After 70 years of being told Nato was the enemy, most of the populations of the former Communist bloc continue to have mixed feelings about their former enemies – even if the geopolitics have changed radically.
Just 40% of Serbians believe their country will benefit from EU accession, compared to 84% of Kosovans and 80% of Albanians.
Fund’s Europe head warns rapid outflows of skilled workers, ageing workforce and political turmoil are adding to dilemma.
Plan envisages greater trade integration and mobility across the region, but falls short of the customs union discussed by regional leaders in March.
FDI up 26.7% y/y in January-April, with most investment continuing to flow into real estate.
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
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