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Romania’s Justice Minister Resigns as Mass Protests Persist, Any Other Questions?

Florin Iordache, Romania’s Minister of Justice and a member of the ruling Social Democratic Party (PSD) has resigned following more than a week of massive street protests against an emergency decree that would have decriminalized a range of corruption offenses. The government ultimately repealed the contentious ordinance on Sunday, which…

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What’s Going on with Members of Congress and Macedonia?

Several members of the US Congress seem to have taken a peculiar (and some say unprecedented) sort of interest in Macedonia recently. Why might that be and where might it lead? It’s a warm evening in May, and I’m sitting in a garden in Skopje listening to Toni, the elderly…

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Ivica Tončev or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love School

The Serbian government just appointed Ivica Tončev State Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on December 12th. He appears to have lied about his university education, even claiming to have attended institutions that do not exist.  He’s trained as an auto mechanic. Since Ivica Tončev was appointed advisor to Serbia’s Foreign Minister…

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Op-ed: Changing Britain, A Reply to Sara Gvero on the EU Referendum

Dragan Plavšić offers an alternative take on Britain’s decision to leave the EU, the rise in racist incidents since the referendum, and parallels with Yugoslavia. Introduction Sara Gvero (‘Shrinking Britain: A Migrant’s View on the EU Referendum’ Balkanist July 6, 2016) laments the UK’s decision to leave the EU. She…

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Postcard from Kumanovo: The Chessboard and the Carnival

“This is part of a game of chess. Some make protests, others make killings,” said Davor, talking about the situation in his hometown of Kumanovo as we rode in on a bus just after noon on Sunday. By then the town had played host to intense shootouts between police and…

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Op-ed: How Low Can He Go?

On the evening of May the 8th, the police forces of Macedonia entered Divo Naselje, a part of the northern city of Kumanovo. According to official sources, the police had information about a terrorist group hiding in some of the houses in this ethnically-mixed part of town that was planning…

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