Balkans

U.S. envoy Richard Grenell

Anatomy of a Kosovo Summit Catastrophe

The Trump administration is hosting Balkans leaders this week to culminate a peace process that’s gone wrong from the start.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during exercises of a NATO tank unit in Münster, Germany, on May 20, 2019.

NATO Has a New Weak Link for Russia to Exploit

North Macedonia just became NATO’s newest and weakest member. That makes it a ripe target for interference.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting.

China Has Its Eyes on Serbia

Beijing is using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence into the EU’s backyard.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

Meanwhile, America’s Kosovo Strategy Is Melting Down

As the coronavirus pandemic raises tensions, the Trump administration’s strategy of bowing to Serbia’s authoritarian president is coming completely undone.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic

Vucic: Most Serbs Prefer a ‘Frozen Conflict’ with Kosovo

But the Serbian president says “we need more talks” with the former province, which insists that Belgrade recognize its independence.

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Our Top 5 Debunkers of 2019

Russian expansionism is overhyped and Huawei isn’t the untouchable behemoth we think it is. Here are our top Debunkers of 2019.

The Austrian writer Peter Handke poses in Chaville, in the suburbs of Paris, on Oct. 10, after he was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature.

Why Trolling Can Win You a Nobel Prize for Literature

Peter Handke’s greatest aesthetic strength is his biggest intellectual weakness: the absence of all political and psychological depth.

Bosnian women flee Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on Oct. 31, 1992.

For Bosnian Women, No Justice—and No Seats

In the Balkan wars, women were targets. In postwar governments, they’ve been pushed out of sight.

A man holds a picture with Macedonian national hero Goce Delcev in front of the parliament building in Skopje on June 23, 2018 during a protest against the new name of the country, the Republic of North Macedonia.

Refighting the Balkan Wars Won’t Lead to a Seat at the Table in Brussels

Historical feuds still threaten to stop Eastern European countries from joining the EU.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, and Kosovar President Hashim Thaci during a summit on the Balkans in Sofia, Bulgaria, on May 17, 2018.

U.S. Plans to Jump Back Into the Balkans With New Envoy

Two decades after brokering peace in the former Yugoslavia, Washington plans to try to restart talks between Serbia and Kosovo.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of People in Beijing on April 25.

Big Brother Comes to Belgrade

Chinese facial recognition software has arrived in Serbia. It confirms the West’s worst fears about Huawei.

Supporters of Greece's far right Golden Dawn party protest against the construction of a mosque in central Athens on September 5, 2018.

The Balkan Wars Created a Generation of Christian Terrorists

War radicalized the far-right — and nobody stopped them at home.

Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev hands the NATO flag to an honor guard during an official flag-raising ceremony in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Feb. 12. (Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images)

North Macedonia Gets Coveted Seat at NATO’s Table

The small Balkan country hopes to officially join the alliance by year’s end, the foreign minister says in interview.

A reflection on the Miljacka river of a pedestrian walking past a mosque in Sarajevo on Oct. 6, 2018. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

The Balkans Are the World Capital of Islamophobia

The region’s genocidal wars are over—but bigots from across the West still flock there for inspiration.

An elderly woman casts her ballot in a mobile ballot box in Bardar, Moldova on Feb. 24, 2019. (Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images)

People of the World, Stop Looking at Moldova!

Politicians in this corner of Eastern Europe insist their country is a stage for geopolitical rivalry between the West and Russia—the better to profit from the attention.

Migrants camp on the road in the vicinity of the Maljevac border crossing with neighboring Croatia, near the northern Bosnian town of Velika Kladusa, on Oct. 24, 2018. (Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images)

In Bosnia, a Migrant Way Station Is Becoming a Winter Prison

For years, the country remained untouched by the global migrant crisis, but now, even in a place where many people were once refugees, tensions are on the rise.

People gather to celebrate the return of the formerly banned anti-government group the Oromo Liberation Front at Mesquel Square in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Sept. 15, 2018.

Don’t Let Ethiopia Become the Next Yugoslavia

Federations of ethnonational states can become explosive during moments of political liberalization. Abiy Ahmed must tread carefully to avoid a Balkan nightmare.

Macedonians in Skopje rally in support of changing their country's name on Sept. 16. (Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for Macedonia to Accept Compromise

Voters in the country’s upcoming name-change referendum should not allow nationalist opposition or foreign interference to stand in their way.

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