Analysis

The latest analysis from the Balkans and everything to its East.

Op-Ed: “Doing Business” After Gruevski

“Big mountains are shivering, and a mouse is born at the end” – Balkan proverb The new government of Macedonia led by freshly appointed Prime Minister Zoran Zaev of the Social Democratic party, SDSM, will be expected to “undo” the damage caused by former premier Nikola Gruevski’s conservative nationalist party…

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China is Using the Balkans as a Testing Ground to Expand its Nuclear Industry

China is using the Balkans as a testing ground to expand its nuclear industry. Its pursuits in Romania highlight its rush to become a global player. With the current U.S. administration proving unwilling to assume leadership on climate change, the burden of responsibility on climate progress in the next four years will mostly fall upon…

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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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The Structure

This week saw some major shifts on the political scene in Bosnia, as independent and non-major party candidates won key positions in local mayoral elections throughout the Federation. The country’s Bosniak community now faces unfamiliar challenges and political fragmentation on both the left and the right. Nedim Jahić walks us through it. More than 1,720,000 citizens…

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Dear BIRN, We Are Flattered But Please Stop Ripping Us Off

Balkan Insight has been ripping off our features and rich donors have been paying them to do it. We are not amused. In February, the online news portal Balkan Insight published a somewhat glowing profile of Serbia’s newly appointed Defense Minister, Zoran Djordjević. The article depicts Djordjević, however improbably, as a highly…

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“Free” Music in Slovenia: the Struggle for Royalties from Radio

Musicians in Slovenia are losing royalties as radio stations exploit legal loopholes to avoid paying them their due. In a radio broadcast, the organization responsible for protecting artists was called a “terrorist organization”, and journalists who’ve dared to touch the topic have been sued. Edgar Tijhuis reports on a troubling trend seen across…

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Kosovo’s Creeping Radicalisation

Newspapers around the world have branded Kosovo an “ISIS hotbed” or “fertile ground for ISIS”. But what accounts for this trend? And what is Kosovo doing about it? Regrettably, France and Belgium have made headlines as major sources of foreign fighters for terrorist organisations in Syria and Iraq. In the Balkans however, Kosovo…

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