Poor performance on latest index from Transparency International comes after years of warnings of the risks of democratic backsliding in the region should states fail to progress towards EU accession.
Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) study reveals huge untapped renewable energy potential in the region, which currently relies heavily on coal power.
Hopes for reform progress and a new IMF deal in 2020 as Bosnia finally gets a new prime minister after over a year of political deadlock.
Just as brusquely as the French president recently discredited Nato (where France's real influence may not be so great), he has done the same with the Western Balkans and the EU enlargement process. And in the EU, France's position is decisive.
Law stripping the Serbian Orthodox Church of hundreds of religious sites in Montenegro sparks mass protests and punch-ups in both parliaments.