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BALKAN BLOG: Serbia and Kosovo under pressure to do a deal in Washington

September 3, 2020

Trailing his rival in the polls, US President Donald Trump would benefit from a foreign policy triumph. Can the Western Balkans deliver one?

BALKAN BLOG: Croatia’s unexpected tourism bonanza to lift economy

August 14, 2020

The dire projections of a washout summer season in Croatia – leading to a huge slump in GDP for 2020 given the importance of tourism to the economy – have not been realised.

BALKAN BLOG: Opportunities from supply chain rethink — but can Southeast Europe take advantage?

August 3, 2020

The move towards localisation — or at least regionalisation — of supply chains has accelerated.

BALKAN BLOG: Albania’s ailing tourism sector weeps for guests

July 22, 2020

Day trippers from neighbouring Kosovo and North Macedonia are visiting Albania’s Adriatic coast despite the pandemic, but most stay away from hotels and restaurants.


June 27, 2020

Adria Tour fiasco shows how not to relaunch sporting events during a pandemic — and gives the Croatian opposition ammunition against PM Andrej Plenkovic ahead of next week’s general election.