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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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08 Feb 17

Russia Never Went Away from the Balkans

If the West now has to compete with Russia for influence in the Balkans, that might not be a bad thing.

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20 Jan 17

Balkan States Eye Their Prospects in Trump Era

Countries in the region are pondering whether they will lose or gain from a Trump presidency – but the end results of this new era are hard to call.

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09 Jan 17

Balkans 2017: Economies Will Grow Despite Political Tensions

Most Balkan states will be slightly better off at the end of this year than they were at the beginning - despite the best efforts of the political class to keep tensions on the boil.

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15 Nov 16

Bulgaria, Moldova Complete Putin’s Lucky Week

Russia’s leader can only be satisfied that Donald Trump’s seismic victory in the US has been followed by the victories of pro-Moscow candidates closer to home.

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10 Nov 16

Romania Still Dodging Accountability for CIA Torture Site

Despite the evidence, the Romanian government is still refusing to acknowledge that the CIA operated a covert detention centre in Bucharest where ‘War on Terror’ prisoners were tortured.

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09 Nov 16

Don’t Expect Balkan U-Turns From Trump Presidency

Serbs may be rejoicing over the Republican candidate’s win, but substantial changes in US relations with the region are unlikely.

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08 Feb 16

Hit Book Paints Grim Picture of UK Romanians

The bleak lives of failed Romanian immigrants who camp in the London underpasses are brought sharply into focus in a new warts-and-all account of immigrant London.

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07 Dec 15

Romania’s ‘Mrs Justice’ Takes on Corruption

Is the anti-corruption campaign in Romania led by Laura Codruta Kovesi really about to eradicate widespread graft in the Balkan country?

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05 Nov 15

Why Romanians Decided Not to ‘Give in’

The success of the protests that forced out the Ponta government indicates that Romanians have had enough of a culture of generalized corruption.

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09 Jan 15

The Balkan Muslim ‘Threat’ has Never Materialised

Paradoxically, the Islamist danger is not coming from where once it was most expected - from among Muslims in the Balkans.

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12 Mar 13

Britain’s Mindless New ‘Bulgarian Agitation’

The media campaign against Bulgarian and Romanian immigrants plumbs new depths each week. Who would have guessed this country once put Bulgaria on a pedestal?

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27 Jan 12

Lustration Should Not be About Purges

The lustration process in Macedonia is one of several in the region that have gone horribly wrong - becoming a tool by which the authorities stigmatise their enemies.

09 Mar 10

Crisis Will Not Shake Fundamentals of Greek Diplomacy

In spite of its current economic troubles,  the broad thrust of Greek foreign policy – on the  Macedonia name dispute and other issues – will remain unaltered.
21 Dec 09

Romania Still Haunted by its 'Stolen Revolution'

Our BIRN correspondent recalls the stirring events of 20 years ago, which toppled a hated regime but which now leave many people feeling ambivalent.