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27 May 16

Bulgaria Drags its Feet Over ‘Cocaine King’

Evelin Banev has received big jail sentences for drug trafficking in Romania and Italy - but back home in Bulgaria the courts appear curiously reluctant to act.

10 May 16

Korneliya Ninova, the Bulgarian Socialists’ First Woman Chief

The outspoken and combative critic of the centre-right Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has promised to give him ‘hard times’ as new head of the opposition Socialist Party.

04 May 16

De Biasi Makes Albania’s Dreams Come True

Albania’s football team has qualified for a Euro championship for the first time thanks to the efforts of its remarkable Italian coach.

18 Apr 16

Bojan Pajtic, Embattled Leader of a Declining Force

The head of the weakened and divided Democratic Party faces a struggle for political survival, unless he can restore its fortunes.

17 Apr 16

Boris Tadic, the Would-be Comeback Kid

After years of relative obscurity, Serbia’s former president has joined forces with other opposition leaders to try get back in the saddle.

14 Apr 16

Vuk Jeremic, Serbia’s Would-be UN Chief

After three years of political obscurity, Serbia’s combative former 'minister for Kosovo' is again in the spotlight as he bids for the UN Secretary General's chair.

13 Apr 16

Sasa Radulovic, Ex-blogger Who Has Had Enough

The head of the ‘Dosta je bilo’ movement says Serbs have had enough of their old political parties – but the election will show if this is true.

11 Apr 16

Ivica Dacic, Socialist Eyeing Another Mandate

A key member of every government since he revived the Socialist Party’s fortunes in 2008, Dacic has struggled to escape the shadow of his senior Progressive Party partners.

08 Apr 16

Kosovo Says Farewell to ‘Powerless’ President

Atifete Jahjaga has handed the reins to Hashim Thaci after five years as Kosovo’s first female President – but assessments of her term in office are divided.

07 Apr 16

Aleksandar Vucic, Plotter with Limitless Ambitions

The man almost certain to stay as Prime Minister after the April elections has long been preparing for absolute power: whether he will be Serbia’s saviour, or its despot, remains to be seen.

06 Apr 16

Cedomir Jovanovic, Serbia’s ‘Pragmatic’ Liberal

Desperate to get back into parliament, the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party has joined forces with his former enemy, Boris Tadic – but will it be enough?

29 Mar 16

Vojislav Seselj: Faded Cheerleader for a ‘Greater Serbia’

The Serbian Radical Party leader, whose war crimes verdict is delivered this week, is still defiantly promoting his nationalist cause despite dwindling public support for his hardline rhetoric.

28 Mar 16

Serbia’s ‘Le Pen’ Eyes Elections with Confidence

Although her attempts to reconcile Serbian nationalism and liberal democracy cause confusion, Sanda Raskovic Ivic, woman leader of a right-wing coalition, is likely to fare well in Serbia’s next elections.

21 Mar 16

Radovan Karadzic: Psychiatrist, Poet, Politician, Convict?

Radovan Karadzic has had various roles in his lifetime - psychiatrist, poet, political leader and fugitive - but this week he could be sentenced to spend the rest of it in jail.

08 Mar 16

Romania’s Ex-King Says Farewell to Public Life

After undergoing hospital treatment, 94-year-old former King Michael has announced that he will not make any more public appearances, marking the end of an era in Romania’s history.