What is Turkey doing in Serbia?

Sami Hamdi Balkans

Erdogan’s visit to Serbia late in 2017 was received with much pomp. The Serbians were clearly happy to receive him and the Turks were just as pleased with the warm bilateral relations reflected in agreements that will see a significant increase in trade. So what brings about this rapprochement between two historic rivals? And what drives Erdogan to risk the …

War, Politics, and Football: Albania’s journey to Europe

Besar Zasella Balkans

“When I first started playing for Albania 12 years ago, I never thought this day would come but we always tried and have now managed to do it thanks to the willpower of this group, this fine generation of players…” – Albania captain Lorik Cana “This qualification is historic. We did not deserve the defeats at home [to Portugal and …