About: Balkan wars

Enlargement 24-11-2017

The ICTY wraps up work, reconciliation nowhere in sight 

Judging by the mixed reactions to the life sentence the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has handed Ratko Mladić, the former Bosnian Serb Army commander, reconciliation in the region after the wars of the 1990s is still far away.
Politics 01-06-2017

Serbia’s new president calls for ‘dialogue’ over Kosovo

Serbia's Aleksandar Vučić, who was sworn in as the country's president yesterday (31 May), wants to open a debate over the future of Kosovo, the breakaway province whose independence Belgrade has refused to recognise.
Global Europe 03-03-2017

Balkan Mission Impossible for Mogherini

Europe’s foreign policy supremo, Federica Mogherini, is off on a mission even more difficult than getting Iran and the US to agree their nuclear deal, writes Denis MacShane.
Future EU 23-02-2017

Resilient but shaky Bosnia marks a year since EU application

In the year since Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) submitted its formal application to join the European Union, little has gone according to plan for the fragile country, writes Sanford Henry.
Enlargement 06-02-2017

NATO chief tells Kosovo and Serbia to ‘calm down’

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg told Kosovo and Serbia to "calm down" on Friday (3 February), following a string of disputes that have sent bilateral tensions rising to their highest level in years.
Enlargement 25-11-2016

Corruption and nationalism threaten Bosnia’s EU bid

Bosnia and Herzegovina has made it perfectly clear that its future lies in the European Union, despite  the bumps in the road posed by corruption, nationalism and the scars of history. EURACTIV Spain reports.
26-10-2016

The EU must react to the erosion of democracy in Kosovo

The EU helped shape Kosovo’s democracy. It should not stand by as that democracy is eroded by an increasingly authoritarian government, writes Andrea Lorenzo Capussela.
Enlargement 02-03-2016

Kosovo at the crossroads

Kosovo has made great progress since gaining independence in 2008, but it still has a long way to go to secure a European future and avoid being consumed by its past, writes Hashim Thaçi.

Srebrenica families ask pan-Europe court to try Dutch commanders

The families of three Bosnian Muslims who were killed after leaving UN protection in 1995 have asked the European Court of Human Rights to prosecute three ex-UN commanders for their deaths, their lawyer said Sunday (25 October).
Europe's East 27-08-2015

Now we can phone Kosovo, but is that enough?

It is time for Serbia to let go of Kosovo and allow the Balkans to move into the 21st century, writes Denis MacShane.
Global Europe 26-08-2015

After 7 years of independence, Kosovo will get telephone code

Serbia and its former province of Kosovo took steps toward overcoming decades of enmity on Tuesday (25 August), signing energy and telecoms agreements, bringing Belgrade closer to joining the European Union.
Enlargement 12-03-2015

Croatian MEPs test their ‘firepower’ against candidate Serbia

Croatia has used its resource in the European Parliament to impose on candidate country Serbia, in order to change its law on war crime trials. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 18-02-2015

Thaçi: ‘Rumours caused the exodus of Kosovars’

Rumours circulated that Germany was issuing work permits, and this created confusion, Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaçi told EURACTIV Germany, referring to the recent exodus of 30,000 Kosovars to EU countries.
Enlargement 04-02-2015

Serbia and Croatia digest genocide ruling

As widely expected, the International Court of Justice Tuesday (3 February) rejected the genocide lawsuits Croatia and Serbia launched against one another. Observers turned their attention to the vast sums of money wasted in hopeless proceedings. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 16-12-2014

EU seeks to revive Bosnia’s membership bid

The European Union agreed yesterday (15 December) to implement a German-British plan to revive Bosnia and Herzegovina's bid to join the bloc, which rests on a new government's commitment to reform.
Enlargement 16-10-2014

Football violence reveals Serbia-Albania tensions

A Euro 2016 football qualifier match between Serbia and Albania, held this week in Belgrade, ended violently, revealing underlying tensions between the two countries. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Enlargement 13-10-2014

Divided Bosnia elects nationalists

Nationalists with little shared vision of Bosnia and Herzegovina's future were in the lead in an election for the three-person presidency yesterday (12 October), likely portending more dysfunction in a country still haunted by the divisions of a 1992-95 war.

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