Reflections from our correspondents on the ground in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and Romania.
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.
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.
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.
June 29, 2019
When Bulgaria’s anti-corruption body found no signs of irregularity in the “Apartmentgate” scandal, it raised concerns about institutional independence, but most people lacked the energy to protest.
June 19, 2019
A failure by the EU to reward reforms in Albania and North Macedonia risks undermining the bloc’s ability to influence policy in the Western Balkans.