The new natural gas pipeline running from the Black Sea to Turkey forms part of a ring of Russian-centred power networks that will leave European states ever more dependent on Russia for energy.
Thanks to Prespa, North Macedonia is now a fact. But its long-term success is still an open question.
Romania’s mismanagement of its coalmines highlights its inability to deal with its energy system’s fundamental problems.
Progress towards concluding the Macedonia-Greece dispute has been down to the Macedonians themselves and the US and far less the EU, which nevertheless seems keen to claim the credit.
The US has invested a lot of political capital in Kosovo President Hashim Thaci in the hope of securing a Pristina-Belgrade peace deal – but a potential war crimes indictment could torpedo Washington’s strategy.
For the first time, a former ruling party insider is not passively awaiting his arranged sacrifice by ‘the boss’ on the altar of Montenegro’s EU aspirations.
Bosnia faces another difficult year as bickering ethnic leaders engage in new zero-sum games, blocking the country’s NATO path and threatening to halt the formation of new governments, or worse.
The Serbian President’s plan to introduce life prison terms without parole won’t cut the crime rate – and is gross abuse of his constitutional powers.
The Macedonian government’s political manoeuvres in applying the deal with Greece have eroded people’s faith in democracy – and it must act fast to restore it.
An exquisite cat-and-mouse thriller about the Belgrade underworld does much more than romanticize some of the toxic stereotypes about the Balkan region.