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June 27, 2020

Adria Tour fiasco shows how not to relaunch sporting events during a pandemic — and gives the Croatian opposition ammunition against PM Andrej Plenkovic ahead of next week’s general election.

BALKAN BLOG: Gangster-style photos from Bulgarian PM’s bedroom ratchet up dirty war with anonymous enemy

June 25, 2020

Borissov’s latest term in office has been plagued by constant scandals, but photos of the PM sleeping next to a Glock 9mm handgun and a drawer full of €500 bills and gold bars indicate he has a bitter enemy close to home.

BALKAN BLOG: Barber of Skopje feeds the hungry during coronavirus epidemic

June 2, 2020

North Macedonia's government has announced financial recovery packages, but only the destitute qualify for aid. Ali Fevzi’s humanitarian mission is sorely needed.

BALKAN BLOG: National Theatre demolition adds fuel to Albania’s fiery politics

May 28, 2020

Experience in other countries in the region has shown that protest movements born out of campaigns over urban heritage have sticking power.

BALKAN BLOG: Why is it so difficult to set an election date in North Macedonia?

May 26, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic postponed North Macedonia's general election, but now the situation is returning to normal, political parties cannot agree on an election date. With the parliament dismissed in February, the way out of the crisis is unclear.