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Croatia, towards the first ethical bank

15/05/2019 -  Giovanni Vale Zagreb

Emigration, economy, and the future of the country on the eve of the European elections. We talked about these topics with Goran Jeras, creator of the first Croatian Ethical Finance Cooperative

North Macedonia, Pendarovski is the new president

13/05/2019 -  Ilija Minovski Skopje

Social Democrat Stevo Pendarovski is the new president of North Macedonia. Despite the victory, however, Prime Minister Zaev announced a reshuffle to revive the reforms

Depleted uranium: a state crime

09/05/2019 -  Nicole Corritore

Two more victims among the Italian soldiers who participated in missions in the Balkans and were exposed to depleted uranium. According to the Military Observatory, to date 366 are dead and 7,500 sick. Now Serbia has also set up a commission of inquiry

Farewell to Dejan Anastasijević, master of journalism

06/05/2019 -  Boro Kontić

Boro Kontić, chief editor of the Sarajevo Media Centar, remembers Dejan Anastasijević: "A man who was a professional in the true sense of the word, honest and determined, always well informed and witty, a man who made Serbian journalism better"

Putting the brakes on East European mobility

03/05/2019 -  Ilin Stanev

The new legislation on haulage road transport, limiting East European companies’ access to Western European markets, is perceived by many in the East as yet another attempt to prevent citizens of new EU members states from reaping the benefits of the Single Market

Northern Macedonia, risk of low turnout for the presidential elections

02/05/2019 -  Ilija Minovski Skopje

The second round of the presidential elections in Northern Macedonia will see competing Stevo Pendarovski, supported by the Social Democrats, and Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova, supported by VMRO. The uncertain electoral race, however, will likely be affected by low voter turnout

Kosovo – Serbia, a stranded dialogue

29/04/2019 -  Majlinda Aliu Pristina

After starting with great expectations, the EU-mediated dialogue process between Kosovo and Serbia is now stalled after the introduction by Prishtina of custom tariffs on Serbian products and sterile proposals to exchange territories

The truth about Jasenovac

23/04/2019 -  Giovanni Vale

Between historical revisionism and divided memories, the Jasenovac concentration camp (Croatia) keeps fostering division and debate in the communities of the region. Ivo Goldstein, a well-known Croatian historian, explains the reason for a long-standing dispute

Croatia, all set for the European elections

19/04/2019 -  Giovanni Vale Zagreb

Croatia will vote for the European elections on May 26th. Considering the revival of demonstrations and protests throughout the country, an increase in turnout is expected compared to the 2014 elections. An analysis of the competing parties

Turkey: hunger strikes for Öcalan reach a critical stage

18/04/2019 -  Burcu Karakaş Istanbul

Hundreds of Kurdish detainees in Turkish prisons are carrying out a hunger strike to demand an end to the isolation of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. Despite the serious conditions of many detainees, and as many as seven suicides, their protest today seems to be at a dead end

Ingushetia fears outbreaks of violence

17/04/2019 -  Marat Iliyasov

The small republic of Ingushetia lives in a tinderbox. There are serious concerns in the region that tensions related to contested border issues and potential unification with neighbouring Chechnya may escalate and lead to violence

Serbia: new, heavy pressures on independent media

12/04/2019 -  Vukašin Obradović Belgrade

Yet another worrying case of threats and pressure on Serbian media not aligned with power. This time, targets include our Belgrade correspondent Dragan Janjić

Comedian Zelensky and the elections in Ukraine

11/04/2019 -  Oleksiy Bondarenko

After a long electoral campaign, the first round of presidential elections in Ukraine took place on the 31st of March. None of the candidates managed to score more than 50% of the votes. Volodymyr Zelensky is in the lead. An analysis of the vote

Armenia's sense of pigeons

09/04/2019 -  Armine Avetisyan Yerevan

Many Armenians breed pigeons and are ready to do anything for their safety and well-being. Others buy them to sacrifice them for special events. Others raise them for sports competitions. The story of an ancient Armenian tradition

“Honeyland”: take half, leave half

04/04/2019 -  Ilcho Cvetanoski Skopje

Hatidze is the last honey hunter from North Macedonia – an ancient trade based on a delicate balance with nature. The "Honeyland" documentary, awarded three times at the Sundance Film Festival, tells her incredible story

The Balkans (and Europe) are choking on coal pollution

04/04/2019 -  Maria Giulia Anceschi

The 16 coal power plants in the western Balkans cause as much pollution as the 250 plants active within the European Union. The health impact is severe, and not just within the region

“Saturday Mothers” of Turkey: in the pursuit of justice

02/04/2019 -  Burcu Karakaş Istanbul

Since 1995, the relatives of numerous "desaparecidos", who disappeared during the Kurdish conflict in Turkey, ask for justice and truth in Galatasaray Square. Last summer sit-ins were banned, but their struggle continues

Ukraine: the elections and the failed future

29/03/2019 -  Oleksiy Bondarenko

Both presidential and political elections are scheduled to take place in Ukraine in 2019. Next March 31st it is time for the first round of presidential elections, in a climate that unfortunately seems to anchor the country to its turbulent past

Free trade as a scapesheep

28/03/2019 -  Valentina Vivona

Romania has emerged as one of the targets of dairy farmers' protests in Sardinia. But the figures show that Romanian exports are not to blame for the sheep milk crisis

Karadžić, life imprisonment for the "good neighbour"

22/03/2019 -  Alfredo Sasso

On Wednesday, the MICT (Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals) condemned on appeal the former leader of Bosnian Serbs during the war of the 1990s to life imprisonment. While Karadžić will serve the sentence in a state for now unknown, his ideas unfortunately continue to circulate