Balkans

Egypt, Greece, Cyprus boost military cooperation in EastMed region

Egypt, Greece and Cyprus have promoted their military relations in the face of security threats and to defend their interests in the Eastern Mediterranean that is rich in oil and gas reserves. The defense ministers of Egypt, Cyprus and Greece held a meeting in Cairo on June 20 during which …

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Greece’s Press Is the Latest Casualty of Mitsotakis’ War on Migrants

Earlier this month, Journalists Without Borders’ annual World Press Freedom Index placed Greece last among European Union countries for press freedom, citing a number of challenges faced by journalists in the country. The index suggests that Greece is a country in which democratic norms are in serious crisis. Journalists covering …

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Why the UK Should Expand Its Bosnia Sanctions List

While Bosnian Serb separatism has been put on hold for now, there are other actors destabilising the country who should be added to the UK’s sanctions regime. On 11 April 2022, the UK imposed sanctions on Bosnian Serb politicians Milorad Dodik and Željka Cvijanović. The two separatist leaders were the …

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Croatia’s remarkable national journey is a source of hope for Ukraine

I recently had a fascinating chat with my colleague, Darjan Milutinovic. We discussed a country fighting for its freedom at a time when its independence was denied by a far more powerful neighbor. This adversary launched a full-scale invasion with a much larger army and occupied a quarter of the …

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North Macedonia Doubts French Push To Solve Dispute With Bulgaria

As France made last-ditch efforts to unclog North Macedonia’s stalled EU accession process, currently blocked by Bulgaria, ahead of this week’s EU summit, North Macedonian experts expressed strong doubts about the French proposal. At a debate held in Skopje on Monday, experts said that if media leaks about the unpublished …

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New route for exports to Russia via Turkey and Baltics, says Serbian minister

A route had been found for exporting Serbian products to Russia, and goods will be shipped via Turkey, and some Baltic countries, Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Minister Branislav Nedimović said on Sunday. Nedimović told the Serbian Broadcasting Corporation that the issue with apple exports had been resolved and that …

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Turkey Targeting Iraq, Syria, Cyprus, Greece

This means that Turkey will once again attack Kurds in Syria in an attempt to push them out of the region and claim their lands. These Kurdish groups that Erdogan labels “terrorists,” however, just so happen to be US allies who fought ISIS. Erdogan has publicly claimed parts of northern …

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La guerre d’Ukraine divise dangereusement les Balkans

Résumé L’avion du chef de la diplomatie russe Sergei Lavrov a dû rebrousser chemin alors qu’il était en route vers la Serbie, après l’interdiction de survol de trois pays de l’Otan. Cet incident va relancer la lutte d’influence entre Russes et Occidentaux dans cette région fragile. En savoir plus La …

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Der Balkan widersteht Putins Avancen – aber nur solange Europa seine Interessen konsequent durchsetzt

Putins Krieg und die Russophilie vieler Serben wecken die Furcht vor einer Destabilisierung auf dem Balkan. Doch Geografie und wirtschaftliche Interessen machen das unwahrscheinlich. Dennoch muss die EU in der Region engagiert bleiben. Seit dreieinhalb Monaten frisst sich der Krieg durch die Ukraine und hinterlässt Tod, Zerstörung, Trauer und Hass. …

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Bosnian Serb leader plans to meet Lavrov, Putin

Secessionist Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik plans to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Belgrade on Tuesday and President Vladimir Putin on 17 June in Moscow, istraga.ba reported. “This may provoke some people in the West, but what I can do. My task is to provide stability for my …

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