BALKAN BLOG: Serbia’s mixed messages serve a purpose

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 5, 2022

Serbia is infuriating the EU and putting its accession progress at risk by retaining links with Russia, but this is part of a deliberate strategy.

Serbia’s Dimitrovgrad to build cross-border IT industrial park with Bulgaria

bne IntelliNews October 4, 2022

Serbian municipality to offer plots of land to IT companies as Serbia seeks to boost its tech sector.

Report says Russian gas supplies to Europe via TurkStream now endangered

bne IntelIiNews September 29, 2022

Gazprom unit that operates pipeline said to be withdrawing all technical support.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

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.

Serbia signs foreign policy document with Russia amid escalation of Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews September 25, 2022

MEPs call for Serbia’s EU accession talks to be frozen over foreign policy consultation plan signed with Moscow.

Serbia’s video game industry generated revenues of €125mn in 2021

bne IntelliNews September 23, 2022

Serbia is an emerging high-tech hub that is especially strong in blockchain and game development.

Desperate Southeast Europe governments scramble for energy resources

bne IntelliNews September 23, 2022

Facing a cold winter, Southeast European countries look to coal from Indonesia, gas from Azerbaijan and oil from Iran.

OPINION: Belgrade’s EuroPride parade was a victory against the Kremlin

Ann Smith in New York September 20, 2022

The triumph of love over hate showed most Serbian citizens want to live in the democratic world despite Moscow’s efforts.

Head of North Macedonia’s e-commerce platform Grouper joins Serbia’s Ananas, fuelling takeover rumours

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 18, 2022

Grouper was set up as a startup by North Macedonia’s ex-finance minister Nina Angelovska in 2011.

Police and anti-LGBT protesters clash in Belgrade as EuroPride march goes ahead

bne IntelliNews September 17, 2022

Last minute government decision allowed Pride march to proceed through Serbian capital after earlier ban.

Amid global energy crisis Balkan states reach out to energy-rich Azerbaijan

Fuad Shahbazov in Durham September 15, 2022

With the deepening energy crisis in the West triggered by Russia's intervention in Ukraine, European countries including Bulgaria and Serbia are eyeing alternative suppliers for additional natural gas volumes.

EuroPride starts in tense atmosphere in Belgrade

bne IntelliNews September 12, 2022

Organisers defy government ban and mass protests by religious right to hold Europe’s biggest pride event in Serbian capital.

BALKAN BLOG: What Turkey’s Erdogan can offer the Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 9, 2022

President Erdogan offers Turkey’s support to resolve critical situations that threaten stability in the Western Balkans, but what can Ankara achieve in the region?

HTEC Group acquires Bosnia’s Mistral to build up engineering base in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews September 2, 2022

Serbia-born HTEC Group now has over 2,000 professionals at development centres across Southeast Europe.

Serbia under growing pressure from West to allow EuroPride to go ahead

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2022

Belgrade is in the midst of a values clash between East and West as EU and US officials call for a reversal of the decision to cancel EuroPride — made under pressure from the Russia-linked religious right.

Electricity supply crisis in Kosovo worsens after failure of Obiliq TPP unit

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 29, 2022

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.

Serbia cancels EuroPride parade under pressure from religious right

bne IntelliNews August 28, 2022

President Aleksandar Vucic says Belgrade was under heavy pressure from right-wing groups and representatives of the Serbian Orthodox Church to cancel Europe's biggest Pride event.

BALKAN BLOG: Five days to preserve peace in the Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 26, 2022

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.

Rift opens within Serbian government over position on Russia

bne IntelliNews August 26, 2022

Deputy PM Zorana Mihajlovic accused the Russian foreign minister of “abusing” Serbia’s decision not to impose sanctions on Russia by falsely claiming Serbia supports Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Romanians least likely in the EU to read news online

bne IntelliNews August 24, 2022

Across the EU 72% of EU internet users aged 16-74 read online news sites, newspapers or news magazines, but only 59% of Romanians read news online.