wiiw hikes 2021 CEE growth forecast to 5.4%

Robert Anderson in Prague October 21, 2021

Growth is predicted to fall to 3.7% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 because of base effects, monetary tightening and more significant external headwinds.

Kosovan police clash with Serbs in Mitrovica in anti-smuggling operation

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 13, 2021

Police and smugglers injured in shootout as officers seize smuggled goods worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

Rooting out corruption proves a tough job in North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 13, 2021

The Social Democrat-led government came to power pledging a vigorous and transparent fight against corruption, but tackling entrenched corruption has not been easy.

Kosovo raises tensions again with new anti-dumping measures on Serbia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 10, 2021

Measures on some products imported from Serbia imposed shortly after Belgrade and Pristina reached a temporary agreement to ease the crisis sparked by new rules for car number plates.

Von der Leyen says EU has to deliver on enlargement

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 6, 2021

EU leaders reaffirmed their support for enlargement at summit in Slovenia, but they did not set any firm timeline.

Western Balkans falling further behind eastern EU members

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 6, 2021

Neither regional integration nor closer ties with EU have led to increased trade, investment or overall prosperity in the region, says a new report from wiiw and Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Threat of new EU travel restrictions looms ahead of Western Balkan summit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow, Ben Aris in Berlin October 5, 2021

Ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit on October 6, a leaked EU document revealed that several EU member states are seeking to restrict visa-free travel for some nationals from the region as well as other East European countries.

BALKAN BLOG: Elusive enlargement and a reignited conflict

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 4, 2021

Despite the positive words from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, it was clear that the accession of counties from the region to the EU remains elusive and has no clear timescale.

Kosovo’s parliament expects to approve law on cryptocurrency by year-end

bne IntelliNews October 4, 2021

Crypto mining is popular in northern Kosovo, where citizens have received free electricity since the end of the Serbia-Kosovo war.

Serbia and Kosovo strike temporary deal

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 30, 2021

Standoff to end in northern Kosovo after officials reach agreement ending crisis sparked by Kosovo's new rules for car number plates.

EU and US officials try to defuse Kosovo-Serbia tensions

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 29, 2021

Representatives of both sides in Brussels for talks after Pristina's decision to make Serbian drivers to replace their plates with temporary ones to enter Kosovo elevated tensions in northern Kosovo.

Kosovo’s economic growth speeds up to 16.3% y/y in 2Q21

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2021

Strong performance in retail, hospitality and construction sectors drove up Kosovo's GDP.

COMMENT: New skirmish between Serbia and Kosovo threatens the future of dialogue

Alex Young in Belgrade September 29, 2021

Without a comprehensive normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo, tensions will continue to fester and the daily lives of Kosovo’s Serbs and Albanians alike will be sorely affected.

Croatia reports dozens of state-sponsored cyber attacks in 2020

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2021

Most attacks were attempts to break into the information and communication systems of the foreign and European affairs ministry and the defence ministry.

Nato troops step up presence on Kosovo-Serbian border

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 27, 2021

Tensions have reached a 10-year high since new rules set by Pristina forced Serbian drivers to change their number plates to enter Kosovo.

Backlash against efforts to force citizens to get vaccinated in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2021

As low vaccination rates facilitated a new wave of the pandemic, governments are barring entry to malls, night clubs and other venues to those without a coronavirus certificate.

Tension in Kosovo escalates following car plates tit-for-tat measure against Serbia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 20, 2021

Protests erupt after drivers from Serbia are forced to replace their license plates with temporary ones to enter Kosovo.

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.

HICP inflation in Kosovo hits 4.7% in August

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2021

High inflation over the past 12 months has reversed the effects of several months of deflation in the first part of 2020.

Construction prices in Kosovo surge by 12.1% y/y in Q2

bne IntelliNews September 9, 2021

Price of materials surged by 8.6% q/q, accounting for nearly 70% of the total construction costs.