In the spotlight: Demographic collapse in the Balkans

View of Zagreb, capital of Croatia.

In 10 years, the country has lost 10% of its population.

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Balkan Mail Track

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A press review presented in partnership with

Le Courrier des Balkans



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The results of the censuses organized during the year 2021 in the Balkans are beginning to be revealed, and the announced demographic catastrophe has arrived, due to a low birth rate and high emigration.

In ten years, Croatia has lost almost 10% of its population,

falling below the bar of four million inhabitants


A statistic similar

to that of Bulgaria

, where 11% of the population fainted in a decade.

The country has only 6.52 million inhabitants compared to 8.9 million in 1985. And

half of Moldova's students

have disappeared in fifteen years...

Montenegro: towards a minority government?

The great game of upheaval announced in Montenegro has begun.

A motion of no confidence

was tabled against the current cabinet

, paving the way for the formation of a minority government, without the Democratic Front (DF) or President Milo Đukanović's deputies.

An instability

which testifies to the difficult "

normalization" of the local political scene

, after thirty years of reign of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) of the Head of State.

Djoković affair: in Serbia, the Passion according to “Saint-Nole”

The Djoković saga soon turned into a state affair.

In Belgrade and Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, Serbian leaders were quick to denounce the expulsion of the Australian tennis champion and

make him a martyr


Bogus diplomas and politics in the Balkans: to the delight of plagiarists

To boost your political career in the Balkans, nothing better than claiming a master's degree, or even better, a doctorate.

And you don't need to study for that, just find a willing university to deliver it to you by addressing the many poorly controlled private establishments that are springing up like mushrooms...

Regional overview


Serbia: religious communities want more confessional education in schools

Orthodox, Catholics, Muslims, Jews and Protestants are for once in agreement.

All “traditional” religious communities

in Serbia want to take even more control over religious education in schools. 

In Croatia, the renewal of the episcopate should accelerate in 2022, with the retirement of certain very nationalist figures.

The Vatican regains control of a Church

eaten away by the demon of conservatism and often tempted by open opposition to Pope Francis.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: a new generation of artists in combat

Art is not dead in Bosnia and Herzegovina and a whole new generation of artists is emerging, despite the material difficulties and the lack of recognition.

A generation ready to go into battle to make their works exist.



Tirana: 20 new street names for 20 women killed in 2021

Twenty streets in Tirana now bear new names, those of twenty women killed in 2021. The activists of the Feminist Collective of Albania intend to challenge the authorities

on the feminicides which are multiplying in the country



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