The Balkan Chronicle (www.balkanchronicle.com) is a quality Internet-only publication that reports and examines geopolitical, political, economic, business, educational, cultural, religious, academic, sport and entertainment issues related to the wider geographical region of the Balkans. We look at these issues from a Balkan Muslim perspective. This perspective distinguishes us from the mainstream English-language media whose reporting on the Balkan matters is generally skewed to inform a non-Balkan audience with little or none understanding of the complex Balkan history and culture.
Our publication chose the English language so that a wider audience throughout the region and world could be reached.
We include articles from correspondents and contributors from all of the Balkan region and its countries, as well as the rest of the world, if it pertains to the main issue we are covering, Muslims of the Balkans. Additional content is provided by news services and renowned individuals, think tank and investment analysts and academics. We encourage all of our readers to contribute by sending us their views and information about any issue they believe could be of interest to us. You can send your articles at write(at)balkanchronicle.com We reserve the right to freely publish these comments on our web site www.balkanchronicle.com.
The Balkan Chronicle was founded in the summer of 2008 by a group of people with the different expertise and from the various countries of the Balkan region.
The decision to start this on-line Internet publication was born inline with the south-eastern expansion of the European Union and inclusion of Romania, Bulgaria, and further predicted expansions with western Balkan states and Turkey. Since the passage of the Single European Act the importance and the autonomy of regions has been significantly increasing over the years. This implies that all regions in Europe are facing the need for adjustment and, for instance, they must develop their own responses shaped by their unique social and regional context.
Because of the sudden significance of regions, many sub-national levels of government have formed direct lines of communication with decision-making formations in Brussels. Therefore in response to the development of these new regional dimension of community affairs, we understood that indigenous Muslims groups and nations from the region of the Balkan need to establish ties to better integrate and position themselves within EU structures. We believe that a ‘Europe of regions’ is perhaps one of the best ways to make EU integrations succeed to become healthy and productive and bring long-lasting peace to the region and continent. Hence The Balkan Chronicle wants to give its readers worldwide an overview of Balkan news events and developments with particular, but not exclusive, attention to the Muslims of the region. We want to be the platform for the exchange of news and ideas among the people who are interested in the issue of Muslims in the Balkans. This will often be done by looking behind the headlines and news reports.
The Balkan Chronicle is intended to reach a global readership. We expect our readers to be open-minded and realize the potential behind increased cooperation between the people of the region.
Although we do believe that the articles we publish are important for the public to know about, the views expressed in those articles do not necessarily reflect positions and views of the Balkan Chronicle editors, contributors and staff.