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Sir, Regarding ‘EU-Macedonia relations‘: First off, the reason FYROM was blocked from NATO was because the country applied for membership as ‘Macedonia’ and NOT as FYROM. Applying as ‘Macedonia’ and not as ‘FYROM’ is what violated the 1995 agreement, which the media is largely ignoring. Secondly, in response to the former Green MEP Angelika Beer’s… » read more

The refugee question is of paramount importance in Balkans – still. Beginning 1991, political upheavals – such as the breakup of Yugoslavia – displaced millions of people. Officially one part of these people are refugees meaning that they have escaped to other country, one part is “internally displaced persons” (IDPs) meaning that they have escaped… » read more

Overall, Central and Eastern Europe is very strongly hit in the current economic crisis that had divided the European Union as well. In some countries, which are in a nation-building state, candidates have expressed unfaltering support for nationalistic parties. In the more established countries, such as the Czech Republic or Hungary, the political elite is… » read more

Macedonians headed to the polls on Sunday to choose the country’s president from seven candidates and 84 mayors from 365 candidates, and members of the local councils. The incumbent president, Branko Crvenkovski did not run for re-election. Gjorgje Ivanov, the candidate of the strongest party in the Macedonian parliament, VMRO-DPMNE, won the first round of… » read more

This post was first published in TH!NK ABOUT IT site 9th February 2009. A lot of interesting marches of progress will take or not take place in West Balkans during 2009. I try to keep my finger on the pulse of developments at least in Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia (including Kosovo) where the most interesting… » read more

The Naming Game countinues

Tony Barber writes about the latest round of the great Balkans naming game: Macedonia (a country that could not enter NATO and is not allowed to use its name in the United States because of a Greek veto over it) decided to rename an EU-funded cross-Balkans infrastructure project after its great conquering ruler, Alexander the… » read more

“Poverty” defined as an economic condition of lacking both money and basic necessities needed to successfully live, such as food, water, education, health care or shelter. The table lists countries by the percentage of the population living below the national poverty line — the poverty line deemed appropriate for a country by its authorities. While… » read more

Economic freedom is highly valued element especially in U.S. society and its imitators. Conservative politics claims that greater economic freedom generates opportunities for people, creates wealth and respect for human rights. In Nordic countries the approach is different and the economic freedom of one individual – human or company – can be limited if […]… » read more

World Audit Org has been conducting sc. Democracy Audit since 1997. Their survey is concerned only with the criteria of democracy – which they hold to be Human Rights; Political Rights; Free Speech and Absence of Corruption. 150 nations, all those with populations in excess of one million are included. Related to 1st part of… » read more

Who recognized Kosovo?

There are 47 countries so far that have recognized Kosovo as an independent state. The most recent EU state to recognize it has been Malta on 15 August, the next EU state that has announced this move is Portugal. You can follow the recognition process in this site. Probably the most important recognisitios are coming… » read more

The Foreign Policy Passport blog has an excellent review on the lengthy United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report on the changing nature of criminal activities in the Balkans. These countries that are struggling with an economic transition at the same time with a post-war trauma have lower violent crime rates than Western Europe… » read more

The Foreign Policy blog, Passport has an excellent round-up on the early elections in Macedonia. The newly established state that became sovereign after the break-up of Yugoslavia is struggling to build up a national identity that encompasses its ethnic groups. Most of Macedonia’s neighbors have a hidden territorial claim over the new state. Although Macedonia… » read more

The Central European Initiative is a loose co-operation of 18 states in the region. Given the heterogenity of the group, its summit are never spectacular, and guest lists and the not present members are almost as interesting as the statements. The 15th summit had an important guest: Abdullah Gül, the president of Turkey. The Initative… » read more

The Central European Initiative is holding its two-days summit on this weekend. The rather loose regional co-operation is not very high on the international political agenda. The first news I found in English was from the Chinese Xinhua agency. The only news they produced on the Hungarian radio is who abstained from the meeting. The… » read more

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