Western Balkans countries sink on latest Corruption Perceptions Index

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 23, 2020

Poor performance on latest index from Transparency International comes after years of warnings of the risks of democratic backsliding in the region should states fail to progress towards EU accession.

Western Balkans has potential for up to €20bn wind energy investment says new report

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 16, 2020

Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) study reveals huge untapped renewable energy potential in the region, which currently relies heavily on coal power.

Enlargement commissioner brings hope to North Macedonia about EU perspective

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 15, 2020

Oliver Varhelyi pledged to work for the start of negotiations in spring, alongside the adoption of an economic plan to support the region.

EU must deliver on enlargement promises says European Commission president

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2020

EU officials to start working on changes to the enlargement methodology soon in attempt to persuade French President Emmanuel Macron to approve start of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

OUTLOOK 2020 North Macedonia

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2020

The EU’s failure to set a date for North Macedonia to start accession talks was a crushing blow that has precipitated snap elections. The result of the vote and the EU summit the following month will be critical to the country’s future.

MITTELEUROPA: Following the French hit on Western Balkans, all eyes on Croatia and Germany in 2020

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna January 6, 2020

Just as brusquely as the French president recently discredited Nato (where France's real influence may not be so great), he has done the same with the Western Balkans and the EU enlargement process. And in the EU, France's position is decisive.

North Macedonia elects interim government ahead of snap election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 5, 2020

Opposition politicians joins ruling party in interim government after PM Zoran Zaev stepped down following the EU’s failure to set a date to start accession negotiations.