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10,000 foreign fighters returning to Europe: What can be done to stop them?

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

When it comes to terrorism, five digits are scary. In the coming months, 10,000 foreign fighters will come back to Europe. This is what the Italian National Anti-Mafia Directorate told Al Arabiya English.“The data we have are indicating that in the next months at least 10,000 foreign fighters will transit through the Balkans or will establish themselves there. This creates a significant problem that can’t be solved at a regional level, but it requires a global answer,” Giovanni ...

Billion-euro Ottoman smuggling route to Europe still an operating business

Friday, 8 December 2017

It does sound anachronistic, but the routes of smuggling during the Ottoman period still persist today, as European Union’s law enforcement agency, Europol, estimates that smuggling into Europe was a business worth up to 5.7 billion euros in 2015. According to Louise Shelley, founder and executive director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), Bulgarian, Hungarian and Turkish criminal groups are often facilitators of illegal activities, moving individuals ...

Will the Hague convictions bring peace to the Balkans?

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Over 20 years after the crimes against humanity committed during the Bosnian war, two commanders were sentenced by the United Nations-backed International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Many, especially in Europe, felt it as a historic moment, associating it with the Nuremberg trials that brought to justice many Nazi war criminals responsible for the Holocaust and the atrocities of the second world war. “I was in Bosnia in 1995-1996, I was there when those atrocities ...

Albania out of Euro 2016 but etched in a nation’s pride

Friday, 24 June 2016

Albania’s football team were knocked out of the European Championship in the group stages but they were feted on their return home

Rough seas, harsh winter, border limits add to migrant woes

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Thousands embark on the weeks-long migration where frigid weather and stricter border controls have turned their journey into a treacherous one

Paris attacker may have had accomplice on journey through Balkans

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Suicide attacker found with Syrian passport, holder of passport reached Europe with migrants

Turkey wakes up to ISIS encirclement

Monday, 27 July 2015

Ankara’s double game is now over. Turkey is launching air strikes against Islamic State (ISIS) from Incirlik Air Base

Dr. Theodore Karasik

Halal food production on rise in the crisis-hit Balkans

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Trying to fight back against the persistent economic crisis in the Balkans, food producers here have turned towards halal food, targeting rising demand from markets in Western and Muslim countries. At a recent three-day halal food fair in the Bosnian capital, the first of its kind in the Balkans, some 30 producers from the region gathered to present their goods - meat products, cheese, sweets, pastry, oils and even halal cosmetics. “The halal market represents more than one billion ...

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