All posts tagged "Serbia"

  • Serbia as the EU’s Western Balkan accession catalyst

    Those hoping for another wave of enlargement like that of 2004 will be sorely disappointed by the EU’s “enhanced” and “credible” enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans. Others are deeply concerned by the delineation of two front-runners,...

    • Posted February 12, 2018
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  • Democracy in the Balkans: waiting for a new 1989? An interview with Jasmin Mujanović

    While not hitting the headlines as frequently as they used to, the Western Balkans still represent a flashpoint for Europe. Recurring authoritarian trends, incomplete democratisation processes, troublesome external influences and a fading EU perspective make the region...

    • Posted October 2, 2017
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  • Russia’s ‘humanitarian’ intervention in the Balkans

    Russian influence in Serbia has been vehemently debated from a number of angles; financial investments (typically loans not grants), the latter’s failure to join sanctions regimes and joint-military exercises such as those of the ‘Slavic Brotherhood’. Yet...

    • Posted September 13, 2017
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  • Is Turkey’s influence in the Balkans a matter of concern?

    During his first years as Turkey’s leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan spared no effort to re-establish his country’s areas of influence dating back from the Ottoman era. Such Neo-Ottoman foreign policy, who had in the former foreign minister...

    • Posted May 5, 2017
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  • Making a virtue of Dayton’s external dimensions  

    On 9th January 2017, the Republika Srpska, one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s two entities, marked its 25th Republic Day, despite the country’s constitutional court banning the celebrations due to their discriminatory elements (the day is also an...

    • Posted January 14, 2017
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  • Europe needs more bang for its Balkan buck

    Over the course of the past decade, the EU has ploughed billions of euros of European taxpayers money into all manner of infrastructure, capacity-building and other projects throughout the Western Balkans. And yet regular public opinion surveys,...

    • Posted December 13, 2016
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  • The case for EU ‘political’ enlargement in the Balkans

    From the risks of Grexit to the reality of Brexit, from the migration crisis to the rise of populism all over the continent, the European Union is exposing all the weaknesses of its multi-centered governance, losing that...

    • Posted November 28, 2016
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  • Education in the Balkans – filling the Gulen vacuum?

    The trend Educational institutions connected to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric, have aroused considerable attention since the attempted July 15 military coup, which Gulen and his followers are accused of orchestrating. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyp Erdogan,...

    • Posted September 28, 2016
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  • Migration in Europe: the lingering Balkan route

    The trend The EU’s deal with Turkey was heralded for supposedly ending the migration route through the Balkans – from Greece into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) on to Serbia and into the EU (via...

    • Posted September 7, 2016
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