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This summer, social democracy has found a place in the West Balkans—it’s up to Europe to build on it

Albania and Macedonia, under social democrat governments, are now as well-placed as other new EU member states

By Denis MacShane  

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. One question will be how other social democratic parties respond to changes in the Balkans. Photo: PA

In the midst of this miserable time for the once-dominant socialist and social democratic parties in Europe there is one shining exception: the West Balkans.

Without anyone paying much attention, Albania and Macedonia have got themselves social democratic governments this summer. Having narrowly won office in 2013, Edi Rama, the Albanian social democratic prime minister, scored a clear victory and four more…

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