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Why is Albania becoming the ship everyone wants to abandon?

Nertila Maho

Nertila Maho 400x500Citizens, refugees, migrants, it doesn’t matter, it seems that nobody sees a bright future in Albania.

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Four potential obstacles for further political rise of Dimitar Apasiev and the Left (Levica)

Kristijan Fidanovski

Kristijan Fidanovski 400x500The Left Party has been on the rise at least since the name change referendum in 2018. However, in the long run, this rise may be jeopardized by personnel and geographical constraints, ideological eclecticism, Euroscepticism and the low coalition potential of this political party.

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USA, Turkey or Serbia: Where will Rama find support during his third term?

Jona Koprencka

Jona Koprencka 400x500This is the first time in Albanian democracy that a party has been at the helm of the country for three consecutive terms. At a time when everyone thought that a political rotation would take place, the Prime Minister Rama received great support not only from the local electorate, but also from international officials.

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Hooligans and Politicians: Can You Tell ‘em Apart?

Vladimir Djordjevic

Vladimir Djordjevic 400x500The Belivuk case again reminds us of the clientelism of the Serbian state, additionally indicating that the Serbian judiciary will forever remain under political influence.

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The Afghan experiment and the failure of liberal democracy

Ridvan Peshkopia

Ridvan Peshkopia 400x500Beyond 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 heritage, culture, tradition and values are just the earlier crisis symptoms.

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Why is it so difficult for Serbia to recognise Kosovo?

Katarina Tadic

Katarina Tadic 400x500Serbian 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 over the hearts of people.

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The Hype over the Srebrenica Resolution

Vladimir Djordjevic

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.

 

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Fighting fake news is a "to be or not to be" battle!

Teofil Blazevski

Teofil Blazevski 400x500The 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, let alone individuals, can fight on their own, and the consequences can be much more terrible than they are now.

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

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

Naum Kajcev 400x500If we constantly create differences, divisions and boundaries, if we incite tension and antagonism, then, unfortunately, we will put into practice the English pejorative verb balkanize - "Splitting something up into several smaller political units that are at war with each other". A different approach should be taken - to share what we have in common and what is positive, thus to be more harmonious and better prepared for our common European future.

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

Radosveta Vassileva

Radosveta vasileva 400x500Of 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 distinctly pro-European, so Borissov’s propaganda is rather unimaginative.

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

Bojana Guberac

Bojana Guberac 400x500If 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, Poland and Slovenia regarding media lack of freedom. This certainly is not the path of Europe, but the path of autocracy.

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"Big Brother" is in full swing in Albania

Jona Koprencka

Vangelov RisteskiThe 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.

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The road from Skopje to Brussels is not via Sofia

Ida Manton

Ida MantonBoth 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. Both the Bulgarian and Macedonian sides have shown a deep lack of diplomatic sentiment and skill and they would additionally benefit from intensive training on negotiation skills, negotiation preparation, strategic planning, effective communication, conflict analysis, reconciliation methodologies and other topics that need to be identified in the needs assessment.

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Unifying around "historical truths" or around differences? (II)

The text is a response to the blog "On unifying around our common history - Tsar Samuil erga omnes (II)" by Naum Kajchev, published on May 21, 2021.

 

Ognen Vangelov and Ljupco Risteski

Vangelov RisteskiWe consider that the theses represented by Mr. N. Kajchev contribute precisely to the increase and strengthening of the conflict between the two peoples and states. The theses and the approach of Mr. N. Kajchev contribute to new difficult-to-bridge misunderstandings between future generations of Bulgarians and Macedonians.

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On unifying around our common history – Tzar Samuil erga omnes (II)

Naum Kajchev

Sabin Selimi 400x500The European idea is based on overcoming the contradictions of the past, on emphasizing things that are common and unifying. No one today has exclusivity over the state of Prince Boris the Baptizer and St. Clement of Ohrid; of Tsar Simeon and St. Naum of Ohrid; of Tsar Samuil and John of Debar and their traditions that are partly preserved by the Byzantine emperor Basil II.

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Vaccine Nationalism Strikes Back

Sabin Selimi

Sabin Selimi 400x500Governments around the world tend to follow their own national interests instead of pursuing a more globally coordinated approach.

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Corruption in the Balkans remains a stubborn thing, it’s not helped by difficult counting

Jason Deegan and Felix Amelung

Deegan Amelung With corruption we should worry less on how we fare against the neighbours and focus instead on how to ensure the necessary infrastructure by way of institutions is put in place to actually investigate incidents of corruption.

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The Unwanted Tag of Being the (Western) Balkans

Vladimir Djordjevic

Vanja Stokic 400x500Let’s face it: the region is in many ways still largely (mis)understood, treated, and referred to internationally as the ‘powder keg of Europe’.

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At the Bottom of the Balkans: Kosovo’s Bumpy Road in Securing Vaccines

Arber Fetahu

Arber Fetahu 400x500The pandemic marked its first anniversary a few weeks ago. Covid-19 exposed systemic problems in the health system of Kosovo and other institutional branches. While the high number of positive cases and deaths made the headlines, the government declarations that they have secured hundreds of thousands dozes of vaccines were full of hope, if it were to be true.

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Uniting around "historical truths" or around differences?

Ognen Vangelov and Ljupcho Risteski

Vangelov RisteskiNowhere in the world have Commissions such as this existed to establish "historical truths", especially not "truths" about the medieval history, because that would turn them into censorship bodies.

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