15th July has been declared an annual holiday called Democracy and National Unity Day – two attributes Turkey desperately needs, but shows no signs of at the moment. The events of the past year show that the failed coup was also a failed opportunity.Read More »
Untangling ISIS’ ties with the Balkans
Muslims in the Balkans have traditionally been and continue to be moderate, and post-war extremism in the region has yet to translate itself into widespread domestic violence. Nevertheless, ISIS has had some success in recruiting fighters for the wars in Syria and Iraq from the region.Read More »
A NATO future for the Western Balkans?
The Western Balkans know that, in the long-term, they have more to gain from the West than the East – and the European Union’s continuous stalling leaves a void that needs to be filled. Stronger engagement with and on the part of NATO, regardless of how far it goes, will bring nothing but benefits to both sides and Europe as a whole.Read More »
Stability at the expense of democracy? Serbia’s renewed fight against dictatorship
The Serbian people are not out in the streets because this was not the election result they expected – they are out in the streets because they know what the result means for their future in the next five years. As things stand, Vucic’s win is a gain for stability but a loss for democracy – and it is high time that the two started being treated as equals again.Read More »
All eyes on Macedonia
Macedonia has been in political limbo for the past two years. The current protests can, at best, achieve a political compromise – the party in power may change, but the abuses for which punishment was called by the population will be forgotten, and Macedonia will move forward as if they never happened.Read More »
Trump, the Western Balkans and Russia: Reigniting the Powderkeg?
The Western Balkans have been receiving their fair share of attention from the international media lately. However, such alarmist talk often forgets that this is a region that is still recovering from recent bloodshed – and one that has more to lose than gain from its return.Read More »
Smokescreens and mirrors: how the Romanian system failed its people again
The past two months of political events in Romania offer an accurate image of the inner workings of and flaws within the country's system as a whole.Read More »
Bulgaria’s Presidential Elections: Political Pragmatism at its Finest
For the past more than two decades, Bulgaria has sought to have the best of both worlds – and succeeded. When new President Rumen Radev says that good ties with both the West and Russia are not incompatible, the recent history of his country indicates he is right.Read More »
Right Time to Resign? Montenegro post-Djukanovic
Milo Djukanovic created a Montenegro that looks to the West while being governed as in the East; and even with international integration to boast, his political game will only become increasingly difficult for him to play.Read More »
The New European Border and Coast Guard: Lessons Learned or Easy Way Out?
On 6 October, the European Union launched its European Border and Coast Guard. But the force is not the solution that will end the migration crisis – it is merely the first step in a long-lasting and highly complex process.Read More »