Vote counting in Kosovo election suspended after ballot papers suspected laced with chemical agent

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 15, 2019

Vote counting has been suspended in Kosovo, Radio Free Europe informed, after 26 Central Election Commission (CEC) officials sought medical help for the allergic reaction occurred after opening five ballot boxes from Serbia.

Growth already past its peak after Western Balkans’ brief blossoming

bne IntelliNews October 9, 2019

Growth has started slowing in most of the Western Balkans economies after an all too brief period of rapid economic acceleration, finds a new report from the World Bank.

Kosovo’s economy grows 4.1% y/y in 2Q19

bne IntelliNews October 8, 2019

The growth in 2Q19 was boosted mainly by the strong performance of the financial and insurance sector and manufacturing.

A new era in Kosovan politics as opposition parties prepare to form government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 7, 2019

Popular discontent with established parties in Kosovo helped Vetevendosje and the LDK to victory in Sunday’s general election and they are now poised to form a government that will most likely exclude the PDK for the first time since independence.

Who are the main candidates for PM in Kosovo's October 6 election?

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 3, 2019

The three most likely candidates for Kosovo’s next premier — Albin Kurti, Vjosa Osmani and Kadri Veseli — offer very different visions for the future of Europe’s youngest country.

Voters favour opposition parties in Kosovo’s upcoming general election

bne IntelliNews October 1, 2019

Disillusioned with official corruption, Kosovans are turning away from the ruling parties ahead of this Sunday's snap general election.

BALKAN BLOG: Balkan peace processes a victim of divisions between Europe and US

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 26, 2019

The discord between the US and the European Union since the election of Donald Trump as US president is holding back efforts to keep the peace and normalise relations within the former Yugoslavia.

Enthusiasm for coal starts to burn out in the Western Balkans

By Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 23, 2019

Montenegro, like most of the countries in the EU-aspiring region, derives a large share of its power from coal, but the decision to drop plans to build a new coal power plant is a sign countries in the region could be kicking the coal habit.