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BALKAN BLOG: Cancelled $2.4bn Rio Tinto project linked to Djokovic deportation

January 25, 2022

The Serbian government revoked licences for Rio Tinto’s massive lithium project just days after Australia deported Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic. But the reasons for cancelling the project have more to do with domestic politics.

BALKAN BLOG: Attempt to storm Bulgarian parliament by self-styled ‘nazguls’ inspires memes and mockery

January 15, 2022

Far-right anti-vaxxer party whose MPs got the jab gets social media pasting.

BALKAN BLOG: Top Serbian government officials undermine vaccination message with vocal support for Djokovic

January 9, 2022

President Aleksandar Vucic and other top officials have come out in support of Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic, currently detained in Australia, whose vaccination status is unclear.

BALKAN BLOG: Vucic’s tactical retreat in the face of mass protests

December 10, 2021

The Serbian president unexpectedly caved in to the demands of protesters against Rio Tinto’s Jadar lithium project, cleverly dividing the protest movement and undercutting its credibility.

BALKAN BLOG: A new generation prepares to take charge in Bulgaria

December 5, 2021

Bulgaria’s new parliament elected its youngest-ever speaker amid pledges of zero tolerance for corruption — but uncertainty remains as MPs have yet to sign a formal coalition deal.

BALKAN BLOG: The Croatian town selling houses for 13 eurocents

November 10, 2021

Legrad, Croatia made headlines when it offered houses and building plots for just HRK1 (€0.13), but its problems of a declining population and labour shortages are repeated all over Central and Southeast Europe.