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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: The Croatian town selling houses for 13 eurocents

November 10, 2021

Legrad, Croatia made headlines when it offered houses and building plots for just HRK1 (€0.13), but its problems of a declining population and labour shortages are repeated all over Central and Southeast Europe.

BALKAN BLOG: New COVID certificate rules cause rush on vaccinations in Bulgaria

October 23, 2021

The number of daily vaccinations nearly tripled to 30,000 after caretaker Health Minister Stoycho Katsarov said only people with green COVID-19 certificates can go to pubs, night clubs, restaurants and shopping malls.

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.