9 April 2020
  • 13:24 Top Online events in April 2020
  • 13:16 Diaries in/of extraordinary times
  • 11:35 HOT TOPICS: CORONA VIRUS EFFECT ON WESTERN BALKANS
  • 09:04 Top Balkan Women – 3/11: Rita Ora
  • 09:55 “Let us create a region that actively furthers its own interests”

The West did not want another Republika Srpska in the heart of Balkans

Stevo Pendarovski won presidential elections in North Macedonia, with his victory marking a continuation of North Macedonia’s towards EU and NATO integration. On 20th July, Delo’s Vili Einspieler talked to Pendarovski about the sentiments in the country post name change, EU’s delay on accession negotiations date as well as other issues. Skopje is disappointed the EU […]

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June Hot topics: Adria Airways in trouble; BiH bans cars older than 10 years; Serbia gets its first 5G base; Lower roaming costs in WB countries

Fitch raises Croatia’s credit score Fitch Ratings raised Croatia’s credit score to investment-grade level last month. The score was raised from BB+ by one notch to BBB-, with a positive outlook. “Croatia outperformed its budget target for the third year in a row in 2018, with the government posting a surplus of 0.2% of GDP… […]

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MAY HOT TOPICS: EC delivers its latest report on progress in Balkans; Merkel supports Croatia’s bid to join Euro and Schengen; Serbia and Bosnia threaten retaliation against Kosovo tariffs; EU elections deliver (almost) expected results in Slovenia and Croatia; Uljanik starts bankruptcy proceedings

EC delivers its latest report on progress in Balkans The outgoing head of the European Commission, Johannes Hahn has published on 29 May his final report on the progress made by the Western Balkan countries aspiring to become EU members. In the report, EC recommends the opening of accession talks for Albania and North Macedonia, while […]

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What are the expectations in Western Balkans after the EU elections?

The European elections are behind us and the countries of the Western Balkans are waiting in anticipation to see if the new parliament will embark on a different course when it comes to the policy towards their region. In his op-ed for the Balkan Insight, Jasmin Mujanović, a political scientist, belives that the Green’s strong […]

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How do shifts in international political economy affect national politics?

In a recent column in Slovenia’s daily Delo, Tine Kračun, editor-in-chief of the Adriatic Journal and director of the Institute for Strategic Solutions, looks at the increasing impact economic interests have on both internal and international politics.  It is a fact that international politics is now more intertwined with economic interests than ever before. While […]

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Modern Warfare in uncertain times

Author: Faris Kočan Photos: Jure Eržen/Delo, Bruno Toich, Tomi Lombar/Delo Under the leadership of the first female head of staff, Slovenian Army’s role remains crucial for preserving stability and peace in the Western Balkans. The dynamic and rapid geopolitical changes have contributed to a new, radical and complex international security environment, in which regional instability […]

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Superpowers vie for influence in a fragile region

Katja Geršak, Executive Director at Centre for European Perspective discusses current risks in the Western Balkans and European perspective of the region.  What are the risks for countries in Western Balkans? In the long run the biggest risk for countries in Western Balkans is that they will become a region where powers will compete for […]

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Having the best tax system in the world is not enough to attract investors

Primary focus of the Western Balkan countries should be on lower taxes in short term, better infrastructure in medium term and quality education and health in the long term, says Gavin Serkin, emerging markets specialist and founder and managing director of Frontier Funds Media & Intelligence. According to Serkin, frontier markets – developing countries which are […]

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Balkan unrests

Thousands continue to protest on the streets of Belgrade and across 90 towns in Serbia for the fourth month in a row, demanding free media and early elections. In recent weeks, the demonstrations became more turbulent and rising tensions resulted in protesters breaking into Serbia’s state television building in Belgrade demanding unbiased coverage.  18 people […]

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Stable Kosovo is possible only by removing politics

  Uncertainty is always connected with Kosovo, as it cannot exist as an independent state, says Vladimir Cvetković, dean of the Faculty of Security of the University of Belgrade, in an interview with Milena Zupančič from Slovenia’s Delo. Cvetković believes that today’s position of Serbia, in terms of its cooperation with the NATO alliance that […]

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