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BALKAN BLOG: Waiting for North Macedonia to be born

February 11, 2019

Now that the Greek parliament has ratified the Nato accession protocol with Macedonia, the authorities in Skopje now have to start the complex process of renaming the country and slowly but surely reshaping its fragile identity.

BALKAN BLOG: Serbia’s Vucic walks the line between Russia and the West

January 16, 2019

As he prepares for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit, Aleksandar Vucic is playing a seemingly perfect balancing game.

BALKAN BLOG: Protests over murdered man turn into ticking bomb for Bosnian stability

January 14, 2019

Bosnia has been in political crisis since the October general election, and protests seeking justice for a murdered young man in Republika Srpska threaten its stability.

BALKAN BLOG: Discredit and rule tactics in Romania

February 21, 2018

An upcoming government report on the anti-corruption watchdog is expected to be negative, and there is speculation it will lead to a push to depose the DNA’s head Laura Codruta Kovesi.

BALKAN BLOG: Macedonia on the verge of a breakthrough

February 9, 2018

For the first time in more than a decade, Macedonia and Greece appear to have a real chance of resolving the “name dispute” that has poisoned their relations and blocked Macedonia’s progress towards EU and Nato integration.