Tag Archives: Balkans

Aug 16 2018

The EU’s Contradictory Stance Towards the Kosovo Specialist Chambers

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 Dr Aidan Hehir is a Reader in International Relations at the University of Westminster. He recently completed a project part-funded by Robert Bosch Stifung and in collaboration with the RIT Kosovo “Peace and Conflict Program” examining perceptions of the Kosovo … 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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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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Jun 5 2014

Vocational education’s weakness in the Balkans is hampering labour markets and perpetuating social exclusion

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Education systems in the Balkans are highly selective: best performing students gain entry into gymnasia, while others attend vocational education training (VET) schools. Children of VET-educated parents are likely to follow in their genitors’ footsteps. High rates of vocational enrolment, furthermore, … Continue reading

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May 30 2014

Western Balkans will need champions in an increasingly enlargement sceptic EU

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The results of the European Parliament elections will have been closely watched in the Western Balkans – and with good reason. Support for enlargement, undermined in recent years by the attention given to the financial crisis, is likely to diminish … Continue reading

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May 8 2014

How international organisations disrupted the post-war labour market in former Yugoslavia

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 ‘Peace-building’ international organisations vitiated the economic course of post-Yugoslav countries by acting as periodical employers with no sustainable long-term strategy, argues Catherine Baker. This has occurred most of all in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, where international intervention has taken place on the … Continue reading

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Mar 19 2014

Editorial – Welcome to the LSEE Blog

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‘And so they have killed our Ferdinand,’ said the chairwoman to Mr Svejk, who had left military service years before, after having been finally certified by an army medical board as an imbecile, and now lived by selling dogs – ugly, mongrel … Continue reading

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Feb 7 2014

The Sandžak, a hitherto neglected Balkan region

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Dr Kenneth Morrison and Lady Elizabeth Roberts speak of their recent “The Sandžak: A History”, whose book launch was hosted by LSEE. The Sandžak (or Raška) is a historical region sitting across the borders of Montenegro and Serbia; today, Bosniaks … Continue reading

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Feb 4 2014

Ruritania in Brussels: Balkan stereotypes in the Age of Austerity

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Vesna Goldsworthy, Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University and accomplished author, has been LSEE’s first guest speaker in the academic year 2013/14, presenting on “Ruritania in Brussels, Evzones in the Eurozone: Balkan Stereotypes in the Age of Austerity. Her book “Inventing … Continue reading

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