International custody disputes pose problems in Slovakia
The conflict in a Slovak-Ecuadorian family show the struggle of parents who have custody of their children but not the cooperation of their Slovak ex-partners.
16 Jan 2018
will happen to French Jihadi Emilie König?
She was the most wanted female French jihadi. This week, Le Monde revealed that Emilie König, captured by the Kurdish forces in Syria, has been detained since December.
8 Jan 2018
No legal experience necessary to become a constitutional judge
Why appoint a judge when you can employ a politician or a public notary at the Constitutional Court? With this move the Slovak president breaks a three-year-long impasse.
15 Dec 2017
Deradicalization -- a buzzword but above all a big challenge
In counter-terrorism strategy “deradicalisation” is a key term. But what does it actually mean? How do we disengage ISIS fighters? No country has the perfect solution. Yet the story of Omar shows it can be done.
14 Dec 2017
The prison that wouldn't open
The cornerstone for the future state penitentiary facility in BiH was laid in 2006 but the building, announced to be the “safest prison in the region”, is still not operational.
12 Dec 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Israeli and Palestinian voices speak out about Trump's declaration
Trump “acts in a very irresponsible way. He will not have to clean up his mess. He will not have to deal with the consequences of his policies. We will have to suffer because of Trump’s reckless behavior.”
11 Dec 2017
Dismantling civil war -- Why do neighbors start killing each other?
Writer Janne Teller warns that “either the moderates keep together [in Europe], or extremists will split us up.” As a scholar of the Balkan war believes that history is on the brink of repeating itself.
24 Nov 2017
Buffer zone bell empowers Cypriots
An unusual artwork has appeared in Nicosia, Cyprus, in the UN-controlled buffer between the Greek and Turkish zones. Its sculptor hopes it will bring an accessible, secular tone to the divided island.
21 Nov 2017
Poland may soon face sanctions from the EU
A resolution was passed on Wednesday which includes the decision to launch Article 7 of the EU treaty. Often referred to as an "atomic option", the article opens the door to imposing sanctions on a member state.
17 Nov 2017
Activist attacked in Slovakia
A Swedish activist of Middle Eastern origin was assaulted in Slovakia. However, the case is not isolated: he was harassed in his native Sweden as well.
14 Nov 2017
When villains become heroes
Promoting WWII Nazi collaborators as “national heroes” is endemic in all of the former-Yugoslavia states. Their watered-down biographies replace the term “collaborationist” with “controversial” and/or “anticommunist”.
6 Nov 2017
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Politicians not speaking the same language -- deadlock in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has been without a powersharing government for 10 months, with a proposed Irish language act considered the main issue holding up a deal. But does the divide run deeper than that?
2 Nov 2017
How Belgium imported the Catalan crisis
The sudden appearance of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in Brussels cleaves Belgian politics. He didn't seek political asylum (yet), but nobody knows what else he could seek in Belgium.
31 Oct 2017
What Catalonia can teach us about Spain
It is not surprising that a region that is wealthier than the rest will rebel against a government that has not been able to pull the country out of crisis fast enough.
17 Oct 2017
Crushing the Catalan Dream
Catalan voters and their children will undoubtedly have bitterer memories of today, even in decades from now.
2 Oct 2017
When Russia flexes its military muscles, it nudges Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, and by extension, the European Union and NATO. And probably you, too.
1 Sep 2017