The covid-19 crisis has accentuated Western Balkans countries’ pre-existing vulnerabilities – but has not brought about a new political era in the region
ECFR Alumni · Programme Coordinator, Wider Europe programme
Bulgarian, English, conversational Hebrew
Tania Lessenska was the programme coordinator for the Wider Europe programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations. She focuses on the Western Balkans and Turkey regions of the programme.
Lessenska holds a BA in Political Sciences in English from the New Bulgarian University. Prior to joining ECFR, Lessenska completed two internships at the ECFR's Sofia office.
It is in the EU’s interest to continuously emphasise its commitment to Albania and North Macedonia – especially given the growing influence of countries such as China, Russia, and Turkey in the Western Balkans