Kosovo’s deposit and lending rates up or flat m/m in May

bne IntelliNews June 26, 2017

As part of its dialogue with the European Union, Kosovo has agreed to address the underlying causes of the high interest rates on bank loans

Kosovo’s loan growth decelerates in May

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2017

The total value of gross loans and lease financing extended by Kosovan banks rose by 10% y/y to €2.36bn at end-May, slowing down from a 10.8% y/y increase at end-April

EU pursues “positive realpolitik” in the Balkans, says Hahn

Andrew MacDowall in Belgrade June 12, 2017

EU enlargement commissioner reaffirms his determination to bring Western Balkan countries into the union, despite growing perception that the enlargement process is doomed.

Coalition of ex-KLA parties wins Kosovo’s early general election

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia June 12, 2017

Despite claiming victory, PDK-AAK-Nisma alliance takes fewer votes than expected and faces difficult coalition talks.

Banking convergence returns to Central and Eastern Europe, says RBI

Robert Anderson in Prague June 9, 2017

The banking downturn is over, with profitability surging last year, according to the lender's annual CEE Banking Report.

Kosovo’s new government to face weighty tasks after general election

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia June 8, 2017

Coalition of ex-KLA parties PDK-AAK-Nisma expected to win June 11 election, and will need to tackle ratification of Montenegro border deal and other pressing issues.

COMMENT: Kosovo’s guns versus its roses

Alex Young in Belgrade June 7, 2017

The parties of the Kosovo Liberation Army old guard will face those who once advocated peaceful resistance against Serbia in Kosovo's June 11 election.

Bosnia slides closer towards conflict

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 4, 2017

Bosnia plummeted on Global Peace Index as internal divisions and relations with neighbours worsened.