Monthly Archives: February 2015

Feb 19 2015

Kosovo’s pyramidal highway and remarkable generosity

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The €838m Kosovo highway (which has in recent times attracted the Guardian’s and Foreign Policy’s attention) might well have been one of the most wasteful infrastructure projects in history. Andrea Lorenzo Capussela gives all the numbers: a staggering ‘€400m of … Continue reading

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Feb 11 2015

Fatmir Besimi: wire-tapping scandal is taking Macedonia ‘in the opposite direction’

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Better integration among different communities and more equal spending of funds is key to Macedonia’s future, the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Fatmir Besimi says in an exclusive interview with LSEE’s Tena Prelec. He talks about the recent wire-tapping revelations, the controversial education … Continue reading

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Feb 10 2015

Coup d’état or a Macedonian post-Snowden syndrome?

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Macedonian PM Gruevski has been accused of large-scale wire-tapping by opposition leader Zoran Zaev, triggering a scandal that has shaken the country. Nenad Markovikj goes through the events that led to the publication of the ‘bombshell’. Macedonian society is increasingly polarised: … Continue reading

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Feb 7 2015

Ten rules by a 21st-century Machiavelli for the Balkan Prince

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What would Machiavelli say about the Balkans today?, wonders Florian Bieber. In this letter for a modern Balkan Prince, he outlines ten rules that would allow the Prince to keep the power whatever the conditions. ‘Ruling is like dancing on … Continue reading

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Feb 6 2015

The Brussels Agreement “generated by conversations, not by relentless pressure”

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The leaders of Kosovo and Serbia are due to meet in Brussels next week to resume the dialogue which produced an agreement on normalising relations in 2013. Sir Robert Cooper, one of the lead EU negotiators in the process, talks … Continue reading

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