INTERVIEW: Kosovo’s Thaci says nothing will undermine relations with EU, US and Nato

Andrew MacDowall in Pristina February 16, 2018

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.

COMMENT: Hopes and dreams deflated in Kosovo

Alex Young in Pristina February 15, 2018

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.

OPINION: Tempered hope for the Balkans’ European ambitions

Henry Stanek in Brussels February 15, 2018

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.

Poor infrastructure holds back economic growth in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews February 8, 2018

Better transportation, energy, and telecommunications networks would help Western Balkan countries raise productivity and attract more investment, IMF says.

European Commission unveils Western Balkans enlargement strategy

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 6, 2018

The strategy comes after years of neglecting the region and is expected to counter the growing influence of Russia and China in Southeast Europe.

BALKAN BLOG: A new strategy but no easy ride for Western Balkan enlargement candidates

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest February 5, 2018

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.

Kosovo suspends wage hikes for top government officials

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 1, 2018

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.

M&A in Emerging Europe fell 17% in 2017 to €71.5bn, according to CMS/EMIS report

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2018

China becomes biggest foreign dealmaker in the region, making €7.7bn of acquisitions, up 78%.

Economic recovery continues in aspiring EU members

bne IntelliNews January 22, 2018

Mixed picture in the Western Balkans, with growth in Q3 2017 ranging from 0.2% in Macedonia to a robust 4.7% in Montenegro.