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Newsletter 1/17/2019: Putin’s Agenda Includes Greater Balkans. Putin Assassination Plot Foiled. Kolinda Visits Erdogan in Turkey. Ivanovic Assassination 1 Year Anniversary.

Newsletter 1/17/2019: Putin’s Agenda Includes Greater Balkans. Putin Assassination Plot Foiled. Kolinda Visits Erdogan in Turkey. Ivanovic Assassination 1 Year Anniversary.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE BALKANS TODAY WEEKEND READ: “Want to Cultivate a Liberal European Islam? Look to Bosnia.” by Riada Asimovic Akyol for The Atlantic:”When French President Emmanuel Macron said last summer that he would create a new “framework and rules” for Islamic institutions in France, he […]

WEEKEND READ: Moscow Pushes to Derail Macedonia’s NATO MembershipPhoto: Makfax

WEEKEND READ: Moscow Pushes to Derail Macedonia’s NATO Membership

“Macedonian nationalist groups, led by the small, pro-Russian political party United Macedonia, have announced a campaign to boycott the September referendum on changing the country’s name to the Republic of Northern Macedonia. On August 5, a coalition of 28 minor right-wing political parties, civic associations and non-profit organizations […]

WEEKEND READ: Florian Bieber Op-ed “It is time to ditch the Berlin Process”Photo: The Srpska Times

WEEKEND READ: Florian Bieber Op-ed “It is time to ditch the Berlin Process”

“When the Berlin Process was launched five years ago, it was supposed to trigger a new dynamic to regional cooperation and bringing the Western Balkans closer towards the EU. By circumventing formal institutional structures and bringing in all EU members, the process could avoid excessive duplication of existing […]

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WEEKEND READ: Are More People in BiH Learning Chinese?

“She was born in Brcko,a district in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but Jelena Vujicic has a Chinese name as well — Wu Yali. She acquired the name when she started learning Chinese in 2012, following an agreement between the University of East Sarajevo (UES) and China’s Confucius Institute Headquarters […]

epa06446626 Citizens of northern Kosovska Mitrovica join a mourning procession of friends, relatives and companions for slain Oliver Ivanovic, in Mitrovica in northern Kosovo, Serbia, 17 January 2018. Around a thousand citizens of Mitrovica reportedly accompanied the coffin with the remains of Oliver Ivanovic in a procession through the streets of Mitrovica. Ivanovic, a former State Secretary for Kosovo and Metohija and a subject of a controversial war crimes trial and retrial, was fatally shot in front of his office in Mitrovica, Kosovo, on 16 January 2018. His funeral is expected to be held in Belgrade on 18 January.  EPA-EFE/DJORRDIE SAVICPhoto: Djordje Savic/ RFE/RL

WEEKEND READ: Edward Joseph – An Assassination Could Be Just What Kosovo Needed

“In March 2003, a sniper enlisted by a powerful criminal gang shot dead Serbia’s young reformist prime minister, Zoran Djindjic. In an instant, the promise of a clean break — for Serbia and for the region — from the Slobodan Milosevic era was dashed. Djindjic’s successors returned Serbia to the […]

WEEKEND READ: “Bosnian club symbol of ethnic unity”Photo: Daily Sabah

WEEKEND READ: “Bosnian club symbol of ethnic unity”

“Two decades after Sarajevo’s pride in its multi-ethnicities was torn apart by conflict, a football club remains testimony to the previous integration of Muslim Bosnians and Christian Croats and Serbs. ‘We are in Zeljo and Zeljo is ours!’ reads a motto on the wall at the entrance to […]

WEEKEND READ: Rakija Revolution

WEEKEND READ: Rakija Revolution

“Writing about 1968, the year of sex, drugs and rock and roll, but also the year of a series of sudden, seemingly unlinked social upheavals worldwide, Mark Kurlansky observed ‘At a time when nations and cultures were still separate and very different….there occurred a spontaneous combustion of rebellious spirits around […]