Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.
Kosovo has the world's fifth largest lignite reserves of up to 14bn tonnes, but its thermal power plants are outdated and constantly need repairing.
After a backlash from Serbs in northern Kosovo, the government in Pristina postponed new rules on ID cards and car number plates until September 1. That date is now approaching.
Pro-Russian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin meets top Russian officials on visit to Moscow as Serbia continues to defy EU pressure to join sanctions against Russia.
EU High Representative Josep Borrell says both sides need to avoid escalation on the ground after Pristina's new rules on ID documents and car number plates raised tensions.
EU officials pushing for a quick solution to avoid another conflict in the region following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Waste generation has increased sharply in recent decades, but waste management infrastructure has in general failed to keep up.
Kosovo's energy companies had planned restrictions on power use as the coal-dependent country faces a crisis in the energy sector.
Bulgaria shifts back towards Russian orbit after reformist government toppled. Montenegro could be next.
Albin Kurti claims Russia contributed to recent standoff between Kosovo and Serbia, and fears new wars could break out in Moldova and the Western Balkans.
Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Albin Kurti to meet after Pristina’s decision not to recognise Serbian ID documents escalated tensions.
After February 24, when the first Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, looking at a map of Europe is no longer what it used to be.
Only when the Western Balkans is integrated into the EU, and the EU reforms itself, can Brussels really turn its attention to Ukraine or other potential accession candidates.
With no end to the Ukraine war in sight, spiralling inflation is set to drag down growth across Emerging Europe in the second half of 2022 and into 2023, wiiw’s latest forecasts say.
Serbia has so far refused to join sanctions on Russia, while adoption of sanctions in Bosnia is blocked by the Bosnian Serb member of the presidency, Mlorad Dodik.