Russia Has Planted Seeds of the EU’s Demise in the Balkans

August 06, 2020

Earlier this year, Kosovo elected Albin Kurti as prime minister. Progressive, pro-American, pro-justice and anti-corruption, Kurti was precisely the kind of politician Americans would ordinarily wish to see in power in the region. And yet the US has orchestrated what Kurti has called “a...

Nationalism in the Balkans Predates Brexit and Trump

January 30, 2019

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to political scientist Jasmin Mujanovic. The Balkan region is a volatile area of southeastern Europe. It has been through many ups and downs since the disintegration of Yugoslavia in 1992. Conflicts over borders and unsettled political...

Bulgaria’s EU Presidency: Does National Excitement Match Reality?

December 11, 2017

The upcoming EU presidency is Bulgaria’s chance to remold its image as a reliable and stable actor in the Balkans and beyond. On January 1, 2018, Bulgaria will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first time in its history. The country is stepping up on the...

EU Enlargement: The Target for the Western Balkans

July 14, 2017

If countries of the Western Balkans are to have any prospect of overcoming economic stagnation and crisis, they will need to double their annual growth rates. A recent study by the World Bank indicates that the economies of the Western Balkans will need to grow at annual rates of at least 6% if...