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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: Opportunities from supply chain rethink — but can Southeast Europe take advantage?

August 3, 2020

The move towards localisation — or at least regionalisation — of supply chains has accelerated.

BALKAN BLOG: Albania’s ailing tourism sector weeps for guests

July 22, 2020

Day trippers from neighbouring Kosovo and North Macedonia are visiting Albania’s Adriatic coast despite the pandemic, but most stay away from hotels and restaurants.

BALKAN BLOG: Anyone for COVID?

June 27, 2020

Adria Tour fiasco shows how not to relaunch sporting events during a pandemic — and gives the Croatian opposition ammunition against PM Andrej Plenkovic ahead of next week’s general election.

BALKAN BLOG: Gangster-style photos from Bulgarian PM’s bedroom ratchet up dirty war with anonymous enemy

June 25, 2020

Borissov’s latest term in office has been plagued by constant scandals, but photos of the PM sleeping next to a Glock 9mm handgun and a drawer full of €500 bills and gold bars indicate he has a bitter enemy close to home.

BALKAN BLOG: Barber of Skopje feeds the hungry during coronavirus epidemic

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.

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