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Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Romania.

BALKAN BLOG: French compromise pushes North Macedonia in uncertain direction

July 11, 2022

The outgoing EU presidency’s proposal aims to remove Bulgaria’s two-year veto on the launch of accession talks, but the scope of the compromise remains unclear as the bilateral protocol is still being kept secret.

BALKAN BLOG: How to keep the EU accession dream alive

June 13, 2022

With accession bogged down in political disputes, alternatives to the current EU enlargement process are being considered.

BALKAN BLOG: Lavrov’s Belgrade visit cancelled but the damage is already done

June 7, 2022

EU officials are losing patience with Serbia’s insistence on maintaining friendly relations with Russia.

BALKAN BLOG: What living without Russian gas would mean for Moldova

April 22, 2022

Gazprom cutting off gas supplies could trigger a chain of events leading to Moldova abandoning its neutrality.

BALKAN BLOG: Russia’s media manipulation keeps Serbs trapped in the past

March 26, 2022

As the Ukraine war brings back painful memories, Russia officials use the Nato bombing of Serbia to excuse the invasion of Ukraine and as a powerful tool to divide Serbia from western countries.