At the beginning of a new year, we review the achievements of the last year. Below are the top five most read articles we had published over that time. Interestingly, their subjects are completely diverse: Ukraine, Serbia, Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the EU and Slovakia, and finally Nagorno-Karabakh (Armenia and Azerbaijan).
Decommunization in Ukraine
Since proclaiming independence in 1991, Ukraine has steadily progressed down the path of building a consolidated nation-state based on the culture, values, traditions and political norms of the country’s titular ethnic group – Ukrainians. Over time, the struggle against communist ideology and the Soviet legacy has gradually turned into the eradication and revision of elements of the past related to Russian history and culture.
When you have a dream
Parliamentary elections were held in Serbia on 24 April. They were the third in four years and were called less than two years after the previous ones in conditions where the Serbian Progressive Party had an absolute majority in parliament. Europe Insight has figured out the reasons making the prime minister and ruling coalition leader, Aleksandar Vučić, take it to elections.
Referendum in Republika Srpska: experts react
On 25 September, the semi-autonomous region of Republika Srpska (RS), the Serb-dominated part of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), held a referendum on whether to establish 9 January, the day of its creation in 1992, as a national holiday. Although the Constitutional Court of BiH had declared the consultation illegal, 55.8% of the Serbs of Bosnia participated and 99.8% of them voted in favour, according to the data released by RS’s authorities. The initiative is considered to have defied the 1995 Dayton agreement. Europe Insight has asked three regional experts if it’s really the case.
“The EU couldn’t wish for a better presidency”
On 1 July, as part of the rotation taking place every six months, Slovakia assumed presidency of the European Union Council. Despite its adamant opposition to Brussels over migration policy, Bratislava is actually called exemplary.
How experts in Armenia and Azerbaijan explain new escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh
The dramatic escalation of the armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh that began on 2 April caught virtually everyone by surprise. Europe Insight surveyed Armenian and Azerbaijani experts and found out how they explained the reasons of the escalation and what they expected would happen next.