Perceptions and misperceptions in the South Western Balkans
Analysis

Perceptions and misperceptions in the South Western Balkans

From the official rhetoric of the Albanian-Greek relations, it would be easy to miss some important dimensions of both sides’ real perceptions about each other. Sashenka Lleshaj, who co-authored a recent report (PDF) on the subject, looks between the lines. Although it is not news that mutual stereotypes are a modus operandi in Balkan citizens’ … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 17 November 2013 Efforts by the EU to negotiate a settlement to the row over Yulia Tymoshenko’s imprisonment continued, as politicians emphasised the importance of Ukraine signing an Association Agreement at the Vilnius Summit in a week’s time. Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, said that Ukraine’s hopes of greater integration with Europe … Continue reading

“Yes, we can say No”- A new chapter in Albania’s protests
Analysis

“Yes, we can say No”- A new chapter in Albania’s protests

Great Power politics has isolated ordinary citizens in Albania. Mass protests pushing the government to refuse Syrian chemical weapons have so far gained little attention. Sashenka Lleshaj comments on this new phenomenon. After Bashar al-Assad decided to ratify the United Nations Chemical Weapons Convention and subsequent Security Council resolution 2118, which set 30 July 2014 … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

News update to 1 July 2013 Today the European Union welcomes Croatia as its 28th member state.  The accession process has had a mixed reception in Croatia, and some in the EU are sceptical about whether the Croatian state has succeeded in its fight against corruption. Source: Reuters Last weekend’s parliamentary elections in Albania were … Continue reading