EU citizens bear brunt of Western Balkans coal pollution

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 19, 2019

Deaths as far away as Spain are attributed to pollution from coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans, says a study by environmental NGO HEAL.

COMMENT: Macedonia – A new name, a new opportunity

Elena Sulimova research associate with Dialogue of the Civilisations in Berlin February 18, 2019

After changing its name to the "Republic of North Macedonia” under the Prespa agreement with Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic finally cleared the way for its admission to Nato.

Macedonian opposition party nominates law professor as presidential candidate

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 17, 2019

Having lost control of the government and most local councils, VMRO-DPMNE is trying to hold onto the presidency in the upcoming election.

North Macedonia posts annual inflation of 1.2% in January

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2019

North Macedonia posted annual inflation of 1.2% in January, up from 0.9% a month earlier

BALKAN BLOG: Waiting for North Macedonia to be born

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 11, 2019

Now that the Greek parliament has ratified the Nato accession protocol with Macedonia, the authorities in Skopje now have to start the complex process of renaming the country and slowly but surely reshaping its fragile identity.

Greek parliament ratifies Nato accession protocol with Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 10, 2019

Greece was the first Nato member to ratify the accession protocol after a landmark agreement between the neighbouring states opened the way for Macedonia — soon to be renamed North Macedonia — to join the Alliance.

Kosovo signs €210mn railway upgrade project with Italy’s GCF

bne IntelliNews February 7, 2019

Reconstruction of line spanning Kosovo from Macedonia to Serbia to have a positive impact "in the region and beyond" says Kosovo Railways’ CEO.

Nato signs accession protocol with Skopje

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 6, 2019

Country to change name to North Macedonia within days, as it prepares to become Nato's 30th member and start EU accession talks.

M&A soars in Balkan “rising stars”

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest January 30, 2019

The volume and value of M&A deals both soared in some of the EU accession candidate countries in the Western Balkans, a report from law firm CMS and information service EMIS.

Greek parliament ratifies Macedonian name deal

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 26, 2019

The deal solves a 27-year dispute between the two countries and one of Europe’e most obstinate conflicts, allowing Macedonia to finally move forward towards EU and Nato membership.

Bitcoin mania spreads to the Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 23, 2019

Adaption of legal frameworks lags behind interest in cryptocurrencies in the region.