ALACO DISPATCHES: Erdogan’s embrace of Western Balkans worries EU

Yigal Chazan of Alaco Dispatches August 10, 2018

The controversial Turkish leader has been building economic bridges with the region but is his engagement in its best long-term interests?  

Hydropower rebounds in the Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest August 8, 2018

After a severe drought caused hydropower generation to slump in the Western Balkans last year, the latest data show a sharp rebound in hydroelectricity production in the first half of 2018.

Rightwing Macedonian parties to boycott name deal referendum

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 7, 2018

Pro-Russian United Macedonia party leads the “Macedonia Boycotts” campaign, raising further suspicions of a Russian campaign to derail the referendum that is a critical step on Macedonia's path to EU and Nato.

Macedonia sets date for referendum on name deal with Greece

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 30, 2018

Referendum on critical deal that will pave the way for Macedonia to join EU and Nato to be held on September 30, but it's still unclear whether opposition VMRO-DPMNE supporters will vote against the deal or boycott the referendum altogether.

Nato invites Macedonia to start accession talks

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 11, 2018

Macedonia is poised to become the Alliance's 30th member once it implements a historic deal with Greece that will see the former Yugoslavian country's name changed to North Macedonia.