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20 Sep 17

Haradinaj Has Been Useful Enemy for Serbia’s Leader

Only Aleksandar Vucic could pull off the trick of making political capital out of denouncing Ramush Haradinaj’s ‘crimes’ – before then instructing his clients in Kosovo to make him Prime Minister.

managing-the-last-days-of-milorad-dodik-09-18-2017
19 Sep 17

Managing the Last Days of Milorad Dodik

The regime in the Bosnian Serb entity is fast imploding – but whether anyone in the West has the will to mediate this process remains unclear.

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18 Sep 17

Albanian Parties Face High Stakes in Macedonia Polls

The local elections in Macedonia will not only be an important test of strength for the two main Macedonian parties, but for the Albanian bloc as well.

russia-s-big-games-strike-echoes-in-the-balkans-09-13-2017
14 Sep 17

Russia’s Big Games Strike Echoes in the Balkans

As Moscow unrolls its biggest military exercise in decades, the Balkans is also feeling the heat from growing tension between East and West.

montenegro-risks-another-war-crimes-trial-failure-09-11-2017
12 Sep 17

Montenegro Risks Another War Crimes Trial Failure

After a series of embarrassing acquittals, Montenegro is launching another flawed war crimes trial, with prosecutors risking failure again because of the desire to get results that will please the EU.

bosnia-s-old-political-dog-won-t-learn-new-tricks-09-12-2017
12 Sep 17

Bosnia's Old Political Dogs Won’t Learn New Tricks

Bosnia's political parties’ self-centred, populist policies may be pushing the country over the edge – but that doesn’t mean any of them will change course.

bosnia-s-political-turmoil-creates-dilemmas-for-its-neighbours-09-05-2017
06 Sep 17

Bosnia’s Political Turmoil Creates Dilemmas for Its Neighbours

The escalation of all-out warfare between the parties in Bosnia creates a diplomatic minefield for Croatian and Serbian leaders as they visit the country.

macedonia-has-become-the-casablanca-of-the-balkans-09-04-2017
05 Sep 17

Macedonia Has Become the Casablanca of the Balkans

The brief diplomatic spat between Serbia and Macedonia was both a proverbial storm in a teacup – but also much more than that.

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04 Sep 17

Bosnia’s ‘Islamist Hub’ Tag is Complete Nonsense

The EU’s anti-terror chief says the UK probably has more Islamist extremists than anywhere else in Europe – so why do people keep going on about Bosnia?

why-kosovo-s-serbs-cannot-become-political-kingmakers-08-30-2017
30 Aug 17

Why Kosovo’s Serbs Cannot Become Political Kingmakers

The Kosovo Serbs ought to have real leverage in the country – but for a variety of reasons, they are not realising this potential.

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25 Aug 17

NATO’s Black Sea Allies Look Divided and Vulnerable

NATO allies Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey cannot agree on a joint policy towards Russia’s military build-up in the region, which leaves all of them vulnerable.

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24 Aug 17

Defending Tito’s Legacy is an Anti-Fascist Duty

The nationalist assault on Tito and on the Partisan legacy is directly linked to the very identity of nationalists – and to their reconciliation with fascism.

vmro-dpmne-is-jeopardising-macedonia-s-eu-prospects-08-18-2017
18 Aug 17

VMRO DPMNE is Jeopardising Macedonia’s EU Prospects

Having lost power, Macedonia’s former ruling party is clearly bent on obstructing the work of the new parliament and hampering progress towards EU integration.

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17 Aug 17

Actions, Not Words, Will Thaw Kosovo-Serbia Relations

Recent statements from Belgrade offer fresh hope for lasting reconciliation between Serbia and Kosovo – but warm words need to be backed up by concrete actions.

croatia-s-far-right-will-profit-from-agrokor-s-fall-08-16-2017
17 Aug 17

Croatia’s Far Right Will Profit From Agrokor’s Fall

The economic giant’s collapse could have momentous political – as well as economic – consequences, not only for Croatia but for the whole region.