Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Romania.
April 5, 2021
After voters left PM Boyko Borissov out in the cold in the April 4 general election, the possibilities for forming a new government are slim and a new snap election is the most likely outcome.
March 27, 2021
An abruptly cut-off discussion between Slovenian PM Janez Jansa and MEPs confirms fears that Slovenia, like its northern neighbours Hungary and Poland, is on a collision course with the EU over values.
March 25, 2021
Denied the chance to launch EU accession talks despite years of reforms, Prime Minister Edi Rama has criticised EU officials ahead of the April general election, allowing the opposition Democrats to present themselves as the new pro-EU party.
March 4, 2021
In such a deeply divided society as North Macedonia holding a census is not easy.
February 17, 2021
The authorities have ignored a spike in depression and anxiety among Bulgarian children and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
February 11, 2021
Moscow delivered a stern rebuke over Bulgaria's PM's criticism of opposition politician Navalny's arrest, and has taken a tough tone on several issues in the Western Balkans in recent days.
January 26, 2021
Huge islands of waste floating down rivers are a common problem in Southeast Europe.
January 24, 2021
Vaccine rollouts are yet to start in four Western Balkan countries and it will be a challenge to overcome widespread belief in conspiracy theories and persuade people to get vaccinated.