We Asked: What’s Next for Macedonia?

Yesterday, President Gjorgje Ivanov finally granted former opposition leader Zoran Zaev a mandate to form a new government, effectively ending a two-year political crisis. But much work remains to be done. We asked people in Macedonia about what’s next for the country, what kinds of challenges the new government is likely to…


A Slow Conservative Revolution? Academia, Clientelism and the Right in Croatia

What’s wrong with Croatian academia? Andrew Hodges explains how new criteria has created barriers to entering academia and is pushing the country’s public discourse further and further towards the political right. (Croatian version follows the English).  ‘Rational and National’ reads a poster slogan advertising Bruna Esih’s candidacy for the position of Mayor of…


No, the EU Hasn’t Necessarily “Dodged a Bullet” in Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s recent parliamentary election was widely declared a victory for EU interests by the western media, but a closer look at the complicated web of Kremlin influence and “pro-Russia” and “pro-EU” loyalties in Bulgaria reveals a far more complex picture, argues Michael Colborne.   Bulgaria got caught in the western media…