Widespread reports of voter intimidation have emerged in Kosovo, where local elections on Sunday have been closely watched as a barometer of ethnic sentiment in the divided country.
US Vice President Mike Pence advised the Western Balkans to look westward for peace and stability, during a regional summit in Montenegro on Wednesday.
Many West Balkan countries are steered by strongmen: nationalistic leaders who show little regard for the rule of law. As long as they keep the region stable, the EU is willing to let their faults slide, experts told DW.
Trouble in the Balkans is never far away, with the peninsula crisscrossed with religious and ethnic fault lines. DW's Darko Janjevic gives you a quick overview of the major players in the region.
Secessionist aspirations, protests and ethnic provocations: the Balkans cannot seem to find peace, political scientist Silvia Steininger has told DW. EU leaders are set to discuss how to bring calm to the region.
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