Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Romania.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.