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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: Barber of Skopje feeds the hungry during coronavirus epidemic

June 2, 2020

North Macedonia's government has announced financial recovery packages, but only the destitute qualify for aid. Ali Fevzi’s humanitarian mission is sorely needed.

BALKAN BLOG: National Theatre demolition adds fuel to Albania’s fiery politics

May 28, 2020

Experience in other countries in the region has shown that protest movements born out of campaigns over urban heritage have sticking power.

BALKAN BLOG: Why is it so difficult to set an election date in North Macedonia?

May 26, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic postponed North Macedonia's general election, but now the situation is returning to normal, political parties cannot agree on an election date. With the parliament dismissed in February, the way out of the crisis is unclear.

BALKAN BLOG: A poor solution to waste disposal

March 17, 2020

Scandals over illegal waste imports have erupted in the two poorest EU states, Bulgaria and Romania, as two years on from China’s ban on plastic waste imports, developed countries are still struggling to dispose of waste they cannot recycle at home.

BALKAN BLOG: A diplomatic breakthrough for Trump’s favourite ambassador

January 29, 2020

The US is back in the game in the Western Balkans, as President Donald Trump’s new envoy for the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue has brokered one deal on the resumption of air traffic between the two countries, and is close to a second on rail transport.