International banking groups mull expansion in CEE region

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2023

Half of the cross-border banking groups active in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe say they want to “selectively expand” in the region, shows the latest EIB survey.

Experts argue EU’s New Growth Plan is too small to make a difference

bne IntelliNews December 4, 2023

Proposed plan for Western Balkans involves integration into the EU single market, with a €6bn financial package.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov lashes out at West at OSCE meeting in Skopje

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 30, 2023

North Macedonia's decision to open airspace to allow Lavrov to attend sparked a boycott by Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states.

Police disperse violent protest in Pristina against Kosovo war crime court

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 30, 2023

Members of Kosovo’s leftist Social Democratic Party clashed with police outside Sirius hotel in Pristina where the president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers was meeting with NGO representatives.

COP28: The EU's climate goals and the Western Balkans challenge

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 29, 2023

Where does the EU’s hopes for a deal to phase out fossil fuels leave coal-dependent aspiring members from the Western Balkans?

INTERVIEW: Kosovo’s banking sector is competitive and resilient, says RBK CEO

Clare Nuttall in Pristina November 26, 2023

Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo CEO Anita Kovacic tells bne IntelliNews the banking sector in Europe’s newest country has proved itself to be resilient, mature and capable of adapting to new circumstances.

British troops from KFOR in Kosovo patrol Serbian border amid high tensions

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 26, 2023

Nato has increased its military contingent in Kosovo after recent violent incidents.

Failure to deal with causes of 1990s wars threatens peace in ex-Yugoslavia, says Council of Europe

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2023

New report warns rise of right wing extreme nationalist groups are a "serious risk factor" in the region and undermine efforts to preserve peace.

EBRD survey reveals surprising surge in life satisfaction in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 23, 2023

In the last seven years, Emerging Europe has grappled with pandemic, war and a cost of living crisis. So why did people get happier?

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

Nato considers permanent increase in military presence in Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 20, 2023

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says bolstering military contingent would lower the risk of a new violent conflict in Kosovo or the wider region.

Kosovo finds profitable niches to drive growth

Clare Nuttall in Pristina November 17, 2023

Diaspora funding is largely channeled into the real estate sector, but Kosovo is also establishing itself as an exporter in a range of niches from IT to furniture to beverages.

Serbia-Kosovo talks in Brussels yield limited progress

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 17, 2023

Serbian and Kosovan negotiators' separate meetings with EU special envoy Miroslav Lajcak revealed a continued impasse in key areas.

Zelenskiy warns Russia planning to destabilise Balkans and Moldova

bne IntelliNews November 16, 2023

Ukrainian president says Russia likely orchestrated Middle East crisis and warns Balkans may be next.

Top EU diplomat wants Western Balkans involved in bloc’s foreign policy

bne IntelliNews November 14, 2023

High Representative Josep Borrell says Western Balkans should be involved in decision-making ahead of accession.

Ukraine and Moldova recommended for EU accession talks, Western Balkans urged to speed up reforms

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2023

Releasing enlargement report package, Commission also calls for candidate status for Georgia, but criticises stalling in some longstanding Western Balkan candidate countries.

‘You reform, we invest’ is European Commission president’s message for Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews November 1, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen stresses financial support for EU-aspiring region is contingent upon countries implementing crucial reforms.

Serbia to hold snap general and local elections on December 17

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 1, 2023

Ruling Progressives expected to score another victory given weakness of Serbia's opposition.

European Commission president says North Macedonia could open first accession cluster this year

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 30, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen gives Skopje hope for accession progress this year during Western Balkan tour but says constitutional changes must be made first.

Booming ICT industry gives Kosovo hope for the future

Clare Nuttall in Pristina October 30, 2023

Well-paid jobs at ICT companies are keeping young people in the country, addressing the interconnected problems of unemployment, poverty and high emigration.