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.

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Kosovo has the world's fifth largest lignite reserves of up to 14bn tonnes, but its thermal power plants are outdated and constantly need repairing.

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.

Serbian minister visits Moscow amid unresolved dispute with Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 23, 2022

Pro-Russian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin meets top Russian officials on visit to Moscow as Serbia continues to defy EU pressure to join sanctions against Russia.

US, EU officials launch diplomatic offensive after failed Serbia-Kosovo meeting in Brussels

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 22, 2022

EU High Representative Josep Borrell says both sides need to avoid escalation on the ground after Pristina's new rules on ID documents and car number plates raised tensions.

Vucic-Kurti meeting ends without agreement, but talks continue

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 18, 2022

EU officials pushing for a quick solution to avoid another conflict in the region following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

bneGREEN: Cleaning up the Western Balkans’ waste problem

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 17, 2022

Waste generation has increased sharply in recent decades, but waste management infrastructure has in general failed to keep up.

Albania steps in to help Kosovo avoid electricity rationing

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 15, 2022

Kosovo's energy companies had planned restrictions on power use as the coal-dependent country faces a crisis in the energy sector.

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe’s ties to Russia prove hard to sever

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 10, 2022

Bulgaria shifts back towards Russian orbit after reformist government toppled. Montenegro could be next.

Kosovo’s PM Kurti says risk of new conflict with Serbia is high

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 9, 2022

Albin Kurti claims Russia contributed to recent standoff between Kosovo and Serbia, and fears new wars could break out in Moldova and the Western Balkans.

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo to meet as they pull back from brink of conflict

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 7, 2022

Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo’s Albin Kurti to meet after Pristina’s decision not to recognise Serbian ID documents escalated tensions.

FDI in CEE: It’s about Russia, inflation and populism

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 18, 2022

After February 24, when the first Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, looking at a map of Europe is no longer what it used to be.

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Brussels needs to jump-start the Western Balkan accession process

Gunter Deuber in Vienna, Fjorent Rrushi in Tirana, Ivona Zametica in Sarajevo July 13, 2022

Only when the Western Balkans is integrated into the EU, and the EU reforms itself, can Brussels really turn its attention to Ukraine or other potential accession candidates.

Tougher times ahead for Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 7, 2022

With no end to the Ukraine war in sight, spiralling inflation is set to drag down growth across Emerging Europe in the second half of 2022 and into 2023, wiiw’s latest forecasts say.

MEPs call on Bosnia and Serbia to step up over Russia sanctions

bne IntelliNews July 7, 2022

Serbia has so far refused to join sanctions on Russia, while adoption of sanctions in Bosnia is blocked by the Bosnian Serb member of the presidency, Mlorad Dodik.