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Hooligans and Politicians: Can You Tell ‘em Apart?

Vladimir Djordjevic

03.09.21

Vladimir Djordjevic The Belivuk case again reminds us of the clientelism of the Serbian state, additionally indicating that the Serbian judiciary will forever remain under political influence. Recent events in Serbia tying political elites to organized crime figures...

The Afghan experiment and the failure of liberal democracy

Ridvan Peshkopia

27.08.21

Ridvan Peshkopia Beyond Afghanistan, the liberal democratic system crisis have begun to appear in the West as well. Loss of capability or even willingness to protect borders, loss of social cohesion, extreme political polarization and the downfall of confidence in own...

Why is it so difficult for Serbia to recognise Kosovo?

Katarina Tadic

20.08.21

Katarina Tadic Serbian citizens are regularly asked if they are willing to accept recognition of Kosovo in exchange for EU membership. Unsurprisingly, the overwhelming majority said no, because Kosovo is an emotional question, whilst the EU has never managed to win...

The Hype over the Srebrenica Resolution

Vladimir Djordjevic

23.07.21

Vladimir Djordjevic Serbia continues to deny the past, with its elites using the resolution to bash Montenegro while hoping that this move would bring them more popularity back home.   The latest move by Podgorica, whereby Montenegrin Parliament recently adopted a...

Fighting fake news is a “to be or not to be” battle!

16.07.21

Teofil Blazevski The fight against fake news and misinformation is much harder than all internationally undertaken and locally implemented or created measures and activities. It is a complex process in which neither media, institutionsor civil society organizations,...

On unifying around our common history – Tsar Samuil erga omnes (IІI)

Naum Kajchev

12.07.21

The text is a response to the blog “Uniting around “historical truths” or around differences? (II)” by Ognen Vangelov and Ljupco Risteski, published on May 28, 2021. Naum Kajchev If we constantly create differences, divisions and boundaries, if we...

Snap Parliamentary Elections in July: Civil Society v Bulgaria’s Autocracy

Radosveta Vassileva

05.07.21

Radosveta Vassileva Of course, Boyko Borissov is already complaining that these elections will be unfair and is drawing apocalyptic scenarios that Bulgaria will be taken off its pro-European track if GERB is not in government. Meanwhile, all opposition parties are...

Prime Minister Plenković’s war against journalists: Prelude to physical violence?

Bojana Guberac

21.06.21

Bojana Guberac If the verbal attacks on journalists and on media, made by the most powerful people (including the President) in the country as well as the pressures from the Prime Minister do not stop, I am afraid that Croatia is moving in the direction of Hungary,...

“Big Brother” is in full swing in Albania

Jona Koprencka

11.06.21

Jona Koprencka The thought that someone has been looking into, investigating, and monitoring peoples’ lives on social media for years is frightening. It is even more frightening when the “observers” are members of the largest political parties. The...

The road from Skopje to Brussels is not via Sofia

Ida Manton

04.06.21

Ida Manton Both sides will benefit from a mediation process led by an international expert team, which would be an integral part of the EU SAA process and enriched with dialogue facilitation experts who are well versed in the work and documents of the UN, CoE and OSCE....