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22 Aug 16

Bujar Nishani: Albania’s Accidental President

The surprise winner of the 2012 presidential election, Nishani’s time in office has been marked by claims of political bias and bitter disputes with the government.

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19 Aug 16

Dacian Ciolos: Romania’s Technocratic PM

Designated prime minister for a one-year term only, Ciolos will struggle to meet expectations on tackling corruption and stimulating economic growth.

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11 Aug 16

Dragan Covic: Warrior for a Third Entity

The undisputed leader of the Bosnian Croats is accused by some of prioritising ethnic politics over his voters’ real needs – but he remains adamant that a third, Croatian entity in Bosnia is indispensible.

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10 Aug 16

Lulzim Basha: The Berisha Loyalist Leading Albania’s Opposition

The 2017 election will be make or break for Basha, current leader of the opposition Democratic Party and protégé of former Prime Minister Berisha.

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10 Aug 16

New Serbian Cabinet is Mix of Old and New

Balkan Insight presents a summary of the personalities who will be in charge of the key ministries in Aleksandar Vucic’s new administration.

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09 Aug 16

Gjorge Ivanov: Macedonia’s Marginalised President

Macedonia’s head of state since 2009 is either a modest and upstanding patriot or a cypher of the ruling party.

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08 Aug 16

Mladen Bosic: Dodik’s Shaky Rival

The head of Republika Srpska’s strongest opposition party will be left fighting for political life if he loses another election to President Dodik.

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05 Aug 16

Sali Berisha: The Comeback King of Albanian Politics

The former president and prime minister who now serves as an MP remains one of the most influential players in modern Albanian politics.

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03 Aug 16

Ali Ahmeti: The Quiet Man of Macedonian Politics

Despite being accused of slavishly obeying the ruling coalition party, Ahmeti is seen by many as an effective negotiator for ethnic Albanians in Macedonia.

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02 Aug 16

Fadil Novalic: Bosnia’s Atypical Champion of Reform

The businessman-turned-politician enjoys little public affection at home but his support for unpopular economic reforms has earned him respect abroad.

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01 Aug 16

Zoran Zaev: Macedonia’s Harbinger of Change

The youthful Social Democrat leader and former businessman dealt the Gruevski government a heavy blow by revealing thousands of Macedonians have been illegally wiretapped.

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28 Jul 16

Zdravko Mamic, Croatia’s Controversial Football Supremo

The influential football official may have quit his posts in Dinamo Zagreb and the Croatian Football Federation – but is likely to remain in the national spotlight for some time to come.

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27 Jul 16

Edi Rama: The Artist Who Became PM

The current prime minister has held the most senior political roles in Albania, yet he insists he is anything but a career politician.

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22 Jul 16

Eduard Selami, Albania's Rebel Democrat

The Democratic Party MP who long has a complicated relationship with the party that he once led has now broken ranks with it publicly over the vexed issue of judicial reform.

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21 Jul 16

Sergei Stanishev, Bulgaria’s Natural-Born Socialist Leader

Since becoming leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party when he was only 35, Stanishev - now an MEP - has struggled to transform the party’s grey, dowdy image and make it more attractive to the young.