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BALKAN BLOG: Balkan peace processes a victim of divisions between Europe and US

September 26, 2019

The discord between the US and the European Union since the election of Donald Trump as US president is holding back efforts to keep the peace and normalise relations within the former Yugoslavia.

BALKAN BLOG: Bosnia sinks deeper into the political swamp

August 29, 2019

With top politicians divided over Bosnia's relationship with Nato, the country has been unable to form a new government since the general election in October 2018.

BALKAN BLOG: Is extortion scandal serious enough to overthrow North Macedonia's government?

August 15, 2019

Macedonians feel betrayed by the state institution that once enjoyed their trust, and great efforts will be needed by Zoran Zaev’s government if it is to regain credibility.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria’s nomination for chief prosecutor shows why the anti-corruption fight is failing

July 26, 2019

Protests in Sofia after Ivan Geshev — known for failing to deliver results in the Corpbank embezzlement trial and staging an action movie-style arrest of a Sofia district mayor — is nominated for chief prosector.

BALKAN BLOG: Balkan divisions on display at bad-tempered Sarajevo summit

July 10, 2019

The brawl at Sarajevo airport between Bosnian border guards and Turkish President Erdogan’s security was the only time things turned physical, but it came on top of a whole series of acrimonious verbal clashes between Southeast European politicians.