Tag: protests

Serbia’s Post-Election Protests: Day 3

Demonstrations against the ‘dictatorship’ of Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic entered their third day today, as thousands of people braved rainy weather in the cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad to protest the powerful premier’s contested victory in Sunday’s presidential election. Smaller gatherings of several hundred people or so were reported…

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Serbia Erupts in Protests “Against the Dictatorship” of Aleksandar Vucic

Serbs are demonstrating ‘against the dictatorship’ of prime minister and soon-to-be president Aleksandar Vucic in the latest wave of anti-authoritarian protests to hit the Balkans.   Protesters filled the streets of Serbia’s two main urban centers of Belgrade and Novi Sad last night to demonstrate ‘against dictatorship’, following the victory of Prime…

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Op-Ed: Protests, Post-Communism and Compromise in Albania

Edi Rama’s European Albania is a public relations fantasy. It is a nation-state which exists only in the mind of two dozen politicians and publicists—whose only concern is paying lip-service to the European Union’s accession requirements. The opposition Democratic Party are protesting in Tirana because we want Albania to be…

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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 The government ultimately repealed the contentious ordinance on Sunday, which…

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Kosovo on the Edge of Political Crisis

Kosovo enters 2016 with a political crisis still unresolved and arguably gaining more momentum. Katarina Tadic reports from Pristina. I arrived in Pristina on a gloomy Thursday evening. My bus departed Belgrade at lunchtime, and had progressed painfully slowly through central Serbia as very loud turbofolk music blared from its…

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Against Passivity: the Open University in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Can the Open University in Bosnia and Herzegovina stimulate civil society and re-awaken momentum from last year’s protests?  Civil society in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina has been trapped inside the post-Dayton debates that are characterized by a lack of new arguments, a passive intellectual and academic community, politically and socially…

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Russia and Macedonia: The Ghosts of Pan-Slavism

Why do counter-protesters in favour of Gruevski’s government wave around Orthodox crosses, Russian flags, and photos of Putin? A look at the mythic blood ties between Orthodox Slavic peoples, knee-jerk anti-Westernism, and where this fits into Macedonia’s political and identity crisis. The question of whether Macedonia is moving towards Russia…

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