EU public and on listening to their concerns, Commission will say.
Balkan Insight presents highlights from the EU document detailing the state of each country in the region, which is due for release later this week.
While some experts believe Greece’s new leftist government may be more flexible on name issue, others warn that solving this dispute will not be a priority for Athens.
Launched amid fanfare, book’s fate now unclear after Albanians erupt in fury over passages concerning their history in region.
Slovenian philosopher, psychoanalyst, and sociologist Slavoj Zizek tells BIRN`s Life in Kosovo show that conflict in the Balkans could be avoided with an exchange of territory.
Local experts downplay talk of mass emigration to the EU after the abolition of visas takes effect.
Decision to favour Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia over Albania, Bosnia and Kosovo draws some cheers - but also complaints of political favouritism and double standards.