Montenegro’s ruling coalition split over government reshuffle

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 16, 2021

Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic's government again at risk of collapse as two of the formations behind it demand a reshuffle.

Merkel says EU should “keep its word” in relations with accession candidates

bne IntelIiNews September 15, 2021

After EU accession progress was blocked by Bulgaria, Albanian PM Edi Rama tells German chancellor Western Balkans are “held hostage” by nationalism in EU countries.

Western Balkans coal power plants defy emissions rules, causing thousands of deaths

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 7, 2021

Air pollution from coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans caused the deaths of around 19,000 people in three years, says a new study.

Strong summer tourism season to boost Adriatic economies

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2021

Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Slovenia are reporting that visitor numbers are close to the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

Violent protests mark inauguration of Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro head

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 5, 2021

Controversial inauguration rocked the country, with supporters of President Milo Djukanovic accusing Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic’s government of sacrificing the security of Montenegrins to serve the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Protesters break through police barrier, blockade entrance to Montenegro’s Cetinje

bne IntelliNews September 4, 2021

A group of protesters blocked the main road into the historic Montenegrin capital of Cetinje ahead of the controversial inauguration of the new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro.

Slovenian president urges EU to make enlargement a priority

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 1, 2021

Borut Pahor warns failure to launch accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia will lead to rising nationalism and influence from ‘third countries’ in the region.

The crushing weight of China’s debt burden on Eurasia

bne IntelIiNews September 1, 2021

Emerging European economies were already facing heavy debt burdens before the pandemic. Now it’s worse. Several countries in Eurasia and Emerging Europe are struggling to pay off huge loans they took from China.

Montenegro’s President Djukanovic threatened with impeachment over vow to stop inauguration of Serbian Orthodox cleric

Denista Koseva in Sofia August 29, 2021

Montenegrins are divided over plan to inaugurate Metropolitan Bishop Joanikije II as head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the historic capital Cetinje.

Weekend of protests looms in Montenegro over inauguration of Serbian Orthodox cleric

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 25, 2021

Metropolitan Bishop Joanikije II will be inaugurated in Montenegro’s former capital Cetinje, which Montenegrin protesters see as a threat of Serbian hegemony in their country.

Restrictions tightened in Southeast Europe as COVID-19 cases rise sharply

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2021

New wave of the pandemic spreads in region where vaccination rates are low in many countries.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Reflections on Metternich and the Austrian Balkans

Marcus How in Vienna August 11, 2021

The region that comprised the former Yugoslavia has strongly influenced Austria and continues to do so.

Firefighters from Southeast Europe help North Macedonia to extinguish wildfires

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 10, 2021

North Macedonia is fighting raging wildfires caused by the extremely hot weather, which have been disastrous in the eastern part of the country.

73.8% of Montenegrins want their country to join the EU

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2021

Nearly half of survey respondents pointed to the better quality of life and higher living standards as the main benefits of membership of the EU.

Montenegrin state withdraws deposits from bank dubbed president’s ‘personal ATM’

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 27, 2021

Montenegro’s state-owned companies have withdrawn deposits worth €13.1mn from local Prva Banka.

Looming new coronavirus wave prompts vaccination push in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2021

With the delta variant starting to spread in Southeast Europe, officials are warning of a new wave of the pandemic that may put pressure on hospitals as early as August or September.

Montenegro repays first instalment of Chinese motorway loan

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 21, 2021

Podgorica struggled to repay loan for Bar-Boljare motorway after Montenegrin economy suffered the deepest contraction across the emerging Europe region in 2020.

Montenegro's central bank sets up fintech hub

bne IntelliNews July 12, 2021

Hub to provide support to startups and banks active in the fintech field.

CONFERENCE CALL: Economists warn over inflation and rising debt

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 1, 2021

As the world starts to emerge from the Coronacrisis, economists on an EBRD panel warned over rising inflation, debt and the uneven recovery from the crisis, with emerging markets and developing economies lagging behind their richer peers.

Western Balkans scrap roaming tariffs

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Politicians say lifting of roaming tariffs is just the first step as cooperation efforts deliver financial benefits for citizens of the EU-aspiring region.