German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic address a joint press conference following their talks at the Chancellery in Berlin on February 27, 2018.

How Aleksandar Vucic Became Europe’s Favorite Autocrat

The EU is undermining its credibility by choosing stability over democracy in Serbia

A relative mourns on the coffin of late Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic, during his funeral ceremony at the cemetery Novo Groblje in Belgrade on Jan. 18. (Oliver Bunic/AFP/Getty Images)

An Assassination Could Be Just What Kosovo Needed

A tragic death could spark a lasting peace in the Balkans’ most restive region.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) invites for talks Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic (L) during their meeting in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence, outside Moscow, on July 8, 2014. Russia and Serbia are ready to start procedures of signing an agreement on the South Stream gas pipeline in the next few days, the Itar-TASS news agency quoted Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as saying yesterday after his talks with Vucic. The 16-billion-euro ($21.8 billion) South Stream pipeline would stretch nearly 2,500 kilometres (1,500 miles) from Russia under the Black Sea to Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Slovenia before reaching a terminal in Italy. It is an attempt to reduce Moscow's reliance on Ukraine as a transit country for its natural gas following disputes with Kiev in 2006 and 2009 that led to interruptions of gas supplies to Europe. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ MAXIM SHIPENKOV        (Photo credit should read MAXIM SHIPENKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Serbia’s (Likely) Next President Flirting With Moscow, or Still With Europe?

Serbia’s pro-EU prime minister will likely be its next president. Why is he making arms deals with Moscow?


In Serbia, a Protest and a Presidential Run

An interview with the Belgrade mayor's ex-wife led thousands to take to the streets.

A man walks past a mural, vandalized with paint, depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and US President Donald Trump and bearing the Cyrillic letters reading "Kosovo is Serbia", in Belgrade on January 25, 2017.   / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION        (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s Big League Balkans Problem

The first victim of Trump-induced instability might not be Ukraine, or the Baltics – but tiny Kosovo.


Inauguration Is Upon Us: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

It's a big week as Washington (and the world) prepares for Trump's inauguration.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference with Serbian President Boris Tadic in Belgrade on March 23, 2011. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is What It Looks Like When Russia Really Wants to Mess With Your Election

In the United States, the Kremlin is hacking emails. In the Balkans, it's staging coups.

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Why the Election in Serbia Is No Cause for Rejoicing

The prime minister’s electoral victory this weekend is being cast as a win for the European Union. It wasn’t.

Serbian Prime Minister Alaksandar Vucic (L) and his Macedonian counterpart Nikola Gruevski (R) inspect the honor guard in front of the government building in Skopje on February 16, 2015, at the start of Vucic's official visit to Macedonia where he is to take part in a meeting gathering both governments. AFP  PHOTOS / ROBERT ATANASOVSKI        (Photo credit should read ROBERT ATANASOVSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Budding Autocrats of the Balkans

From Montenegro to Macedonia, a new generation of leaders has learned to tell the West what it wants to hear while crushing democracy back home.

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic appears in the courtroom for his appeals judgement at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 11 2013. AFP PHOTO/ POOL/MICHAEL KOOREN        (Photo credit should read )

Criminal in the Hague, but Not in Republika Srpska

The autonomous Serbian government in Bosnia is questioning the war crimes verdict against its former president.

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic sits in the courtroom for the reading of his verdict at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, on March 24, 2016.
The former Bosnian-Serbs leader is indicted for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.  / AFP / POOL / Robin van Lonkhuijsen / Netherlands OUT        (Photo credit should read ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Radovan Karadzic and the (Very) Long Arc of Justice

It has been more than two decades since the “Butcher of Bosnia” committed his crimes. Why was he convicted only now?

Serbian nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj (R) surrounded by his supporters holds a burning NATO flag during an anti-government rally on March 24, 2015, in front of the building of the former federal Interior Ministry in Belgrade, which was destroyed during the 1999 NATO air campaign against Serbia and Montenegro. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC        (Photo credit should read )

When a Serbian Warlord Celebrates His Escape from Justice, He Burns EU Flags

Despite overseeing the torture, sexual assault, and deaths of hundreds of civilians, Vojislav Seselj is still on the lam.

Security officers inspect the Parliament after the opposition lawmakers release a tear gas device in the Kosovo's parliament in Pristina, March 10, 016, in the latest eruption of a long-running protest against agreements made with Serbia. 
Kosovo government reached a deal with Serbia in 2015 to grant more powers to the Serb minority. Opposition fears the plan will deepen Kosovos ethnic division and increase the influence of Serbia. / AFP / STR        (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Tear Gas and Throwing Water at the PM: Just Another Day in Kosovo’s Parliament

Opposition lawmakers released tear gas in parliament for the ninth time since September.

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