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A New Wave in Balkan Politics?

A few young political thinkers from the Balkans have been getting a lot of international attention lately. Sergej Dojcinovic speaks with Serbian-Canadian film director Boris Malagurski and Croatian MP Ivan Pernar in search of political alternatives. Time – that inescapable force that puts everyone and everything into the dustbin of history. If…

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Fleeing Decades of War, Refugees from Afghanistan Are Stranded in Serbia

Fleeing nearly four decades of continuous war and a recent resurgence in terrorist violence and U.S. airstrikes at home, many refugees from Afghanistan remain stranded in Serbia with little hope of ever being granted asylum in the EU. Emerging from the darkness of an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade’s “new Berlin” nightlife…

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Letter from Shkodër: The Future of Football in Kosovo

After receiving a thrashing from Croatia in a historic World Cup qualifier in Shkodër, Robert O’Connor takes a look at the past and uncertain future of football in Kosovo.  Midnight in Shkodër. It’s peaceful, almost deserted. The Catherine Wheels that had shed their sparks all along the main street earlier in…

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Croatia vs. Turkey: Remembering the Mostar Football Violence of 2008

As Croatia and Turkey face off at the European championship, Albinko Hasic takes a look back at the football violence that erupted in Mostar after the last time the two teams met in 2008.  As the last seconds elapsed, Croatia’s Euro 2008 dreams were over. Falling like Icarus, only seconds…

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In Their Own Words: Balkan Youth on the Legacy of the ICTY

In late March, two long-awaited verdicts on war crimes charges were handed down in the Hague. First, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić was found guilty of one count of genocide in Srebrenica. A week later, Serbian Radical Party leader Vojislav Šešelj was acquitted. I decided to ask young people…

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At Sea: A Decades-Long Maritime Border Dispute Between Croatia and Slovenia Hits Another Roadblock with Far-reaching Implications

The international arbitration proceedings in The Hague over the territorial dispute for Piran Bay between Croatia and Slovenia grinds to a halt, challenging the legitimacy of pre-EU accession promises made. The latest chapter of the ongoing maritime border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia took place last month, as the Permanent…

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Serbia, Steven Seagal and the S-300 Missile Defense System

Welcome to Serbia at its weirdest. Russia’s deputy prime minister enjoys taunting the United States and its NATO allies by tweeting pictures of nuclear submarines, strategic bombers and Soyuz-2 rockets. And on Monday, Dmitry Rogozin was in Belgrade to promote these very things: the output of his country’s military-industrial complex.…

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