Spotify to enter Russia, other emerging Europe markets in new expansion drive

bne IntelliNews July 15, 2020

In Russia, the move by Spotify will put pressure on local internet majors Yandex and Mail.ru Group that also offer music streaming services.

Kosovo tightens measures following spike in coronavirus cases

bne IntelliNews July 12, 2020

PM Avdullah Hoti announces ban on religious events and public gatherings, strict new hygiene rules for businesses and a media campaign targeting those who believe the virus is a hoax.

COVID-19 second wave strikes parts of emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2020

WHO warns of a “very serious resurgence” that risks pushing healthcare systems “to the brink” in 10 countries from the region after lockdowns were eased.

Payment platform Paysera enters Kosovan market

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2020

Paysera Kosovo obtains the country's first Electronic Money Institution (EMI) licence, plans to cut cost of money transfers between Kosovo and EU countries.

Kosovo retreats from Washington talks after Thaci indictment

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 25, 2020

Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci was indicted for war crimes days before a critical US-brokered meeting, throwing the future of talks with Serbia into doubt.

Balkan Business Sentiment Index reached historic high in 2019

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2020

Progress towards EU accession lifted sentiment, but businesspeople still see corruption as one of their biggest problems.

Kosovo’s Specialist Prosecutor files war crimes charges against President Thaci

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 24, 2020

Charges announced immediately before Thaci was due to meet his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic at the White House.