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BALKAN BLOG: Persistent corruption to block dreams of core EU role

January 10, 2018

Failure to live up to EU expectations on tackling corruption could shatter the dreams of Bucharest and Sofia to become closer to the core of the bloc.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria’s DPS looks to benefit as government comes under pressure

October 30, 2017

The scandal surrounding a leader of Bulgaria’s junior ruling United Patriots has created an opportunity for the ethnic Turk DPS to use its leverage with Boyko Borissov’s government — but what does the party really want?

BALKAN BLOG: Drug trafficking scandal threatens to engulf Albanian government

October 25, 2017

Albania’s ruling Socialists expel former government minister linked to drug smugglers as they try to prevent Tirana’s dreams of a smooth path to EU accession going up in smoke.

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.