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serbia-s-economic-slowdown-alarms-experts-09-22-2017
25 Sep 17

Serbia's Economic Slowdown Alarms Experts

Serbia’s economic growth has slowed down this year, statistics show – and independent experts dispute official claims that this is mainly due to recent bad weather. 

albanians-query-wisdom-of-slimmed-down-government-09-18-2017
19 Sep 17

Albanians Query Wisdom of Slimmed-Down Government

Edi Rama has honoured pledges to cut bureaucracy by radically trimming the size of the cabinet – but some fear the new ‘super-ministries are taking on more than they can handle.

discord-over-russia-widens-cracks-in-eastern-europe-09-13-2017
15 Sep 17

Discord Over Russia Widens Cracks in Eastern Europe

Experts say the Visegrad Group and Balkan countries need to put aside their growing differences on Russia – or migrants – and focus on pragmatic projects that benefit them all.

moldova-feels-squeezed-in-russia-s-information-war-09-06-2017
07 Sep 17

Moldova Feels Squeezed in Russia’s Information War

Corruption and weak legislation have turned Moldova into a media battleground – in which Russia seems to have the upper hand.

staying-power-of-kosovo-s-new-government-doubted-09-06-2017
06 Sep 17

Staying Power of Kosovo’s New Government Doubted

As a disparate group of parties finally form a coalition government in Kosovo, opposition leaders and experts question its strength and durability.

german-turkish-feud-threatens-eu-role-in-balkans-09-02-2017
05 Sep 17

German-Turkish Feud Threatens EU Role in Balkans

If the dispute between Germany and Turkey worsens, President Erdogan will be tempted to try to undermine the EU in the Balkans, experts warn.

croatia-fascist-slogan-threatens-to-topple-govt--08-30-2017
31 Aug 17

Croatia Fascist Slogan Threatens to Topple Govt

The slogan of the Croatian WWII fascist Ustasa movement, ‘Za dom spremni’, remains so politically toxic that a dispute over a plaque bearing the words could bring down the country’s governing coalition.

vetevendosje-set-to-dominate-kosovo-s-future-political-scene-08-28-2017
29 Aug 17

Vetevendosje Set to Dominate Kosovo's Future Political Scene

2017 seems to be the year of Vetevendosje, whose surprising domination in the recent parliamentary elections is expected to be confirmed in the upcoming local elections, experts say.

kosovo-serbia-historic-deal-remains-stuck-years-on-08-25-2017
25 Aug 17

Kosovo-Serbia ‘Historic’ Deal Remains Stuck, Years On

Only one of the four agreements signed between Kosovo and Serbia two years ago has been implemented, while all others are blocked – as the two sides blame each other for the deadlock.

turkish-crisis-fuels-investment-surge-in-balkans-08-21-2017
22 Aug 17

Turkish Crisis Fuels Investment Surge in Balkans

The political crisis in Turkey is motivating many Turkish companies to shift their business operations to the nearby Balkan states.

lucifer-wreaks-havoc-with-balkan-agriculture-08-20-2017
21 Aug 17

‘Lucifer’ Wreaks Havoc With Balkan Agriculture

One of the worst-ever heat waves to hit the Balkans this summer, ‘Lucifer’ has brought drought and forest fires, decimating crops across the region, experts say.

turkish-purges-leave-one-mighty-army-weakened-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Turkish Purges Leave Once Mighty Army Weakened

Once one of the world's strongest armed forces, the Turkish military has been seriously undermined by waves of arrests and dismissals, experts warn.

bosnia-born-american-sues-us-over-travel-ban-08-14-2017
15 Aug 17

Bosnia-Born American Sues US over Travel Ban

A Bosnian-American is suing the US government after he was placed on the ‘no-fly list’, which prevents him from doing his job and from visiting his family in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

bosnia-sees-increase-in-desperate-illegal-migrants-08-10-2017
10 Aug 17

Bosnia Sees Increase in ‘Desperate’ Illegal Migrants

The number of people arriving illegally in Bosnia has grown this year as desperate migrants seek new ways to reach EU states after other countries on the ‘Balkan Route’ closed their borders.

croatia-s-operation-storm-crimes-unpunished-22-years-on-08-03-2017
04 Aug 17

Croatia’s Operation Storm: Crimes Unpunished 22 Years On

An NGO’s criminal complaint accusing unknown perpetrators of committing war crimes during the Croatian military’s Operation Storm, whose 22nd anniversary is marked this weekend, highlights the lack of prosecutions so far.