A widespread “brain drain” is affecting many southeastern European countries, whether EU members or not. Highly qualified workers and experts are leaving in droves. Often because they can’t find a job in their profession in their home country.
The EU has offered Kosovo and Serbia the prospect of membership if they resolve their differences. A land swap may look like an easy fix, but it will only cause more problems, writes ex-Balkans mediator James W. Pardew.
Bosnia-Herzegovina is trekking the long road toward joining the EU. Along for the ride are an uncounted number of LGBT individuals still living in a patriarchal and homophobic culture. Maya Shwayder reports.
Turkey's President Recep Erdogan is on his way to Serbia – along with a phalanx of welcomed investors. It is more than an economic visit: Ankara is looking for political inroads to the EU's backyard.
NATO foreign ministers have promised to review the progress of would-be members ahead of next year's summit. Macedonia is keen to join some of its western Balkan neighbors in the military alliance, but challenges remain.
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