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Viktor Milinkovic – NATO Enlargement, The Balkans and Russia

The following text is the first in a series of articles which will present an analysis and evaluation of NATO enlargement in the Balkans, the interests that are driving this policy and the implications this has for Russia. The escalation of tensions between the NATO military alliance and Russian Federation has become the most critical issue within the domain of …

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Veena Trehan – Refugees, Wars, Arms, Climate, and Our Future

We turn our attention to Europe, compelled by shocking images of refugees’ deaths. To the stories of the stateless having identification numbers written on them and told their trains are headed to a safety, rather than camps. Eerie reminders from the past merge with disturbing pictures of the present. What will be the refugees’ future? War has uprooted half of …

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Susanne Koelbl, Katrin Kuntz and Walter Mayr – Mass Migration: What Is Driving the Balkan Exodus?

More than a third of all asylum-seekers arriving in Germany come from Albania, Kosovo and Serbia. Young, poor and disillusioned with their home countries, they are searching for a better future. But almost none of them will be allowed to stay. When Visar Krasniqi reached Berlin and saw the famous image on Bernauer Strasse — the one of the soldier …

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War Refugees Trapped, Under Fire Trying to Enter Macedonia

Several thousand rain-soaked war refugees and asylum-seekers ran across Macedonia’s border from Greece Saturday as riot police chased them lobbing stun grenades, tear gas and beating them with batons. The violence came as Macedonia is cracking down on the flow of thousands of Syrian war refugees attempting to reach safety in western Europe by traveling through the Balkan region. In …