Macedonia in freefall as setbacks across the region are bad news for hopes of accelerated progress towards EU accession.
Zagreb Stock Exchange suspended trading of all listed Agrokor Group companies after the emergency manager of the debt-stricken food and retail giant resigned.
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.
Past conflicts loom large as Croatia's Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Serbia's Aleksandar Vucic meet in Zagreb.
Better transportation, energy, and telecommunications networks would help Western Balkan countries raise productivity and attract more investment, IMF says.
The strategy comes after years of neglecting the region and is expected to counter the growing influence of Russia and China in Southeast Europe.
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.
Serbia's agriculture sector was hit by drought in 2017, but PM Ana Brnabic is optimistic the government's measures to compensate were enough to keep growth at 2.5% for the year.