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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: Serbia’s mixed messages serve a purpose

October 5, 2022

Serbia is infuriating the EU and putting its accession progress at risk by retaining links with Russia, but this is part of a deliberate strategy.

BALKAN BLOG: What Turkey’s Erdogan can offer the Western Balkans

September 9, 2022

President Erdogan offers Turkey’s support to resolve critical situations that threaten stability in the Western Balkans, but what can Ankara achieve in the region?

BALKAN BLOG: Five days to preserve peace in the Western Balkans

August 26, 2022

After a backlash from Serbs in northern Kosovo, the government in Pristina postponed new rules on ID cards and car number plates until September 1. That date is now approaching.

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe’s ties to Russia prove hard to sever

August 10, 2022

Bulgaria shifts back towards Russian orbit after reformist government toppled. Montenegro could be next.

BALKAN BLOG: French compromise pushes North Macedonia in uncertain direction

July 11, 2022

The outgoing EU presidency’s proposal aims to remove Bulgaria’s two-year veto on the launch of accession talks, but the scope of the compromise remains unclear as the bilateral protocol is still being kept secret.