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Kosovo Lacks Ambassadors In Times of Diplomatic Hardship

Only 19 of Kosovo’s 31 embassies abroad currently have ambassadors. This marks a significant failure on the part of the government just as the country needs diplomatic strength to fortify its position as an independent state.

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Ljubomir Filipovic: “A Regional Front Needed for Easing Tensions in Montenegro”

While Montenegro, a tiny Balkan country on Adriatic coast, was hit by violent events and political crises evoked by the new head of the Serbian church in Montenegro, Metropolitan Joanikije’s ceremony in Cetinje, the former capital city of the country we spoke to Ljubomir Filipovic, Executive Coordinator of Civil Initiative May 21 and a political analyst at Café del Montenegro.

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Dimitar Bechev: “Europe Remains the Center of Gravity for Turkey”

Relations between Turkey and the West have been eroded by years of crises, and Turkish President Erdogan’s recent attempts at rapprochement have their limits. Still, while Turkey may be drifting further away from the US, European-Turkish relations have remained remarkably resilient.

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“We can!”: The Rise Of Croatia’s Green-Left Gives Europe Hope

Croatia’s Mozemo!, “We can!”, movement has won local elections in the capital of Zagreb after their surprising success in general elections last year, going to show that a new generation of leftist politicians may be the greatest hope for overthrowing Europe’s populist strongmen.

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A. Erdi Öztürk: “Religion Plays a Significant Role in Turkey-Balkan Relations”

The identity of the Turkish state has been transformed under the rule of Islamist President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the central role that religion has come to play in its foreign policy is best exemplified in its relations with the Balkans.

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Report: EU And US Should Restore Cooperation In Eastern And Southeastern Europe

A recent Carnegie Europe report argues that the EU and US should work to restore cooperation after years of distance under the Trump Administration. By doing so, they may better position themselves to promote democracy and rebuild influence in the face of disruptive actors such as Russia, China, and Turkey.

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Erdogan’s Gifts To Balkan Leaders Aren’t Paying Off When It Comes To Foreign Policy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been giving expensive gifts to Balkan leaders only to see them betray him when it comes to issues of great significance for Turkish foreign policy

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Srecko Latal: Biden’s Victory Brings New Opportunities And Old Risks For The Balkans

An arena for global power games for centuries, the Balkans has yet again become the site of geopolitical competition with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: Balkans Once Again a ‘Playground’ for Foreign Powers

The Balkans, one of the regions most ill-prepared for the Coronavirus pandemic, have become a springboard from which global powers attempt to promote their international and domestic political agendas as the West is late to offer a helping hand