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vucic-gears-up-for-belgrade-city-elections-06-19-2017
19 Jun 17

Vucic Gears Up for Belgrade City Elections

Just weeks after winning nationwide presidential polls, new President Aleksandar Vucic already appears to be preparing his campaign for the all-important municipal elections in the Serbian capital.

aleksandar-vucic-s-broken-promises-to-america-06-16-2017
19 Jun 17

Aleksandar Vucic’s Broken Promises to America

President Vucic has repeatedly promised to resolve the murders of the Albanian-American Bytyqi brothers in Serbia in 1999, so when he visits Washington, the US must pressure him to finally deliver.

serbian-media-barons-catch-vucic-off-guard-06-13-2017
13 Jun 17

Serbian Media Barons Catch Vucic off Guard

The apparent decision of two of Serbia’s biggest media moguls to directly enter the political arena poses an intriguing dilemma for Aleksandar Vucic - and for the opposition.

theatre-prize-scandal-damages-wrong-target-06-08-2017
09 Jun 17

Serbian Theatre Prize ‘Scandal’ Damages Wrong Target

The wrong-headed political scandal sparked by the jury’s decision not to award any prizes at Serbia’s most prestigious theatre festival has damaged us all.

us-balkan-policy-will-eventually-catch-up-with-reality-06-07-2017
08 Jun 17

US Balkan Policy Will Eventually Catch Up With Reality

At some point, Washington will be forced to re-engage with the Balkans and work out a new policy that is in tune with political reality.

serbian-courts-reinterpret-history-to-forgive-chetniks-crimes-06-06-2017
06 Jun 17

Serbian Courts Reinterpret History to Forgive Chetniks’ Crimes

The recent legal rehabilitation of Chetnik commander Nikola Kalabic shows how the crimes committed during World War II have been reinterpreted in Serbia in order to posthumously absolve their perpetrators.

trump-s-presidency-keeps-us-balkan-policy-unchanged-05-30-2017
30 May 17

Trump’s Presidency Keeps US Balkan Policy Unchanged

While many expected US foreign policy to undergo some U-turns under Trump, his lack of engagement in international affairs – with a few exceptions – seems to mean Washington’s role in the Balkans is tantamount to “leading from behind”.

mogherini-must-build-on-west-s-balkan-breakthroughs-05-24-2017
24 May 17

Mogherini Must Build on West’s Balkan Breakthroughs

The EU and US must follow up their recent successes in knocking heads together in Macedonia and Albania – or the region’s descent into a dangerous crisis will continue.

tacit-thaci-vucic-alliance-again-outsmarts-the-west-05-18-2017
18 May 17

Tacit Thaci-Vucic ‘Alliance’ Again Outsmarts the West

As the leaders of both Kosovo and Serbia game the West - by feigning a commitment to the EU Dialogue that neither intends to honour – it is time the West came up with a master plan.

eu-watches-idly-as-balkans-slides-into-chaos-05-05-2017
05 May 17

EU Watches Idly As Balkans Slides Into Chaos

The recent violence in Macedonia, and the various crises in and between Albania, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, all suggest the Balkans may be sliding into turmoil and even conflict.

a-turkish-scenario-for-the-balkans--04-20-2017
20 Apr 17

A Turkish Scenario for the Balkans?

The result of the recent referendum in Turkey may have a ripple effect in the Balkans - but don’t expect dramatic changes. 

un-balks-at-justice-for-kosovo-lead-poisoning-victims-04-19-2017
19 Apr 17

UN Balks at Justice for Kosovo Lead-Poisoning Victims

The United Nations is ignoring own advice to give a clear apology for a tragedy that was its fault, seriously undermining the ability to press governments on human rights violations.

vucic-s-brand-of-stability-will-be-short-lived-04-18-2017
19 Apr 17

Vucic’s Brand of “Stability” Will be Short-lived

The West will live to regret putting its faith in Aleksandar Vucic as the great ‘factor of stability’ in the Balkans. 

europe-is-not-in-a-new-age-of-dictators--04-12-2017
12 Apr 17

Europe is Not in a New ‘Age of Dictators’

Strongmen may be on the rise in parts of Eastern Europe but fears for the future of European democracy are exaggerated.

why-do-serbia-s-presidential-elections-mean-so-much--03-31-2017
31 Mar 17

Why Do Serbia’s Presidential Elections Mean So Much?

The Serbian presidential elections aren’t important because of the ceremonial role of the president, but because if Aleksandar Vucic does not win outright, the weak and fragmented opposition could stage a revival.