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Here we go again? Ukrainian servicemen in training. EPA/Sergey Dolzhenko

Despite ceasefire, Ukraine could be going the way of Yugoslavia

A fragile ceasefire deal is just about holding in Ukraine, but hopes for its long-term success are not high. It is clear that the war for eastern Ukraine is far from over. And most ominously of all, it…
Catastrophic floods in Bosnia could have the unexpected political benefit of bringing people together across ethnic lines. Flickr/Ian Bancroft

Could devastating floods help Bosnians heal their war wounds?

The heaviest rainfalls ever recorded in the Balkans have led to catastrophic flooding in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Swelled by weeks of rain, the devastating floodwaters swamped more than 60% of the country…
Serbia’s new government will look to advance the country’s cause for EU membership. Jonathan Watts/Flickr

Serbian election: after a landslide victory, is EU accession next?

After capturing 48% of the vote and 158 of the 250 seats in parliament at elections in March, the centre-right Serbian Progressive Party – led by first deputy prime minister Aleksandar Vučić – can form…
Crimean referendum campaign posters in Sevastopol. EPA/Zurab Kurtsikidze

Ukraine crisis: Crimea is to all intents and purposes Russian

The Crimean crisis is sliding from bad to worse, not least for the inhabitants of what until a month ago was an idyllic peninsula waiting for the glory of springtime. As the ultra-right and neo-Nazi thuggery…
Implementation of the Kosovo-Serbia 15-point peace agreement remains a challenge with Serbian protesters demanding a referendum on the issue. EPA/Andrej Cukic

Deal or no deal? Action plan for Serbia and Kosovo with EU mediation

Despite its economic instability, entry to the European Union (EU) still acts as a unifying link to the rest of continent, with non-member states working strategically to meet the EU’s strict criteria…

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