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Dramatic parliamentary elections in Bulgaria: will Borissov transfer power peacefully?

The election results in Bulgaria could be understood as a victory for its civil society. The outcome may bring about changes that could strengthen democracy and make politics in the country more transparent.

April 14, 2021 - Radosveta Vassileva

Lessons for Brexit Britain from the Balkans

Disputes over sovereignty may drag on for decades. What can the UK learn from the conflict over Kosovo's sovereignty?

April 13, 2021 - George Kyris Luke Bacigalupo

Trouble in Kosovo: The ongoing dilemma of war crime indictments

On November 5th 2020, Hacim Thaçi, President of Kosovo, publicly announced his resignation and flew to The Hague to face trial. Thaçi is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity dating from his time as a Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander in the 1990s, crimes that he vehemently denies. He was accompanied by other prominent Kosovan politicians from both the governing and opposition parties in the indictment. This is the most dramatic incident amongst a series of high-profile indictments against Kosovo’s leadership since the country’s unilateral declaration of independence in 1999.

January 28, 2021 - Owen Howells

The next High Representative must reconsider European power-sharing solutions for Bosnia

Is it time Bosnia and Herzegovina applied power-sharing models found in other divided societies in Europe? The next High Representative must continue working towards preserving the fragile balance between three ethnic groups in the country.

January 25, 2021 - Ivan Pepic

North Macedonia’s EU challenges: the Bulgarian ego and mechanisms of defence

Following the resolution of an almost three-decades-long surreal name dispute with Greece, North Macedonia’s path to EU membership looked relatively optimistic. Until recently.

December 14, 2020 - Bojidar Kolov

A case of the tail wagging the dog? Bulgaria, the EU and North Macedonia

Bulgaria's veto on the opening of EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia comes as a result of how the country's elites envision a "Bulgarian world".

December 10, 2020 - Tomasz Kamusella

What lurks behind Bulgaria’s “veto” on North Macedonia’s accession talks? 

Bulgaria's decision to block North Macedonian accession talks with the EU is being portrayed as a result of how the two neighbours view their history and language. A Friendship Treaty between the two is being used to raise tensions rather than alleviate them.

November 30, 2020 - Radosveta Vassileva

The price of democracy in Montenegro

The electoral defeat of the Democratic Party of Socialists in Montenegro opens a new chapter in the country's politics. It remains to be seen what the reaction of the parties representing the minorities in the country will be to the new situation of their traditional allies.

November 13, 2020 - Austin Doehler

As Serbia strengthens ties with West, Russia seeks to destabilise

According to recent research, 65 per cent of Serbian citizens support the strengthening of co-operation between Serbia and the United States in the fields of security, defence and economy.

September 3, 2020 - Jelena Milić

President Vučić’s bizarre interview and what it reveals about the upcoming Serbia-Kosovo dialogue

A recent interview with the president of Serbia leaves behind some clues as to what may unfold in the upcoming White House meeting.

September 2, 2020 - Leon Hartwell

Serbia’s self-defeating neo-Yugoslavism

Vučić's Serbia stands by the Yugoslav practice of manipulating its relations with Moscow to gain advantages from the West.

August 19, 2020 - Janusz Bugajski

Unity within Montenegro’s Albanian community would benefit the whole country

As in the previous elections, Albanian parties in Montenegro have failed to form a joint coalition.

August 6, 2020 - Visar Xhambazi

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