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centralised-or-decentralised-balkan-states-get-it-wrong-02-22-2018
22 Feb 18

Centralised or Decentralised, Balkan States Get it Wrong

Some Balkan countries have centralised political systems while others are decentralised – but both approaches have been taken to their extreme in the region and do not properly serve their purpose.

from-racak-to-ivanovic-s-death-kosovo-timeline-since-1999-02-17-2018-1
17 Feb 18

From Racak to Ivanovic’s death: Kosovo Timeline since 1999

BIRN looks back at some of the key events that led to Kosovo’s declaration of independence and eventuated after it.

recognizing-the-realities-of-kosovo-02-15-2018
16 Feb 18

Recognising the Realities of Kosovo

Belgrade and Pristina have fought the issue of Kosovo recognition to a stalemate, but the battle will continue until they face reality and decide what they really want.

kosovo-s-new-power-plant-is-an-expensive-mistake-02-13-2018
13 Feb 18

Kosovo’s New Power Plant is an Expensive Mistake

The contract for the New Kosova coal-fired power plant is a monumental error – for which the people of Kosovo will be paying, in various ways, for the next six decades.

eu-strategy-exacerbates-winner-loser-divide-in-balkans-02-07-2018
07 Feb 18

EU Strategy Exacerbates Winner-Loser Divide in Balkans

While the EU’s new strategy on Balkans gives Serbia and Montenegro reason for optimism about their membership, the other four countries feel out in the cold.

eu-s-balkans-strategy-doesn-t-sufficiently-tackle-past-injustices-02-07-2018
07 Feb 18

EU’s Balkan Strategy Misses Chance to Tackle Past Injustice

A new assessment by Impunity Watch finds Balkan states woefully failing to deal with their violent past - but the European Commission’s newly-announced strategy for the region doesn’t provide meaningful incentives for change.

january-is-the-longest-month-02-04-2018
05 Feb 18

January is the Longest Month

Happy February to all!

graduates-in-kosovo-face-years-waiting-for-work-02-02-2018
05 Feb 18

Graduates in Kosovo Face Years Waiting for Work

Widespread cronyism and students’ unsuitable qualifications are among the key factors keeping the unemployment rate worryingly high in Kosovo.

announcements-of-referendum-raises-eyebrows-in-serbia-01-25-2018
26 Jan 18

Experts Query Value on Serbian Referendum on Kosovo

While Serbian politicians, including the President, publicly mull holding a referendum on Serbia- Kosovo relations, few experts believe it will solve much.

revealing-corruption-remains-challenge-for-balkan-media-01-24-2018
25 Jan 18

Revealing Corruption Remains Challenge for Balkan Media

Reporters on corruption and organised crime in the Balkans are subject to a range of different pressures and challenges – as our comparison of reporting on such cases in Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia shows.

the-eu-is-watching-the-balkans-come-undone-01-23-2018
24 Jan 18

The EU is Watching the Balkans Come Undone

Outbursts of violence, illiberal leaders and failures to reform mean Brussels must wake up to the fact that the Balkans are not headed towards EU membership but towards instability .

ivanovic-killing-shows-serbia-and-kosovo-must-cooperate-01-23-2018
23 Jan 18

Ivanovic Killing Shows Serbia and Kosovo Must Cooperate

The EU must use the momentum generated by the joint probe into Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic’s recent assassination to insist that Serbia and Kosovo’s prosecutors continue to work together to tackle serious crimes.

europe-s-new-balkan-strategy-gets-dynamics-all-wrong-01-22-2018
22 Jan 18

Europe’s New Balkan Strategy Gets Dynamics All Wrong

The Commission’s new enlargement strategy for the Balkans is ambitious - but fundamentally misreads the serious nature of the challenges to democracy in the region.

vucic-visits-kosovo-to-benefit-politically-experts-say-01-18-2018
19 Jan 18

Vucic Visiting Kosovo to Profit Politically, Experts Say

Saturday's planned visit to Kosovo by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic – following the assassination of Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic – is being seen as a point-scoring exercise.

future-of-serbia-pristina-dialogue-on-hold-01-17-2018
18 Jan 18

Murder Puts Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue in Doubt

Following the brutal slaying of Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, analysts from both Serbia and Kosovo fear for the future of the EU-led dialogue, which was already in trouble.