Mogherini and the Future of Rapprochement between Serbia and Kosovo: The EU’s New Role and How It Should Play Out

The implementation of the first Brussels Agreement (reached in April 2013) has considerably slowed down. Thusly, this questions the very purpose of the deal, whose aim has been to set relations between Serbia and Kosovo on a track towards normalization. The former EU Higher Representative, Lady Catherine Ashton, has brought together the prime ministers of…

Bosnia is no model for Ukrainian peace

An unfortunate narrative has captured the discourse on the crisis in Ukraine, as political solutions to end the conflict and Russian incursion are sought. Many commentators have ruminated that a ‘Dayton-style solution’ or the ‘Bosnian model’ be implemented in Ukraine as a means to end the violence and embrace decentralized, regional based federalism where Kiev…

More than a game? Again? On the seemingly perpetual football-related violence in the Balkans

Over the past twenty-five years academic scholarship, as well as journalistic accounts of varying degrees of quality, have focused on Balkan football fan cultures almost exclusively in terms of their violent, homophobic and nationalist behavior, their involvement in paramilitary formations that committed war-crimes during the Yugoslav Wars and their interconnection with various mafia-esque structures in the…

Surviving the Belgrade Pride Parade

Last weekend Serbia’s LGBTI community appeared in public space, manifesting its existence and, more importantly, gentleness. Just to recapitulate, the attempt to stage the first parade in Serbia in 2001 was a disaster, dominated by a bloody confrontation between the police force and counter-protesters (supported by the Serbian Orthodox Church), with numerous participants seriously injured.…

Structural weaknesses of the Western Balkan economies

Bleak economic prospects Until the strong impact of the global economic crisis, the Western Balkan countries registered relatively high growth rates, declining inflation, rapid expansion of foreign trade and increasing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Many important economic reforms, required by the transition to market economy, have also been implemented successfully. Ongoing political, legal and economic…