Tensions Flare on Kosovo-Serbian Border Amid Protests and Gunfire

Demonstrations against a law related to new license plates for ethnic Serbs in Kosovo led to gunfire on Sunday, leading to concerns that the violence could escalate further.

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As Ukraine Fights, Does the E.U. Owe It Membership?

Brussels supports Kyiv’s battle against Russia, but gaining full membership to the bloc could take years. Is there another way to bind Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to Europe?

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Ukrainians Fill Streets With Music, Echoing Past War Zones

In subway stations and apartment buildings, artists are playing Bach, Vivaldi and folk songs.

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Bosnia Is on the Brink of Breaking Up

Bosnia and Herzegovina is on the brink of breaking up.

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How the Greek Revolution of 1821 Led to the Global System of Nation-States

Mark Mazower’s “The Greek Revolution” examines a century-old event that continues to reverberate today.

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Tribunal Convicts Former Serbian Officials of Crimes in the Balkans

It was the first time in the three decades of the tribunal’s history that officials in the wartime Serbian government were found guilty of playing a role in atrocities in neighboring countries.

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Ratko Mladic Loses Final Appeal in Genocide Conviction

The confirmation of the verdict against the Bosnian Serb former commander, convicted in 2017 of crimes against humanity for his role in the Balkan wars, closes a grim chapter in European history.

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How to Unite a Deeply Divided Kosovo? Name a Lake After Trump

A lighthearted suggestion by a U.S. envoy hoping to bridge a vast rift between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo has taken on a life of its own — only to be ridiculed by local residents on both sides.

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Can Biden Fix What Trump Broke?

E.U. leaders are still learning to navigate a world ever more dangerous for them, while relations with the United States grow more and more awkward.

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North Macedonia Election Returns No Clear Winner

Zoran Zaev changed North Macedonia’s name to allow it to join NATO and apply to the European Union. But he faces coalition talks after failing to win a majority in Wednesday’s election.

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After Virus Tests, Djokovic Is Criticized for Holding Exhibition

A match on the Adria Tour, an exhibition circuit organized by Novak Djokovic in the Balkans, was canceled on Sunday after a player tested positive for the coronavirus.

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