Kosovo

Four bidders expected for Kosovo’s Ipko

bne IntelliNews July 14, 2019

The planned sale of Telekom Slovenije’s Kosovan subsidiary Ipko is the latest move towards consolidation in the Balkan telecoms sector, Fitch Solutions writes.

OPINION: Kosovo must not condone “murder by media” of powerful women

Anne Jolis and Hugo Stride July 12, 2019

In Europe’s youngest country, media freedom is flourishing — yet a controversial story published by a leading broadsheet has turned the spotlight on the serious risks to press freedom and gender equality that remain.

BALKAN BLOG: Balkan divisions on display at bad-tempered Sarajevo summit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 10, 2019

The brawl at Sarajevo airport between Bosnian border guards and Turkish President Erdogan’s security was the only time things turned physical, but it came on top of a whole series of acrimonious verbal clashes between Southeast European politicians.

EU takes measures to strengthen links with Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitriveska in Skopje July 5, 2019

€180mn of funding proposed at Poznan summit, shortly after the European Council deferred its decision on the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

Kosovo threatens new measures against CEFTA members if trade barriers are not removed

bne IntelliNews June 27, 2019

Threat of wider Balkan trade war as trade minister says reciprocal measure will be taken against CEFTA states that impose barriers against Kosovan imports.

Serbia/Kosovo summit cancelled

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 23, 2019

Kosovan president blames "hasty, uncoordinated and wrongful decisions" by officials in Pristina, which he says have damaged the country's standing with its international partners.

Subsidies for coal power three times higher than for renewables in Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 23, 2019

Three Western Balkan states paid €444mn in direct subsidies to coal-fired plants and just €147mn for the production of energy from renewable sources in 2015-2017, a report from the Energy Community showed.

IMF warns that Kosovo's 100% import tariffs backfired on local population

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 20, 2019

Tariffs intended to punish Serbia and Bosnia have increased prices of food and other consumer goods on the domestic market, impacting lower income households.

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