Balkans

Bishop with Attitude Threatens to Shake Up Serbian Politics

Christmas comments by outspoken Serbian Orthodox bishop Grigorije have fuelled talk of a potential political challenge to Serbia’s ruling Progressives. On January 7, when Orthodox Christians mark Christmas, a Serbian Orthodox bishop in Germany gave an interview to Balkan news outlet NewsMax Adria. His remarks, however, were more political than …

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Bosnia’s Institutions Must Take Lead in Implementing ECHR Judgements

The latest political pledge to amend Bosnia’s electoral law and constitution in line with rulings by the European Court of Human Rights looks destined to fail. It’s time the institutions of state take the lead, with the help of NGOs, academics and the international community.

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Israel, Greece advance major defense deal

Israel and Greece will soon sign a $1.68 billion agreement for the purchase of Israeli jets and the opening of a military flight school operated by an Israeli company. Israel’s Defense Ministry announced this morning that it is set to sign a $1.68 billion security agreement with Greece effective for …

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Kosovo: Top Politicians Sent to Hague to Face War Charges

Kosovo experienced a watershed moment in 2020 when four guerrilla leaders who became political heavyweights in the post-war years, including President Hashim Thaci, were sent to stand trial for wartime and post-war crimes. Adecade after explosive allegations were made against Kosovo Liberation Army fighters in a report by Council of …

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Germany’s Push for New High Representative to Bosnia is Worrying

At a time when the West desperately needs to coordinate its policy towards Bosnia, Berlin’s unilateral push to appoint a new international overseer for the country is a troubling development. Berlin wants to replace Bosnia and Herzegovina’s long-serving High Representative Valentin Inzko – responsible for monitoring implementation of the 1995 …

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In Muslim Region of Serbia, Ottoman-era Mosques Perish

Razed or ‘restored’ with little regard for their original form, Ottoman-era mosques in a mainly Muslim pocket of Serbia face extinction. In mid-December, a group of men, some of them armed, set up a roadblock at a construction site in the southern Serbian town of Novi Pazar, where an Islamic …

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Promised Montenegrin Lustration Law May Prove Mission Impossible

Can Montenegro succeed where its Balkan peers failed in conducting a fair process of lustration? Not likely, say analysts and experts. Montenegro’s new coalition government is promising a law on lustration to weed out public officials guilty of past human rights violations, but political analysts and legal experts say it …

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