Western Balkans countries slump on Corruption Perceptions Index

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2018

Macedonia in freefall as setbacks across the region are bad news for hopes of accelerated progress towards EU accession.

Trading in Agrokor Group companies suspended

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2018

Zagreb Stock Exchange suspended trading of all listed Agrokor Group companies after the emergency manager of the debt-stricken food and retail giant resigned.

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.

Top Croatian officials welcome Serbia’s president amid protests

bne IntelliNews February 13, 2018

Past conflicts loom large as Croatia's Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and Serbia's Aleksandar Vucic meet in Zagreb.

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.

Serbia’s GDP increased 2.5% y/y in Q4, flash estimates shows

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2018

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.