The End of an Autocratic Era? Bulgaria’s New Regular Government

Radosveta Vassileva


Radosveta Vassileva 2021 marked the end of Boyko Borissov’s presence in Bulgaria’s executive as well as his dominance over the country’s parliament. However, did it dismantle Borissov’s autocracy? Far from it!   This year Bulgaria saw three parliamentary...

Murals are dredging up a war-torn past and widening divides in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mladen Obrenovic


Mladen Obrenović Since monuments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and there is but a mere handful of them dedicated to all victims regardless of nationality and/or religion, mark the territory and represent three viewpoints of the recent past – Bosniak, Croat and Serb...

We must come to terms with the past to better direct our future

Vladimir Djordjevic


Vladimir Djordjevic Nationalist agendas in the region need only a small spark to create a huge flame hard to control. Being recently at a conference in Tutzing (in the Munich area) that was dedicated to Memory Cultures since 1945: German-Southeast European Entangled...

The death of a great idea: The rise and fall of the free individual

Ridvan Peshkopia


Ridvan Peshkopia Security forces’ violence against Australian, British, Italian and other citizens throughout western societies only because they continue to believe in individual freedom shows that the very idea of individual freedom is dead now. Everyone was caught...

The passivity of the institutions towards the (resurrection of) the public rooms

Ivan Durgutov


Ivan Durgutov MA It looks like the Macedonian society as a whole has been turned into a large public room, into a voyeuristic chamber in which everyone caresses to peek into the intimacy of a stranger and to appropriate a part of the privacy of the other. This, coupled...

It is high time to allow science and evidence to steer politics

Mladen Obrenovic


Mladen Obrenović At the onset of the corona crisis, the ‘spotlight’ was directed at experts for a while, because answers were expected of them. The ‘gratitude towards the virus’ for once again shining the limelight on expertise and science, on individuals and...

What are the reasons for establishing AUKUS and how France was hung out to dry


Viktor Jakimovski A peak behind the curtain of possibly the largest geostrategic project in the first half of the 21st century. There’s been a lot of commotion in the past few weeks concerning the strategic partnership called “AUKUS“. AUKUS is a strategic...

Awaiting the magic wand that will end the pandemic


Ivor Fuka At the hospital, we meet 53-year-old patient Aleksandar. He openly told the camera that they discovered large clots in his lungs and that now the doctors are not letting him out of bed in the respiratory department. Prior to this, he says, he had no health...

Government and citizens in Montenegro: Turning a deaf ear to warnings, measures and responsibility


Andrea Jelić The decisions made by the former government were, as it turned out, poor. The responsibility of the new government is best illustrated by the fact that its representatives do not care about the recommendations they make themselves. Citizens, as usual, pay...

First-wave champion Greece stumbles at vaccine roll-out

Georgia Nakou


Georgia Nakou It is perhaps because of the euphoria brought by tourism – both the ability of Greeks themselves to enjoy a holiday, and the positive impact on the national economy – that the general public has been willing to tolerate daily case numbers...