Idea discussed by presidents of Serbia and Kosovo has met with international opposition and criticism from politicians at home.
Almost half the population of the CEE region were glued to their tellies watching the FIFA World Cup between June 14 and July 15 this year. The Russian game against Croatia attracted the biggest TV audience in 20 years.
The controversial Turkish leader has been building economic bridges with the region but is his engagement in its best long-term interests?
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.
August 4 was the deadline for the Kosovan authorities to establish the Community of Serb Municipalities, an important step in the EU-mediated normalisation process between Belgrade and Pristina.
Events marking the 100th anniversary since the Serbian flag flew over the White House help mend relations still strained by memories of the 1999 Nato bombing of Serbia and Washington's support for Kosovan independence.