By Sidita Kushi

Kosovo, Mitrovica: A man walks past a mural reading “Never Surrender” over a Serbian flag in the shape of the map of Kosovo. © Pierre Crom

The EU’s policy of equalising blame in the Western Balkans has fuelled Serbian aggression against Kosovo, writes Sidita Kushi.

In the 1990s, as the Butcher of the Balkans, Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic was committing ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo (admitted by Serbian officials), the West…

By Anastasia Magazova

Ukraine, Crimea, Simferopol, February 27, 2014: Local residents listen to a speech outside the regional parliament. © Pierre Crom

After Russia occupied Crimea in 2014, not only was the Ukrainian government ousted from the peninsula, but also freedom of speech, followed by professional journalism.

From the moment Russia set foot on Crimea, a hunt commenced for journalists who critically covered the military invasion. Within a month, they had to make a choice: switch sides or remain professional. Few chose the latter.

In addition to putting pressure on independent journalists, Russian…

By Dionis Cenușa

Moldova, Varnita: Moldovan activists note registration plates of vehicles entering Moldova from the Russia-backed and unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic during the early parliamentary elections on July 11, 2021. Photo © Pierre Crom

“It is true that the European agenda will be stronger than ever. The electoral success of the PAS will result in a pro-EU majority in parliament and a strong government anchored in the European vector …”

In full harmony with the most optimistic polls, the Action and Solidarity Party’s team (PAS) won the snap parliamentary elections. This success was largely based on the image of President Maia Sandu, who promoted participation in the vote, against political corruption, throughout the election campaign, including…

By Brian Whitmore

“Axis of autocrats: Belarus dictator Lukashenka backs Putin’s Ukraine war” by Brian Whitmore was originally published on Atlantic Council.

Ukraine, Crimea, Simferopol, February 28, 2014: Russian soldiers without insignia seize the international airport. © Pierre Crom

The axis of autocrats in Eastern Europe continues to solidify as Belarus dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka bends over backwards to please his patrons and masters in the Kremlin.

In the wake of last month’s summit meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Lukashenka has made two announcements that effectively indicate he is prepared to recognize Russia’s…

By Dionis Cenușa

Moldova, Chisinau: A photograph of a health worker made by Alex Iordache vandalized in the Cathedral Park.
© Pierre Crom

“At the background of Russia that is limping, Romania can articulate a robust “vaccine diplomacy “, which, in addition to increasing its popularity among Moldovan citizens, will contribute to diminishing Russian influence …”

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health crisis in Moldova has stood out due to the high rate of infection and mortality, which places it in the list of the most active sources of infection in Eastern Europe. But, in addition to the multiple…

By Brian Whitmore

“Putin’s stealth takeover of Belarus gains momentum” by Brian Whitmore was originally published on Atlantic Council.

Belarus, Minsk: Actors hug each other prior to a theater representation. © Pierre Crom

As the Russian and Belarusian armed forces launched back-to-back exercises this week, the two countries also announced plans to establish permanent joint military training centers.

And just days before the…

division, disinformation or destabilization?

By Dionis Cenușa

Ukraine, Grabovo: Russia-backed fighters walk between the remains of the downed MH17 flight. © Pierre Crom

“The EU has the technical capacity, the financial power and the moral authority to play the role of objective arbiter that can prevent the movement of the local political actors in the wrong direction, which anyways favor the Russian factor …”

The movement of the power-opposition confrontation outside the Russian borders, generated by the persecution of Alexey Navalny, after the failed attempt of his poisoning, put before the EU the tough decision to multiply the sanctions against Russia. The new category of sanctions seeks to punish human…

by Joanna Hosa

“Why the EU should appoint a special representative for Crimea” by Joanna Hosa was originally published on The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)

By appointing a special representative for Crimea, the EU would show its commitment to standing by its partners and rejecting Russia’s violations…

by Madalin Necsutu

“What must be done for Russian forces to leave Transnistria” by Madalin Necsutu was originally published on Balkan Insight

As Moldova and Russia spar again over Moscow’s military presence in the breakaway region of Transnistria, BIRN looks at what it would take to end this decades-long…

by Aidan Hehir

This article was originally published on Prishtina Insight, republished on Subjectio with the permission of Prishtina Insight

Events in Washington DC on Wednesday night saw many commentators reaching for cliches about Kosovo and the Balkans, perpetuating stereotypes that are inaccurate, unfair and fundamentally colonial.

Kosovo, Mitrovica: Kosovo Albanians drink coffee in Mitrovica. © Pierre Crom

As observers scrambled to contrive ever more creative ways to express their amazement at images of mobs storming the Capitol building in Washington DC, many expressed their outrage by arguing…

Subjectio examines influences exercised by the West and Russia in Southeast and Eastern Europe.

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