Tag: EU

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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As a Macedonian, I mourn.

Whichever way the course of events develops, there is one thing that will remain in history and, hopefully, in our consciousness: The ordeal of hundreds of children crying at the border of our country, afraid of the stun grenades and tear gas, forever bearing the imagery of a Macedonian police…

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No-Man’s Land: Life on the Serbia-Hungary Border

A peacetime no-man’s land is opening up in the Western Balkans, populated by refugees and asylum seekers who suffer the consequences of the joint failures of Serbia, Hungary, and the EU.  One well-trodden route travelled by refugees towards central Europe takes them through Macedonia to Serbia and towards Hungary, where…

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Bosnia-Herzegovina after the German-British Initiative

Where does Bosnia-Herzegovina go after the seeming failure of the much touted German-British Initiative and the Compact for Growth? Jasmin Mujanović argues the need for “terrified elites.” Commissioner Johannes Hahn will not be coming to Sarajevo, after all. Former High-Representative Christian Schwarz-Schilling has called it a catastrophe. The sugar, as…

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UPDATE: Participant in Belgrade LGBT Conference in Critical Condition After Attack

A participant at a conference on LGBT issues in Serbia is in critical condition at a Belgrade hospital today after a brutal attack left him so injured he required emergency brain surgery. Alex Cooper, a conference participant and graduate student at Central European University, told Balkanist that witnesses said the perpetrators shouted,…

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Whose Dream is this Anyway? Observations from Serbia on EU membership

B. Kal Munis takes a trip through Serbia and finds enthusiasm for the EU in steep decline, while support for Russia remains high.  In June 2013, Serbia was granted official candidate status, thus moving the country one step further on its journey to join the European Union (EU). This journey…

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