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.

EU ministers reach agreement to open accession talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 24, 2020

Decision "sends a loud and clear message to the Western Balkans: your future is in the EU,” said Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi.

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.

North Macedonia and Serbia to postpone general elections

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje and Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 17, 2020

April elections to be postponed as the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase in both countries.

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.

Retailers urge North Macedonia’s citizens not to stockpile amid coronavirus panic

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 15, 2020

Retail turnover has spiked as panicked shoppers empty supermarket shelves of cooking oil, flour, pasta and hygienic products, but other sectors are suffering and Skopje resembles a ghost town by night.

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.