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  • Macedonia’s Name: Why the Dispute Matters and How to Resolve It

    Opinion | Central Europe 11-12-2001

    On 16 November 2001, Macedonia's parliament passed a set of constitutional amendments that were agreed in August, when Macedonian and Albanian minority leaders signed the Ohrid Framework Agreement. Later that day, President Trajkovski clarified the terms of an amnesty for …

  • EU names new co-ordinator for Balkan Stability Pact

    News | Enlargement 11-12-2001

    EU foreign ministers have appointed an Austrian
    diplomat, Erhard Busek, to replace the German diplomat, Bodo
    Hombach, as co-ordinator of the Brussels-based Balkan Stability
    Pact. Mr Busek is a former Austrian Vice-Chancellor and
    government adviser for enlargement.

  • Croatia ratifies EU association accord

    News | Central Europe 06-12-2001

    The Croatian parliament ratified the
    Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the European Union
    that opens a possibility for Croatia to become an EU

  • Bosnia: Reshaping the International Machinery

    Opinion | Security 30-11-2001

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS After six years and billions of dollars spent, peace implementation in Bosnia and Herzegovina remains far from complete. Reshaping (‘recalibrating’, in local jargon) the international community (IC) presence is vital if the peace process is to have …

  • Kosovo: Landmark Election

    Opinion | Security 21-11-2001

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS On 17 November 2001, people from Kosovo turned a page in their history by voting in multiparty elections for new self-government institutions. The conduct of the election was generally judged to have been a clear improvement on …

  • EU ponders way forward for Stability Pact

    News | Enlargement 30-10-2001

    The EU foreign ministers have started a discussion on the future of its Stability Pact for the Balkans that was set up in 1999 in order to stabilise the war-torn region.

  • The Wages of Sin: Confronting Bosnia’s Republika Srpska

    Opinion | Security 12-10-2001

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS By recognising Republika Srpska (RS) as a legitimate polity and constituent entity of the new Bosnia, the 1995 Dayton Peace Agreement embraced a contradiction. For the RS was founded as a stepping stone to a 'Greater Serbia' …

  • EU postpones donors’ conference for Macedonia

    News | Enlargement 05-10-2001

    The European Union has decided to postpone an
    international donors' conference for Macedonia, saying the
    Macedonian government has not granted ethnic Albanians enough
    rights. The conference, scheduled for 15 October, will not go
    ahead until the country's government implements reforms agreed
    under a peace agreement with ethnic Albanian

  • Europe and the Balkans, A Year After Milosevic

    Opinion | Central Europe 04-10-2001

    In the post-September 11 strategic environment, international attention for the Balkans is dimming. Western priorities are shifting elsewhere - bringing resources with them. A major power realignment is underway, with its unavoidable impact on the region. The historical window of …

  • Berlusconi undermines EU strategy to seek Muslim support

    News | Security 28-09-2001

    EU leaders have criticised Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for implying that the world is heading for a clash between Western and Islamic civilisations. While undermining the EU's strategy to obtain the support of Islamic countries in a fight against international terrorism, Mr Berlusconi was also branded as racist by Islamic countries.

  • NATO approves new operation in Macedonia

    News | Enlargement 27-09-2001

    NATO's 19 defence ministers have approved the
    deployment of a new military force to oversee the
    implementation of the peace agreement between the Macedonian
    government and ethnic Albanian guerrillas. The new NATO force
    has received the unanimous support of the United Nations
    Security Council on 26 September.

  • EU seeks Muslim allies against terrorism

    News | Security 26-09-2001

    The EU wants to persuade Muslim countries that their support for the international counter-terrorism coalition is key in order to disperse fears of a clash between Western and Islamic civilisations. The EU hopes that its diplomatic mission to the Middle East will also contribute to improving relations between Europe and Muslim countries.