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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: General election is do or die for Albania’s EU future

June 22, 2017

Albania needs a free and fair election, and for the losing side to concede defeat peacefully, to finally progress to the negotiation stage.

BALKAN BLOG: Albania heads for political crisis as Democrats threaten election boycott

March 28, 2017

Rightwing obstruction of judicial reforms threatens European Union accession drive.

BALKAN BLOG: Russia the only winner as Macedonian crisis deepens

March 2, 2017

President Ivanov’s rejection of an SDSM-led government has added an explosive ethnic dimension to the already dangerous political conflict.

BALKAN BLOG: Borissov is so yesterday's man of the people

February 16, 2017

After two terms the Bulgarian premier can no longer sell himself to voters as an anti-establishment outsider.

BALKAN BLOG: Romanian government’s ‘useful idiots’ line up to undermine anti-corruption drive

February 3, 2017

Romania's anti-corruption agency is coming under concerted attack from critics inside and outside the country.