UN General Assembly adopts resolution on Srebrenica genocide

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 23, 2024

Bosnian Serb leader says he plans "peaceful separation" of Republika Srpska from Bosnia after resolution passed at UN General Assembly session.

UN Srebrenica resolution sets Balkan politicians at loggerheads

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2024

UN General Assembly to debate resolution declaring a day of remembrance for the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia & Herzegovina this week.

Tensions rise ahead of UN debate on Srebrenica resolution

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 19, 2024

Draft resolution to declare July 11 the International Day of Remembrance of the Srebrenica Genocide, but is strongly opposed by Serbia and Bosnia's Republika Srpska.

EBRD2024: EBRD expects Emerging Europe growth boost in 2024, but slightly lowers forecast

Clare Nuttall in Yerevan May 15, 2024

Development bank makes downward revision in latest forecasts after worse than expected Q1 figures for Central Europe.

Bridging economies: The catalyst role of low-cost cross-border payment transfers in the Western Balkans

Xiaoqing Yu of the World Bank May 14, 2024

Exorbitant international B2B payment transfers are a barrier to cross-border trade for enterprises in the Western Balkans, a World Bank analysis shows.

Western Balkans urged to embrace renewable energy for district heating

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 14, 2024

Fossil fuels are still being burned in district heating networks across the Western Balkans, despite the pressing need to prepare for the transition to green energy, finds a Bankwatch report.

Think-tank warns UN vote on Srebrenica genocide could trigger Republika Srpska’s secession from Bosnia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 7, 2024

Hudson Institute says move towards secession could in turn spark broader ethnic conflicts in Balkans.

Serbs see Russians as main ally, US as biggest threat

bne IntelliNews May 3, 2024

IRI’s Western Balkan survey also reveals Albanians and Kosovars most committed to EU and Nato membership; support flagging in other countries.

German chancellor says 4-year timeline for Montenegro's EU membership is realistic

bne IntelliNews May 2, 2024

Montenegro is the closest to accession among the Western Balkan countries, but progress has been stalled by political instability in recent years.

CEE recovering but no full rebound in sight, says wiiw

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 25, 2024

Germany’s slow recovery is dampening growth prospects for Central and Southeast European economies.

Future of Emerging Europe’s hybrid regimes hangs in the balance

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 23, 2024

With Emerging Europe increasingly polarised between democracies and authoritarian states, it is unclear in which direction the hybrid regimes – which fall between the two camps – will go, says Freedom House.

US senators seek closer ties with Western Balkans to combat Russia's 'malign influence'

bne IntelliNews April 18, 2024

Members of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations warned of the risk of destabilisation in the Western Balkans since the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine.

EBRD announces profit of €2.1bn in 2023

bne IntelliNews April 11, 2024

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced a significant rebound in its financial performance, recording a robust profit of €2.1bn for the year 2023, up from losses of €1.1bn in 2022.

Southeast Europe urgently recruiting from developing Asia ahead of summer season

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2024

One of Europe’s poorest regions is tackling labour shortages by importing workers from as far away as Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

Slim hopes of EU enlargement progress ahead of European Parliament elections

bne IntelliNews March 20, 2024

EU members are pushing for the start of accession talks with Bosnia at this week’s EU Council, but wider progress unlikely before June elections.

Putin’s biggest fans in Southeast Europe hail election victory

bne IntelliNews March 18, 2024

Only the few remaining allies of the Russian president such as Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik and Moldovan ex-president Igor Dodon welcomed Putin's victory.

Support for Nato membership falls sharply in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2024

Under half of Montenegrins now back Nato membership, and only 33% would help another member in case of attack.

Spat over police chief's appointment puts survival of Montenegrin government at risk

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 13, 2024

The stability of Montenegro’s government has been seriously shaken after a conflict between Interior Minister Danilo Saranovic and Prime Minister Milojko Spajic over the election of an acting police chief.

Western Balkans faces heightened risk of inter-ethnic violence in 2024, US intelligence report warns

bne IntelliNews March 13, 2024

Report says local nationalist leaders and external actors could heighten tensions for their own political gains in Bosnia and Kosovo.

With Russia and Serbia distracted, Montenegro takes aim at EU accession progress

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 11, 2024

Milojko Spajic's government tries to seize window of opportunity, but still risks derailment by domestic political conflicts.