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BALKAN BLOG: Elusive enlargement and a reignited conflict

October 4, 2021

Despite the positive words from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, it was clear that the accession of counties from the region to the EU remains elusive and has no clear timescale.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria’s Harvard-educated saviours-in-waiting

September 16, 2021

The interim government’s success in rooting out corruption turned its ministers into national heroes. Now two of the top technocrats are running for parliament.

BALKAN BLOG: The team from a land that doesn't exist

August 24, 2021

Backed by a powerful holding company that controls much of the economy and political scene in the Moldovan separatist republic of Transnistria, FC Sheriff Tiraspol is closing in on a place in the Champions League.

BALKAN BLOG: Ohrid’s local charm vs historic heritage

August 21, 2021

When North Macedonia’s authorities demolished lakeside bars and wooden piers at Lake Ohrid to comply with UNESCO recommendations, locals complained the shoreside resorts lost their charm.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria is heading for its third general election this year

August 8, 2021

The chances of either Slavi Trifonov’s ITN or any other party forming a government after the July 11 snap election are slim.

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe heatwave a sign of climate change to come

August 1, 2021

Southeast Europe is suffering under a heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring to 40°C or higher.

BALKAN BLOG: Head prosecutor Stoianoglo is first target and first test for new pro-EU government in Moldova

July 23, 2021

Moldova’s President Maia Sandu wants to resume the judicial reforms she started in 2019, beginning with exactly what led to her dismissal as prime minister: the appointment of new head prosecutors.