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Serbia Recalls All Diplomats from Macedonia, Accuses Macedonia of Illegal Surveillance

The latest diplomatic gossip from the Balkans, where Serbia has abruptly withdrawn its entire embassy staff from Macedonia and then accused the country’s prime minister of “betraying Serbia” and illegally bugging the Serbian president.   On Sunday night, Serbia pulled its entire embassy staff out of Macedonia. President Aleksandar Vucic claimed authorities had discovered that Skopje was…

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A Conversation With Carl Bildt

A while back, I interviewed the most enigmatic diplomat in the world: Carl Bildt. Mr. Bildt has served as Sweden’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, and held a number of posts in the Balkans, including as the EU’s Special Envoy to the former Yugoslavia, Co-Chairman of the Dayton Peace Conference…

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Time to Pull Out the Stick

The EU has rewarded superficial reforms and tolerated undemocratic, if not outright despotic leadership in the Balkans for far too long. It’s time for that to change, and there’s no better place to begin than in Macedonia.At a recent regional conference on the Western Balkans, I heard an outgoing Minister…

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Postcard from Skopje: Night of the Blunt Knives

When God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son,” he was putting him on. Four thousand years later and Skopje’s clique of Euro-Atlantic foreign ambassadors are God to Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski’s hard-of-hearing Abraham. To the best of my knowledge, neither of Gruevski’s biological children have been harmed. Cousin…

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