Articles on Western Balkans

Kosovo, the global far right, and the threat to liberalism (Commentary)

Loïc Tregoures - 11 July 2019

The history of Kosovo is a banner under which the international far right assembles. Western politicians would do well to understand its dangers.

The strange influence of the Macedonian model (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 09 May 2019

North Macedonia's recent successes have sent a ripple throughout the region 

The Western Balkans’ statistical black hole (Commentary)

Tim Judah & Alida Vracic - 02 May 2019

How many people live in the Western Balkans? The unreliability of statistics on the region often makes it hard to tell. 

“1 in 5 million”: Mounting pressure in Balkan protests (Commentary)

Alida Vračić - 15 January 2019

New civil protests are laying bare growing forms of repression across the Western Balkans

The price of normalisation: Serbia, Kosovo, and a risky border deal (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 13 November 2018

This is the time for EU and its member states to push for solutions to the Serbia-Kosovo landswap that have domestic support and that enhance wider stability in the region

Macedonia’s looming war of interpretations (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 28 September 2018

A clear majority in favour of the name deal in the referendum on September 30 would help to relieve tensions in the Balkans

Breaking old habits in the Balkans (Commentary)

Robert Cooper - 26 September 2018

Opinions cost nothing, but it is not our opinions that matter - let's not take sides before we know what has been proposed

Trump cannot bring Europe and China together (Commentary)

François Godement - 06 July 2018

Donald Trump’s attack on the international trading system is changing the EU's relationship with China

Trump vs. EU: The dead end of the normative approach (Commentary)

Vessela Tcherneva - 04 July 2018

A divided EU - with an unstable Germany, a UK on its way out and renegade central eastern member states - is only of interest to the US as an ally in competition with Russia and China

Macron's European ambition begins in the Balkans (Commentary)

Loïc Tregoures - 03 July 2018

Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to block accession of Macedonia and Albania to the EU have nothing to do with the Western Balkans, and everything to do with the European elections