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BALKAN BLOG: Digging up Borissov’s hidden skeletons

May 29, 2021

Virtually every day the caretaker government has been revealing new examples of corruption and abuse of office during Boyko Borissov’s 10 years in power.

BALKAN BLOG: North Macedonia’s Sisyphean struggle for EU membership

May 20, 2021

Bulgaria's veto on North Macedonia's accession talks threatens the EU's credibility in the Western Balkans.

BALKAN BLOG: The positive side-effects of Serbia’s regional vaccination campaign

May 3, 2021

Serbia’s success in first securing vaccines for its own population and then sharing them with its neighbours have done more than two decades of diplomacy to burnish its international reputation.

BALKAN BLOG: All eyes on opposition response as Albanian Socialists prepare to declare victory

April 27, 2021

Prime Minister Edi Rama announced a victory rally after scoring an unprecedented third term in Albania’s general election, but will the opposition accept the result?

BALKAN BLOG: Few routes to power in Bulgaria’s fragmented new parliament

April 5, 2021

After voters left PM Boyko Borissov out in the cold in the April 4 general election, the possibilities for forming a new government are slim and a new snap election is the most likely outcome.

BALKAN BLOG: Jansa, disconnected

March 27, 2021

An abruptly cut-off discussion between Slovenian PM Janez Jansa and MEPs confirms fears that Slovenia, like its northern neighbours Hungary and Poland, is on a collision course with the EU over values.

BALKAN BLOG: Albania’s opposition tries to take over Socialists’ EU accession mantle

March 25, 2021

Denied the chance to launch EU accession talks despite years of reforms, Prime Minister Edi Rama has criticised EU officials ahead of the April general election, allowing the opposition Democrats to present themselves as the new pro-EU party.