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.

CEE monthly bond wrap: 2018 off to a strong start in CEE

Ben Aris in Berlin February 14, 2018

There were $5.8bn of issues in the bond markets of Central and Eastern Europe in January, well ahead of the $390mn of issues a year ago.

BALKAN BLOG: Macedonia on the verge of a breakthrough

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Clare Nuttall in Bucharest February 9, 2018

For the first time in more than a decade, Macedonia and Greece appear to have a real chance of resolving the “name dispute” that has poisoned their relations and blocked Macedonia’s progress towards EU and Nato integration.

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.

Macedonia to make concessions to Greece as it tries to resolve name dispute

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 24, 2018

PM Zoran Zaev promises to rename Skopje's Alexander the Great airport as the two sides move closer to a deal that could unlock Macedonia's accession to the EU and Nato.

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.

Greeks weigh into Macedonia name dispute with mass protest in Thessaloniki

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 21, 2018

Macedonia must change its name, was the message of rally that drew over 50,000 Greeks, highlighting the challenges Skopje faces as it tries to strike a deal with Athens and progress towards EU membership.