Category Archives: Current affairs

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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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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May 21 2015

In need of a final solution: property rights in Albania

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While Albania continues its saga of economic and legal reforms and prepares to join the European Union, issues around property rights remain one of the major barriers that impede the integrated economic development of the country. Despite periodic mentions in … Continue reading

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May 15 2015

Why is Klaus Iohannis outsourcing Romania’s foreign policy?

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Klaus Iohannis’ election was seen by many to signal a shift from the ‘old’ corrupt ways of doing politics in Romania and a historical moment that would mark the start of deep processes of transformation in Romanian politics and society. … Continue reading

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Apr 14 2015

Corruption and anti-corruption in Romania. Finally turning the corner?

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A recent anti-corruption spree, led by public prosecutor Laura Kövesi, has taken Romanian political elite by ‘earthquake’. Daniel Brett discusses the multifaceted roots of the country’s corrupt practices: “If there is a historical legacy, it comes from the Communist period”, he … Continue reading

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Mar 21 2015

Russian foreign policy: what are we missing?

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Russia’s actions in Ukraine should better be ascribed to a quest for domestic legitimacy than an over-arching plan of antagonising the West. But if cornered, Putin could represent a threat to the Baltics, the Balkans and further. LSEE’s Tena Prelec speaks … Continue reading

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