Archive for June, 2009

Evading the rule of law

The failure to extradite Agim Ceku, the former prime minister of Kosovo, represents a further blow to international law and good neighbourly relations in the Western Balkans.

Financial folly

The Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s failure to implement public spending reductions is jeopardizing the country’s stand-by agreement with the IMF.

Economic (re)integration versus protectionism

An agreement on economic co-operation between Serbia and Republika Srpska stands in stark contrast to protectionist measures passed by the parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Seeking “unilateral withdrawal”

A declaration by the Preševo municipal assembly calling for the “unconditional withdrawal” of the Gendarmerie highlights the extent of mistrust and insecurity felt in southern Serbia.

EULEX and minority communities in Kosovo

EULEX and minority communities in Kosovo

TransConflict’s Co-Founders, Mr. Ian Bancroft and Ms. Mirjana Kosic, recently took part in a three-day workshop organized by the Youth Dialogue Programme, in conjunction with the EULEX Mission in Kosovo, entitled, “EULEX and Minority Communities in Kosovo”.

The success of subsidiarity

Whilst the issue of devolution and decentralisation continues to cause controversy and conjecture throughout the Western Balkans, a new report concludes that regions with more powers and competencies are economically more successful.

The flight of Kosovo's minorities

The EU insists that Kosovo is a tolerant and multi-ethnic society. So why are its minorities leaving?

Biden visit muddies Balkan waters

The appointment of a US special envoy to the Balkans would only serve to undermine the legitimacy and leverage of the EU.

Serbia’s ICTY Obstacle

In spite of largely positive assessments from the ICTY’s chief prosecutor, the USA and Amnesty International concerning co-operation with The Hague Tribunal, The Netherlands remains unwilling to soften its stance towards unblocking Serbia’s SAA and interim trade agreement with the EU.