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20 Jul 16

Filip Vujanovic, Montenegro’s ‘Mint Tea’ President

Although one of the most trusted politicians in the country, Vujanovic has long ceased to wield political power - which is why his decision not to run for the presidency again has caused little stir.

12 Jul 16

Croatia’s ‘Salami King’ Accuses Authorities of Persecution

The Gavrilovic family said accusations of wartime embezzlement are just the latest weapon being turned on them by supporters of the ‘old regime’ in communist Yugoslavia.

08 Jul 16

Boyko Borissov, ‘People’s Man’ and EU’s ‘Golden Boy’

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister has been scaling the heights of politics for some 15 years, becoming an indispensible ‘kingmaker’ at home and a favorite of Brussels at the same time.

07 Jul 16

Ranko Krivokapic, Djukanovic Ally Who Switched Sides

After years spent as Milo Djukanovic’s close political ally, former speaker Ranko Krivokapic now advocates a united front among the opposition – but some question the sincerity of his defection.

04 Jul 16

Andrej Plenkovic: Centrist in the Running for Croatia’s HDZ

The man seen by many as a likely new leader of the HDZ is a convinced Christian Democrat, with no time for populist nationalism.

29 Jun 16

Ivan Sincic: Croatian Robin Hood or Rabble-Rouser?

Ivan Vilibor Sincic and his anti-establishment party, Living Wall, are rising in popularity in Croatia because of their stance against banks, the EU and political elites, but some analysts see them as erratic demagogues.

08 Jun 16

Goran Danilovic: Montenegrin Journalist Turned Police Minister

Former journalist Goran Danilovic is in the hot seat as Montenegro’s new police minister; as opposition representative, he’s expected to expose alleged electoral fraud, stymie attacks on the media and hasten a showdown with criminal gangs with only four months remaining until a new election.

06 Jun 16

Patriotic Front Flourishes in Bulgaria’s Chaotic Politics

In just two years, the nationalistic coalition has made its way from the margins to the mainstream of the political life, becoming a key player in the government.

30 May 16

Notorious Mayor Faces Belated Justice in Bulgaria

Tsenko Chokov, who has been running the village of Galiche like feudal lord for 20 years, has finally been charged with running a crime gang

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.