Nothing New under the Balkan Sun, Part II: Exchange Rates

This post was supposed to be about taxes – specifically, about the recurring role of international actors in Greek tax collection. Continuing with the previous post’s theme of “unnerving century-plus continuity in Balkan politics,” I had planned to observe that, if…

Nothing New under the Balkan Sun, Part I: Meat Safety

Astute readers will  no doubt be aware that this is not the first post to include the word ‘meat’ in its title. Last summer, after observing some questionable food service practices at a restaurant in Tirana (E. coli everywhere!), I…

Knowing Where You’re From

When you go out for a coffee or drinks with friends, do you insist on paying exactly what you owe, and nothing more? If so, it might be because you’re American (or maybe you’re just a cheap bastard). And before…

Self-Censorship Via Separation in Serbian Media

When I started this post I intended to write a a straightforward criticism of B92, known for years as a bastion of independent journalism in Serbia, for meekly succumbing to the pressures of Serbia’s increasingly inhospitable media environment and engaging in blatant…

Sanguinity & Syriza

Everybody and their mother’s managed to offer a view on Syriza’s recent election triumph and in the interest of not being left out, here’s mine: I am, for the moment, still fairly sanguine. The Troika has reiterated its refusal to consider…

The Kosovo Chronicles, Volume III

Today we bring you yet another installment (see here and here for previous iterations) chronicling Serbian politicians’ refusal to acknowledge to the Serbian population that Kosovo is, in fact, an independent country and that it will never again be part…

Back from Bosnia (and Belgrade and Britain) Again

Over the course of a decent number of individual trips to the Yugosphere I’ve spent a decent amount of cumulative time in it, so with each successive trip it gets a little harder to do or see something I’ve never…

On the Balkans, the Former Yugoslavia, and the Unity of Spaces

The other day, as she is wont to do, my mother sent me a link to something on the Internet; this time it was to Nicholas Bakos’ blog, which you can find here. If you’re reading this blog, we’re probably…

Flag-gate in Belgrade – Just A Blip

I had not intended to write anything about the drone incident at the Euro 2016 qualifier, because I didn’t think there was much constructive to say. But then today came around, and I was planning to post something, and I had…

Finding a Voice & Casual Coherence in A Foreign Language

Long-time readers may know that, as part of the MA program I am on pace to complete this academic year, I am learning Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. I suppose new readers know this now, too. Having covered the grammatical basics last year and…