Category Archives: Serbia

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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Mar 19 2015

Russia in the Balkans: Perceptions and Realities

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The pragmatic interests of the Balkan states – which lie in the direction of Europe – are imposing limits on the Kremlin’s drive to regain influence in the region. Dimitar Bechev summarises the Russia in the Balkans conference organised by … Continue reading

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Mar 17 2015

 Serbia – Croatia relations: No way forward in sight

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A rapprochement between Serbia and Croatia might well represent a stimulus for growth and normalisation across the Balkans, in a similar fashion to the French-German leadership in driving European integration back in the 1950s. How far are we from a comprehensive settlement? Milan Dinic sets … 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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Jan 28 2015

Bieber: Attacks on media are part of “a regional pattern of authoritarian temptation”

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A new model of authoritarian government is taking hold in the Balkans – one which the EU is failing to recognise or address, Florian Bieber said at the LSE. There is a “curious inter-relationship between EU integration and these patterns [of … Continue reading

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Jan 28 2015

Serbia holds a position few others in Europe can match – but is yet to find how to use it

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‘Serbia certainly holds a position that few other states in Europe can match: it is a country that is seeking EU membership, and yet also has long standing close ties to Russia. However, it needs to be clear about how … Continue reading

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Dec 15 2014

Belgrade Waterfront: when Sultanism enters city planning

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Belgrade Waterfront – Beograd na Vodi: top-notch urban design or glossy but shady façade? Two young urbanists, Jorn Koelemaij and Barend Wind, take us through the many layers of this controversial project. This blog post has been kindly provided by The ProtoCity … Continue reading

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Dec 13 2014

Kosovo is a full member of the IOC. So what?

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What links sport, nation-building and international diplomacy? In the Balkans, sport has often been (mis)used as a nation branding tool. The recent recognition of Kosovo by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is a further occasion to reflect. “Although it remains to … Continue reading

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Nov 11 2014

Changing global business trends and Serbia’s obsolete strategy for attracting foreign investment

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“At the micro level there seem to be many ideas, energy and creativity in every corner of Serbia. Yet, the country is stuck with an obsolete macro development model and lack of credibility from the international community”. Sonja Avlijaš discusses the … Continue reading

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