Kosovo

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe heatwave a sign of climate change to come

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2021

Southeast Europe is suffering under a heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring to 40°C or higher.

Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia to launch borderless travel zone by 2023

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 29, 2021

Three countries founded the ‘mini-Schengen’ initiative to improve economic and regional cooperation in the Western Balkans after EU enlargement to the region stalled.

Kosovo expects GDP growth to exceed projected 7.9% this year

bne IntelliNews July 26, 2021

Economy minister says growth could be as high as 10% this year, but analysts warn this can only be achieved with major investments.

Surge in arrivals from Kosovo pushes Albanian tourist arrivals to pre-pandemic level

bne IntelliNews July 25, 2021

Arrivals from neighbouring countries shot up when Albania eased restrictions.

Looming new coronavirus wave prompts vaccination push in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2021

With the delta variant starting to spread in Southeast Europe, officials are warning of a new wave of the pandemic that may put pressure on hospitals as early as August or September.

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo blame each other for failed talks in Brussels

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 19, 2021

No progress on normalisation of relations at second meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

Kosovo’s annual inflation speeds up to 2.4% y/y in June

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2021

Kosovo's inflation has been speeding up gradually every month since it turned positive in February.

Western Balkans scrap roaming tariffs

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Politicians say lifting of roaming tariffs is just the first step as cooperation efforts deliver financial benefits for citizens of the EU-aspiring region.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Scaling back the state

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

The coronacrisis saw the role of the state increase, but post-crisis efforts towards privatisation and a stepping back of the state from the economy are expected.

Under half of emerging Europe economies to achieve full recovery in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

EBRD says recovery from the coronacrisis is progressing faster than expected, but many emerging Europe economies won’t return to 2019 levels of GDP until 2022.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: ‘Yugo-nostalgia’ fading but not gone

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 28, 2021

Since Yugoslavia started to disintegrate, a whole generation has grown up but there are still some in the region who look back nostalgically.

Overwhelming majority in Western Balkans support regional co-operation

bne IntelliNews June 28, 2021

Latest Balkan Barometer shows 77% want regional -, and most value relations with the EU above those with China, Russia or Turkey.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Historical conflicts hold region’s EU future to ransom

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2021

North Macedonia not expected to get green light for start of accession negotiations at this week’s EU Council meeting, while Bosnia and Kosovo have yet to achieve candidate status.

IMF says Kosovo’s GDP growth depends on vaccine rollout and diaspora travel

bne IntelliNews June 20, 2021

IMF expects growth in 5-6% range in 2021, but warns growth prospects are "uncertain".

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo fail to make progress in normalisation dialogue

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 15, 2021

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic says there was nothing the two sides could agree on at meeting with Kosovan PM Albin Kurti.

International banking groups look to expand in Central and Southeast Europe despite pandemic

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 14, 2021

International banking groups remain committed to the region, with their strategies tilted towards expansion or stability despite the coronavirus pandemic, EIB survey shows.

Rethink of global supply chains creates opportunity for Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 13, 2021

Region is ideally positioned as a nearshoring destination for West European companies but reforms are needed if it is to attract potentially billions of euros in foreign direct investment.

European commissioner confirms €30bn EU investment plan for Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews June 11, 2021

Plan will only be effective if region works together Oliver Varhelyi tells summit marred by verbal clash between prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo.

US to impose sanctions against individuals who destabilise Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews June 9, 2021

Executive order signed by US President Joe Biden shows Washington's increased engagement and no tolerance for corruption in the Western Balkans.

Kosovo’s PPI inflation speeds up to 2% y/y in 1Q21

bne IntelliNews June 6, 2021

After falling for most of 2020, PPI inflation returned to the level last seen in the first quarter of 2019.

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