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BALKAN BLOG: Few routes to power in Bulgaria’s fragmented new parliament

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.

BALKAN BLOG: Jansa, disconnected

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.

BALKAN BLOG: Albania’s opposition tries to take over Socialists’ EU accession mantle

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.

BALKAN BLOG: Census sparks a political storm in North Macedonia

March 4, 2021

In such a deeply divided society as North Macedonia holding a census is not easy.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria’s hidden mental health crisis

February 17, 2021

The authorities have ignored a spike in depression and anxiety among Bulgarian children and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BALKAN BLOG: No “Navalnying” in the Balkans is the uncompromising message from Russia

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.

BALKAN BLOG: Only better waste management can clean rivers of trash

January 26, 2021

Huge islands of waste floating down rivers are a common problem in Southeast Europe.

BALKAN BLOG: Superstition and resentment surround vaccination plans

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.