The problem of integrating the north into Kosovo's rule, and the lack of communication with the people living there, has shown that Pristina needs to get serious.
Efforts to resolve the problem of huge armies of stray dogs roaming the streets of Athens, Bucharest and Sofia have failed to yield results.
Outreach from political parties via social media has generated great interest, but critics question whether the connections between voters and office holders last beyond the election.
Bloggers say the increasing number of suicides should serve as a warning to authorities to address the harsh economic and social realities.
A tender for a third airport in Istanbul will open this year. Also in business news: BiH's government adopted a budget for 2012 and Romania plans to reorganise its tax system.
Despite fanfare and hope, some foreign investment projects across the region remain only on paper.
Social reintegration of trafficking victims is even more difficult in cases when a family member played a role.