As Kosovo continues its quest for full international recognition, the president of Europe's youngest country says there is “no price” on relations with its western allies — despite a recent rift over attempts to scrap a new war crimes court.
10 years after Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, patience is fraying as Europe’s youngest state continues to grapple for international acceptance while facing a host of domestic problems.
The EU’s new Balkan strategy should be viewed as more of a motivational tool than as a real roadmap, even for frontrunners Montenegro and Serbia.
Better transportation, energy, and telecommunications networks would help Western Balkan countries raise productivity and attract more investment, IMF says.
The strategy comes after years of neglecting the region and is expected to counter the growing influence of Russia and China in Southeast Europe.
The European Commission is poised to release a new enlargement strategy which it hopes will push countries from the region to embrace reform and stop democratic backsliding.
PM Ramush Haradinaj's pre-tax salary would have been doubled under the proposed changes, which drew harsh criticism from the opposition and Kosovo's Anti-Corruption Agency.
China becomes biggest foreign dealmaker in the region, making €7.7bn of acquisitions, up 78%.
Mixed picture in the Western Balkans, with growth in Q3 2017 ranging from 0.2% in Macedonia to a robust 4.7% in Montenegro.