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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.

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.