Kosovan PM given ultimatum to tackle tensions in north

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 7, 2023

US envoy Escobar says Pristina has two days to respond to US, EU demands or face consequences.

Turkey deploys commandos in Kosovo after violent protests

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 4, 2023

The commando battalion deployed to address mounting tensions in the region.

Kosovo’s PM Kurti defies US demands to withdraw special police from troubled north

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 31, 2023

Kurti defiant in the face of strong criticism from Kosovo's Western allies.

Nato to send 700 more troops to Kosovo after violent clashes

bne IntelliNews May 30, 2023

Western diplomats are putting heavy pressure on Pristina and Belgrade to de-escalate the situation in northern Kosovo.

KFOR forcibly disperses protest in northern Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 29, 2023

Dozens injured in clashes between Kosovan police and ethnic Serb protesters.

Kosovan police thwart attempt to take over local government office by force

bne IntelliNews May 29, 2023

New clashes erupt in northern Kosovo where Serb protesters try to force their way into municipal offices in Zvecan.

Defence Minister Vucevic elected new head of Serbia’s ruling SNS

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 27, 2023

President Aleksandar Vucic steps down as head of SNS amid mass anti-violence protests and spike in tensions with Kosovo.

Serbian president puts army on highest combat readiness as riots erupt in northern Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 26, 2023

Serbian army deployed along Kosovan border after violent clashes between police and local Serbs in northern Kosovo.

Freedom House says Ukraine war threatens democracy across Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 25, 2023

Democratic governance deteriorates in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, with worst declines in already authoritarian regions.

US senators tell Kosovo to get deal with Serbia done this year

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 23, 2023

Pristina under pressure to set up long-delayed Association of Serbian Municipalities in northern Kosovo.

EBRD cuts regional growth forecasts again but Central Asia still going strong

Clare Nuttall in Samarkand May 16, 2023

Inflation remains a drag on growth in Emerging Europe, along with sluggish growth in advanced economies and stricter financing conditions in Central Europe and the Baltic states.

Balkan region in shock after mass killings in Serbia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 7, 2023

Two separate incidents within days resulted in the deaths of 17 people, mostly children.

EU concerned about situation in Kosovo’s north after Vucic, Kurti meeting

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 3, 2023

Deal reached on missing persons but no apparent progress on return of Serb officials to Kosovan state institutions.

Kosovo and Serbia to work together on missing persons from 1998-99 war

bne IntelliNews May 2, 2023

Serbia President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovan Prime Minister Albin Kurti have committed to joint work to locate people who went missing during the 1998-99 war in Kosovo.

Southeast European economies expected to outperform the wider region

bne IntelliNews May 1, 2023

Albania, Kosovo and Romania stand out with strong projected growth in 2023-25, wiiw forecasts show.

MEPs say Serbia must align with EU sanctions against Moscow to progress on EU path

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 27, 2023

The European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted a report stating that negotiations on Serbia's membership in the EU can only continue if the country joins the sanctions imposed on Russia.

Emerging Europe on tentative recovery path from 2023

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2023

The Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe economies have largely digested the economic shock caused by the war in Ukraine and are heading for modest growth this year, says wiiw.

Job creation loses pace in the Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2023

Unemployment fell, but mainly as a result of the declining labour force and an increase in inactivity, World Bank report reveals.

Inflation in Western Balkans to remain elevated through 2023, World Bank says

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2023

Core inflation has increased in almost all Western Balkan countries since mid-2022 and price pressures remain broad-based.

Resilient Western Balkan economies now bigger than before pandemic

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2023

World Bank says reforms are needed to prepare the region for future shocks as growth is set to moderate this year.