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russia-lures-turkey-from-nato-with-missile-deal-11-17-2017
17 Nov 17

Russia Lures Turkey From NATO With Missile Deal

Turkey’s plans to buy Russian S-400 missile systems alarm its Western allies but form part of an ever-closer partnership with Russia that will have an obvious impact on the Balkans.

hague-tribunal-and-serbs-spend-2m-on-mladic-trial-11-15-2017
17 Nov 17

Hague Tribunal and Serbs Spent €2m on Mladic Trial

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic’s defence team, plus his relatives’ visits to the detention unit and financial aid to him personally, have cost the Hague Tribunal, the Bosnian Serbs and Serbia over two million euros.

justice-hopes-fade-for-victims-of-devastated-vukovar-11-15-2017
17 Nov 17

Justice Hopes Fade for Victims of Devastated Vukovar

Lack of political will, inefficient prosecutors and poor cooperation between Belgrade and Zagreb means some families of people killed in and around the Croatian town of Vukovar in 1991 may never get justice.

serbia-s-border-demands-add-to-bosnia-s-headaches-11-14-2017
15 Nov 17

Serbia’s Border Demands Add to Bosnia’s Headaches

Serbian and Bosnian Serb leaders say the border issues between the two states will be solved by the end of the year, but some experts say it won’t be nearly so simple.

serbian-authorities-obstructing-free-media-journalists-say-11-13-2017
15 Nov 17

Serbian Authorities ‘Obstructing’ Free Media, Journalists Say

Serbia’s independent investigative journalists share their experiences of the routine intimidation people in the media face in their work.

kosovo-with-the-largest-govt-of-its-post-war-history-yet-not-efficient-11-09-2017
13 Nov 17

Kosovo's Huge New Govt Scorned as 'Chaotic'

With over 50 deputy ministers already and more, apparently, to come, Ramush Haradinaj's government is the largest in Kosovo’s post-war history, which analysts say will greatly complicate its work.

hopes-rise-for-settlement-to-macedonia-name-dispute-11-13-2017
13 Nov 17

Hopes Rise for Settlement to Macedonia Name Dispute

Optimism is growing that Greece and Macedonia can finally settle a long-standing dispute that has held up Macedonia’s Euro-Atlantic integration.

eu-wises-up-to-moldova-s-geopolitical-games-11-06-2017
09 Nov 17

EU Wises up to Moldova’s Geopolitical Games

Moldova’s scandal-ridden governments have been playing the ‘Western’ card for years as they advance on the road to EU membership – but Brussels is becoming increasingly suspicious of their intentions.

resistance-grows-in-albania-to-rama-s-tax-reforms-11-08-2017
08 Nov 17

Resistance Grows in Albania to Rama’s Tax Reforms

Controversial reforms designed to curb the grey economy by forcing small firms to pay VAT, among other things, are coming under increasingly hostile scrutiny.

kosovo-s-oldest-party-hails-local-election-comeback-11-05-2017
08 Nov 17

Kosovo's Oldest Party Hails Local Election Comeback

Solid results in the local elections have given the Democratic League of Kosovo new hope that better days lie ahead – but some experts say celebrations would be premature.

serbian-media-and-politicians-abusing-murder-case-11-03-2017
07 Nov 17

Serbian Media Slated for Exploiting Singer Murder Case

As the flow of lurid stories about the murder of a singer continues, critics say the tabloid media have grossly violated ethical norms to keep the story going.

threat-to-quit-cefta-stirs-debate-in-kosovo-11-05-2017
06 Nov 17

Threat to Quit CEFTA Stirs Debate in Kosovo

As Kosovo’s government mulls withdrawing from CEFTA, citing its unequal treatment, economists warn that a halt to regional free trade will result in price rises.

balkan-muslims-stage-counteroffensive-against-radicals-10-31-2017
06 Nov 17

Balkan Muslims Stage Counteroffensive Against Radicals

Balkan youth have been an easy target for extremists seeking to radicalise them and convince them to fight abroad, but now parents, activists and official Islamic organisations are striking back.

kosovo-faces-dilemma-over-turkish-extradition-demand-11-03-2017
04 Nov 17

Kosovo Faces Dilemma Over Turkish Extradition Demand

After Kosovo arrested an alleged Gulenist teacher on a Turkish warrant, the country’s justice system faces a tough decision on extradition, which will either upset Ankara or the EU.

belgrade-vote-could-derail-vucic-regime--10-06-2017
02 Nov 17

Vucic’s Fears For Belgrade ‘Pushing Serbia Into Elections’

As Serbia’s President hints at another snap election next year, in tandem with the local elections for Belgrade, analysts believe the move reflects the ruling party’s fear that it could lose control of the capital.