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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: What’s wrong with the Macedonian language?

October 28, 2020

Having finally resolved the “name issue” with Greece, North Macedonia now faces new demands from Bulgaria over its language that could again block its EU accession progress.

BALKAN BLOG: What to expect from Montenegro’s first new government in three decades

September 22, 2020

As a hodgepodge of small parties up against an administration where the recently ousted DPS is deeply entrenched, Montenegro’s new government will struggle to achieve much. But the change of government in itself gives hope for the future.

BALKAN BLOG: Why politics must be tackled before the economy

September 21, 2020

There has already been follow-through on the US’ commitment to help finance infrastructure between Serbia and Kosovo, but the long-standing conflict can’t be solved by boosting economic ties.

BALKAN BLOG: Serbia and Kosovo under pressure to do a deal in Washington

September 3, 2020

Trailing his rival in the polls, US President Donald Trump would benefit from a foreign policy triumph. Can the Western Balkans deliver one?

BALKAN BLOG: Croatia’s unexpected tourism bonanza to lift economy

August 14, 2020

The dire projections of a washout summer season in Croatia – leading to a huge slump in GDP for 2020 given the importance of tourism to the economy – have not been realised.

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