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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: Contested election and brutal attack on opposition leader in Serbia cannot be ignored

January 5, 2024

The West is under mounting pressure to take a tougher line on Serbia.

BALKAN BLOG: Does Kosovo risk losing its greatest asset to the EU?

December 29, 2023

Businesspeople in Kosovo say the country’s greatest asset is its youthful, educated workforce, but employers fear losing their workers when the visa-free regime with the EU starts in January 2024.

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe’s young reformers burn bright but fade fast

October 27, 2023

Will Montenegro's incoming PES-led government have more staying power than those led by other young EU-oriented reformers in Southeast Europe?

BALKAN BLOG: Poor but green Albania is getting richer (but possibly dirtier)

October 15, 2023

Infrastructure investments and a booming tourism sector are already lifting Albania’s economy. Now it’s on the verge of a transformative oil investment.

BALKAN BLOG: How realistic is a 2030 accession target?

September 5, 2023

When European Council President Charles Michel said the EU and aspiring members should prepare for enlargement by 2030, the response from the Western Balkans was underwhelming.