EU hails Kosovo’s decision to lift Serbian tariffs, Serbia unimpressed

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 1, 2020

Pristina lifted its 100% tariffs on products from Bosnia and Serbia, but has warned they could be re-imposed if Belgrade fails to take reciprocal measures.

Dramatic fall in pollution in European coronavirus hotspots but business as usual in the Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2020

Unlike coronavirus-stricken countries such as Italy, the pandemic has had little impact on air pollution levels in the Western Balkans.

Kosovan MPs dismiss Albin Kurti’s government after spat over handing of epidemic

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2020

The vote plunges the country back into political instability as the authorities are bracing for more cases of COVID-19.

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.

Coronavirus crisis to widen rich/poor gap within Central and Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 19, 2020

Convergence to be reversed as the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic is set to be deeper and longer in the CIS, Ukraine, Turkey and the Western Balkans than in the EU member states of Central and Southeast Europe.

Kosovo’s new government already on the rocks

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 18, 2020

Coalition in crisis after PM Albin Kurti’s decision to sack dismisses interior minister for "spreading panic" over coronavirus sparks no-confidence motion.

ContourGlobal abandons €1.3bn coal-fired power station project in Kosovo

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2020

Kosovo’s new Prime Minister Albin Kurti had pledged to stop the 500MW power plant that would have been Kosovo’s largest ever energy investment.

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.

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.