Splits apparent in EU over enlargement

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2018

European Commission recommends start of accession negotiations for Albania and Macedonia, but French President Macron says Paris will oppose any enlargement until the EU reconfigures post-Brexit.

BALKAN BLOG: Divided, weak and doomed to fail

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 12, 2018

Balkan opposition parties are increasingly resorting to violence in their hopeless struggle to dislodge entrenched ruling elites.

Macedonia defies illiberal trend in otherwise gloomy Freedom House report

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2018

Macedonia described as the "most promising chance for a democratic breakthrough" in Europe, as prospects for democracy look bleak in majority of post-communist states.

Growth slows in Western Balkans despite job creation

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2018

A harsh winter and a decline in investments slowed growth in the Western Balkans in 2017 even though 190,000 new jobs were created, says a report from the World Bank which has called for structural reforms in the region.

Kosovo’s PM sacks interior minister over deportation of Turkish citizens

bne IntelliNews March 31, 2018

Diplomatic rift opens as Turkey's President Erdogan says Pristina must "pay" for the decision to punish officials after six Turkish citizens with suspected Gulenist links were secretly deported.

Kosovo on the brink of political chaos as Serb List quits government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 27, 2018

Arrest of senior Serb official who claims he was "dragged along the ground like a dog" by Kosovan police has inflamed tensions in northern Kosovo and led Serb ministers to resign from the government.