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BALKAN BLOG: Discredit and rule tactics in Romania

February 21, 2018

An upcoming government report on the anti-corruption watchdog is expected to be negative, and there is speculation it will lead to a push to depose the DNA’s head Laura Codruta Kovesi.

BALKAN BLOG: Macedonia on the verge of a breakthrough

February 9, 2018

For the first time in more than a decade, Macedonia and Greece appear to have a real chance of resolving the “name dispute” that has poisoned their relations and blocked Macedonia’s progress towards EU and Nato integration.

BALKAN BLOG: Romania heads for another year of political turbulence

January 19, 2018

Viorica Dancila’s appointment as PM sets Romania up for a hot spring of anti-corruption protests and more political infighting.

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?