Central and Southeast European economies remain fragile, says Vienna Initiative of banks

bne IntelliNews November 18, 2021

Banks may be tested by the withdrawal of government help to companies, particularly as infection rates begin to soar again.

Bulgarian software company Melon signs strategic deal with Kosovo’s Frakton

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2021

Bulgaria-based software development services company Melon signs strategic investment deal with Frakton as part of its expansion in the Southeast Europe region.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: German traffic light coalition could worsen frictions with CEE

Marcus How and Gunter Deuber in Vienna November 1, 2021

A new centre-left government in Berlin could help create a two-tier Europe, especially if it promotes rule of law penalties.

Prices of bread and flour products in Kosovo jump by up to 50%

bne IntelliNews October 26, 2021

PM Albin Kurti says the sudden hike in prices is linked with developments in the countries from which Kosovo imports products.

bneGREEN: Energy crisis sends Western Balkans back to coal

bne IntelliNews October 26, 2021

Serbia and North Macedonia are raising coal power generation in response to the energy crisis that has seen electricity prices soar.

wiiw hikes 2021 CEE growth forecast to 5.4%

Robert Anderson in Prague October 21, 2021

Growth is predicted to fall to 3.7% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 because of base effects, monetary tightening and more significant external headwinds.

Kosovan police clash with Serbs in Mitrovica in anti-smuggling operation

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 13, 2021

Police and smugglers injured in shootout as officers seize smuggled goods worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

Rooting out corruption proves a tough job in North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 13, 2021

The Social Democrat-led government came to power pledging a vigorous and transparent fight against corruption, but tackling entrenched corruption has not been easy.

Kosovo raises tensions again with new anti-dumping measures on Serbia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 10, 2021

Measures on some products imported from Serbia imposed shortly after Belgrade and Pristina reached a temporary agreement to ease the crisis sparked by new rules for car number plates.

Von der Leyen says EU has to deliver on enlargement

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 6, 2021

EU leaders reaffirmed their support for enlargement at summit in Slovenia, but they did not set any firm timeline.

Western Balkans falling further behind eastern EU members

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 6, 2021

Neither regional integration nor closer ties with EU have led to increased trade, investment or overall prosperity in the region, says a new report from wiiw and Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Threat of new EU travel restrictions looms ahead of Western Balkan summit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow, Ben Aris in Berlin October 5, 2021

Ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit on October 6, a leaked EU document revealed that several EU member states are seeking to restrict visa-free travel for some nationals from the region as well as other East European countries.

BALKAN BLOG: Elusive enlargement and a reignited conflict

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 4, 2021

Despite the positive words from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, it was clear that the accession of counties from the region to the EU remains elusive and has no clear timescale.

Kosovo’s parliament expects to approve law on cryptocurrency by year-end

bne IntelliNews October 4, 2021

Crypto mining is popular in northern Kosovo, where citizens have received free electricity since the end of the Serbia-Kosovo war.

Serbia and Kosovo strike temporary deal

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 30, 2021

Standoff to end in northern Kosovo after officials reach agreement ending crisis sparked by Kosovo's new rules for car number plates.

EU and US officials try to defuse Kosovo-Serbia tensions

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 29, 2021

Representatives of both sides in Brussels for talks after Pristina's decision to make Serbian drivers to replace their plates with temporary ones to enter Kosovo elevated tensions in northern Kosovo.

Kosovo’s economic growth speeds up to 16.3% y/y in 2Q21

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2021

Strong performance in retail, hospitality and construction sectors drove up Kosovo's GDP.

COMMENT: New skirmish between Serbia and Kosovo threatens the future of dialogue

Alex Young in Belgrade September 29, 2021

Without a comprehensive normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo, tensions will continue to fester and the daily lives of Kosovo’s Serbs and Albanians alike will be sorely affected.

Croatia reports dozens of state-sponsored cyber attacks in 2020

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2021

Most attacks were attempts to break into the information and communication systems of the foreign and European affairs ministry and the defence ministry.

Nato troops step up presence on Kosovo-Serbian border

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 27, 2021

Tensions have reached a 10-year high since new rules set by Pristina forced Serbian drivers to change their number plates to enter Kosovo.