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BALKAN BLOG: EU rejection creates space for Russian return to the Western Balkans

October 31, 2019

Belgrade plays up Russia links in economy and defence as EU accession setback for Albania and North Macedonia raises fresh questions about Brussels’ commitment to absorbing the Western Balkans.

BALKAN BLOG: EU knockback for Albania and North Macedonia has deep negative repercussions at home

October 23, 2019

North Macedonia has called a snap election and the opposition are piling pressure on Albanian PM Edi Rama after France blocked the launch of accession talks at the latest EU Council.

BALKAN BLOG: Balkan peace processes a victim of divisions between Europe and US

September 26, 2019

The discord between the US and the European Union since the election of Donald Trump as US president is holding back efforts to keep the peace and normalise relations within the former Yugoslavia.

BALKAN BLOG: Bosnia sinks deeper into the political swamp

August 29, 2019

With top politicians divided over Bosnia's relationship with Nato, the country has been unable to form a new government since the general election in October 2018.

BALKAN BLOG: Is extortion scandal serious enough to overthrow North Macedonia's government?

August 15, 2019

Macedonians feel betrayed by the state institution that once enjoyed their trust, and great efforts will be needed by Zoran Zaev’s government if it is to regain credibility.