Western Balkans buck downward global trend in FDI

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 12, 2019

EU accession candidates Serbia and North Macedonia see largest increase in FDI inflows in Western Balkans — but investments in the region are vulnerable to political instability, says new report from wiiw.

Albania, North Macedonia see hoped for EU accession talks slipping away

bne IntelliNews June 12, 2019

The prime ministers of Albania and North Macedonia are engaged in last ditch attempts to secure the go ahead for the start of accession negotiations at the European Council meeting later this month.

Deadly air pollution cuts life expectancy in Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 5, 2019

Average citizen loses 1.3 years as a result of air pollution, finds UN Environment study, but governments are still pressing ahead with plans to build new coal-fired power stations.

EC recommends unconditional launch of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 29, 2019

European Commission says the two Western Balkan countries have delivered on reforms and urges EU governments to allow talks to begin.

Launch of “Operation Broom” cleanup in North Macedonia marred by MP drug scandal

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 24, 2019

PM Zoran Zaev pledged to sack party and government officials who have performed poorly after voters punished the ruling coalition’s candidate for the government’s domestic failings in the recent presidential election.

North Macedonia’s new president signs off 21 laws his predecessor refused to endorse

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2019

Gjorge Ivanov refused to sign the bills, on topics including financial support for investments and reforms to the security services, in protest against the change of the country's name to North Macedonia.