EU ministers reach agreement to open accession talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 24, 2020

Decision "sends a loud and clear message to the Western Balkans: your future is in the EU,” said Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi.

Citizens fear unscrupulous leaders will take advantage of lockdowns

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 23, 2020

Restricting social interaction is a vital part of the efforts to delay the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but in some countries people fear politicians will use the opportunity for their own ends.

THE MITTELEUROPEAN VIEW: Looking for LUV — what shape will Europe’s recovery from this existential crisis be?

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna with support from colleagues in Vienna & across the CEE region March 18, 2020

There is a new acronym in the economists' lexicon: VUCA. It is short for “Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous” as pundits are struggling to explain a crisis that is coming at us from all sides simultaneously.

wiiw slashes 2020 growth forecast for CESEE to just 1.1%

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 17, 2020

Vienna-based think tank expects the coronavirus pandemic to result in the worst year for the region since the global financial crisis.

Albania’s net electricity production plunges 39.1% in 2019

bne IntelliNews March 5, 2020

Albania is almost entirely dependent on hydropower for its electricity, and thus the amount of power produced can vary widely from one season to another depending on the weather.

CONFERENCE CALL: Passion and pragmatism in the Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in London March 3, 2020

Western Balkan prime ministers discussed the need for infrastructure investment and the removal of barriers to regional trade at the EBRD Western Balkans Investment Summit.

European Commission says Albania and North Macedonia ready to launch EU accession talks

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 2, 2020

Mini reports on the two accession candidates say they delivered further tangible and sustainable results.