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Mar 2 2016

On different tracks: Bulgaria and Romania under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism

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Romania and Bulgaria both joined the EU in 2007 and became subject to an ad hoc tool created by the European Commission to evaluate the progress of the two countries. Today, however, there is a growing gap between the two … Continue reading

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Nov 30 2015

Views from north Kosovo: the ethnic distance is not getting any closer

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A recently published report represents the first attempt to assess the views of the citizens in four Serb-majority municipalities in north Kosovo. The goal of the research was to gain insight into the key social and economic issues Kosovo Serbs face. Joanna Hanson provides … Continue reading

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Nov 18 2015

Experts react: EU progress reports 2015

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On 10 November, a month later than usual, the European Commission released its annual reports on the progress achieved by EU candidate and potential candidate countries. We asked seven experts in the region to give their responses to the key … Continue reading

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Oct 6 2015

James Ker-Lindsay on the refugee crisis: “I have never seen the EU so utterly divided and working against the very principles upon which it was built”

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How has the refugee crisis affected countries in South Eastern Europe? In a discussion on the situation in Serbia, Croatia and Hungary, James Ker-Lindsay argues that with no country – Germany included – managing to get all of their moves … Continue reading

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Jul 7 2015

The Association of Serbian Municipalities: “The Sum of all Fears”

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Serbs in the North of Kosovo, whose status was at the centre of the 2013 Brussels Agreement, were not a part to the negotiations. Today, their still unclear position is causing “uncertainty, dissatisfaction, distrust and fear” among the community. A … Continue reading

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Jul 2 2015

The paradoxical Kosovo ‘special court’ was a guarantee of political stability – that is why the ruling class wanted it

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Andrea Capussela discusses the many paradoxes of Kosovo’s special court, which was supposed to investigate and deliberate upon the serious human rights abuses during and after the 1998-1999 war – and asks six questions.   

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Jun 24 2015

Trouble at the Top: Corruption, anti-corruption, and the battle for political survival

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The latest corruption scandal in Romania has brought charges against Prime Minister Victor Ponta. Despite calls from President Klaus Iohannis for Ponta to resign, Ponta is so far refusing to go, claiming that the case will be “meticulously dismantled … … Continue reading

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Jun 19 2015

Postcard from Visegrad: five lessons for South East Europe

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South East Europe could take inspiration from its Central European neighbours and focus on regional cooperation to boost its talks about Euro-Atlantic integration, Jarosław Wiśniewski suggests. 26 years after the region ‘returned to Europe’ following the first partially free elections in Poland, … Continue reading

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Jun 12 2015

Croatian war veterans: Coup de théâtre or coup d’état?

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Since October 2014, Croatian war veterans have been camping in front of the Ministry dedicated to them. They are protesting against the government in power and requesting more rights for themselves – though, relatively speaking, they have been treated as … Continue reading

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