26 August 2019
  • 11:59 July Hot Topics: Macron in Belgrade; Kosovo PM resigns; Major media merger in Slovenia approved; BiH closing unprofitable coal mines
  • 11:40 The West did not want another Republika Srpska in the heart of Balkans
  • 10:15 Top events in August
  • 09:49 Everyone’s favourite little capital
  • 10:50 Zagreb is always a good idea

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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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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FEBRUARY HOT TOPICS: IKEA clears path for its store in Slovenia; NATO agreement with North Macedonia; Coca Cola buys Serbian Bambi

Final hurdle removed for Ikea in Slovenia Ljubljana’s city council approved Ikea’s initiative to change the municipal spatial plan (OPN), daily Delo reported in February.  This decision enables the Swedish company to meet all the conditions to start the construction of its store in the BTC City shopping center in Ljubljana, Ikea reports. The new plan has […]

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North Macedonia takes its seat at NATO

North Macedonia’s defense minister, Radmila Šekerinska, said she was filled with pride as her country took a seat at NATO’s table for the first time. Speaking to reporters at a meeting of NATO defense ministers, Šekerinska said North Macedonia has “shown that change is possible if you have the right amount of political leadership.” The […]

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Balkans are becoming increasingly entangled in the Chinese lending web

The increasing dependence and attachment of the Balkan countries to Chinese loans is becoming an increasingly serious risk for the European Union, the Munich Security report warns, which came out before the three-day security conference that began in the Bavarian capital this Friday. Novica Mihajlovič looked at the main points raised by the report in […]

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Serbia and Montenegro criticised in new Freedom House report

Washington-based Freedom House today released its Freedom in the World 2019  report that saw Serbia downgraded from “free” to “partially free” country. After more than a decade of being categorized as a free country, Serbia’s democracy score was one of the biggest, putting it alongside Venezuela, Nicaragua and Tanzania. The decline was due tothe “election irregularities, […]

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Slovenia becomes first NATO country to appoint female chief-of-staff

Slovenia’s government appointed Alenka Ermenc as Slovenia army’s chief-of-staff, making her the first woman amongst NATO countries to hold that post. Ermenc, who was until today the deputy head of Slovenian army, is a veteran of Slovenia’s war in 1999 She has been employed by the army for 27 years and was promoted to the rank […]

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Still no deal on Prespa agreement

The recent days have seen mounting pressure on Macedonian opposition to vote on the agreement with Greece that would change FYRM name to the Republic of North Macedonia. EU enlargement commissioner, Johannes Hahn, in his message on Twitter has asked the Macedonian opposition and its leader, Hristijan Mickoski to offer their support on Prespa agreement. […]

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Merkel’s CDU puts pressure on Macedonia’s opposition party

Germany’s CDU party have appealed to Macedonian VMRO DPMNE to vote for the agreement with Greece about the name change which it has so far opposed. Deutsche Welle reported the European People’s Party (EPP), an association of the European conservative parties, is expected to pressure VMRO-DPMNE to accept the deal. The deputy chair of the […]

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Belgrade to get cable car by end of 2019

Yesterday at the Belgrade assembly an agreement was signed clearing the way for the construction of a cable car in Serbia’s capital worth EUR 15m. The cable car, which will connect Kalemegdan and Ušće park, is planned to be completed by the end of next year. For the project the Ministry of Tourism will allocate […]

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