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22 Feb 18

Centralised or Decentralised, Balkan States Get it Wrong

Some Balkan countries have centralised political systems while others are decentralised – but both approaches have been taken to their extreme in the region and do not properly serve their purpose.

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20 Feb 18

Montenegrins Spy Gold on California’s Cannabis Farms

Impoverished, indebted and disillusioned Montenegrins are heading off to California where they can earn hundreds of dollars a day on licensed marijuana plantations.

abu-dhabi-funding-fails-to-kickstart-montenegro-s-agriculture-02-08-2018
09 Feb 18

Abu Dhabi Funding Fails to Kickstart Montenegro’s Agriculture

Questions surround the Montenegrin government’s use of an important loan from Abu Dhabi – after one only one of the nine ‘big players’ in farming that obtained cash to develop has since realised its project.

eu-strategy-exacerbates-winner-loser-divide-in-balkans-02-07-2018
07 Feb 18

EU Strategy Exacerbates Winner-Loser Divide in Balkans

While the EU’s new strategy on Balkans gives Serbia and Montenegro reason for optimism about their membership, the other four countries feel out in the cold.

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02 Feb 18

Montenegro Turns Blind Eye to Deep-Sea Treasure Hunters

As organised thieves target Montenegro’s marine heritage, an investigation by CIN-CG/BIRN reveals that no one is being held accountable for this pillage - and the government has failed to protect these sites from devastation.

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.

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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. 

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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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09 Jan 18

‘Disappearing’ Montenegrin Apartments Leave Troops without Homes

Organised crime prosecutors are investigating tender procedures for the construction of apartments for defence staff, which saw a state-favourite firm awarded the contract and left many families without homes they expected.

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27 Dec 17

Facebook Reveals Serbian Fighters’ Role in Ukraine War

Social media posts from the Ukrainian battlefields have been invaluable in enabling prosecutors in Serbia and Montenegro to prove the illegal military action of their nationals in Ukraine.

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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.

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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.

rising-balkan-risks-demand-action-home-and-abroad-12-14-2017
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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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.