Splits apparent in EU over enlargement

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2018

European Commission recommends start of accession negotiations for Albania and Macedonia, but French President Macron says Paris will oppose any enlargement until the EU reconfigures post-Brexit.

BALKAN BLOG: Divided, weak and doomed to fail

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 12, 2018

Balkan opposition parties are increasingly resorting to violence in their hopeless struggle to dislodge entrenched ruling elites.

Macedonia defies illiberal trend in otherwise gloomy Freedom House report

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2018

Macedonia described as the "most promising chance for a democratic breakthrough" in Europe, as prospects for democracy look bleak in majority of post-communist states.

Growth slows in Western Balkans despite job creation

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2018

A harsh winter and a decline in investments slowed growth in the Western Balkans in 2017 even though 190,000 new jobs were created, says a report from the World Bank which has called for structural reforms in the region.

Macedonian government survives no-confidence vote

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2018

PM Zoran Zaev to push ahead with more reforms and a government reshuffle after seeing off challenge from opposition VMRO-DPMNe.

COMMENT: Does Germany hold the key for Albania’s accession to the EU?

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2018

The European Commission's new progress reports for the six Western Balkan countries, including Albania, are expected next week. Crucially, they will evaluate performance against delivery of the required reforms as part of the EU accession process

Macedonia adopts crucial energy law to further liberalise electricity market

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 3, 2018

Adoption of the law, which will allow households and small firms to choose their supplier, was planned for 2014 but delayed by Macedonia's previous government.

Macedonian PM in talks to expand ruling coalition

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 30, 2018

Zoran Zaev is in discussions with two small parties as he aims to increase his government's slim parliamentary majority ahead of a planned reshuffle.

Nato joins wave of Russian diplomat expulsions after Skripal poisoning

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 28, 2018

Several European states followed suit but others are still considering whether to take action over the poisoning of an ex-spy on British soil, which has already triggered over 100 expulsions by western countries.

Macedonia, Greece committed to solving name dispute but differences remain

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 24, 2018

Meeting between the two countries' foreign ministers reveals divisions over new country name for Macedonia, despite hopes of a deal that would allow Skopje to progress towards EU and Nato membership.