How Press Freedom Came Under Attack in 2020
Citizens hungry for information turned to the media during the pandemic, but governments around the world used the crisis to restrict journalists.
Biden in the Balkans
Fixing Trump’s mistakes in the region will be easy. Avoiding Obama’s will be much harder.
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An interview with Kosovo’s prime minister, how Myanmar can avoid a public health disaster in the conflict-torn state of Rakhine, and the case for reassessing Voltaire’s legacy.
Kosovo PM: ‘There Is No Other Solution Than Mutual Recognition’
As two days of talks between Serbia and Kosovo begin at the White House, Kosovo’s prime minister says Serbia’s got to finally recognize his country—or risk both their futures in the EU.
The EU Needs a New Balkan Strategy
Russian and Chinese influence in Serbia is growing. The EU needs to step up its game to avoid being sidelined.
Collapse of Kosovo Talks Amid Leader’s War Crimes Charges Are Rebuff for Trump
Serbia’s president consolidates his control as Belgrade edges toward autocracy.
Why Populists Want a Multipolar World
Aspiring authoritarians are sick of the liberal order and eager for new patrons in Russia and China.
Trump Is Stirring Chaos in Kosovo at the Worst Possible Time
A political crisis encouraged by the United States threatens to worsen the coronavirus outbreak.
China Has Its Eyes on Serbia
Beijing is using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence into the EU’s backyard.
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.
How Europe’s Nationalists Became Internationalists
Many European far-right parties made their mark by railing against the EU. Now they are appealing to a pan-European identity to further their goal of a racially pure, white Christian continent.
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.
The Dangerous Politics of Playing the Victim
The leaders of Israel and Serbia share one thing: They’ve perfected the politics of persecution. Here’s why that strategy won’t keep working.
Big Brother Comes to Belgrade
Chinese facial recognition software has arrived in Serbia. It confirms the West’s worst fears about Huawei.
The Balkan Wars Created a Generation of Christian Terrorists
War radicalized the far-right — and nobody stopped them at home.