EU ministers discuss multi-speed Europe to prepare for enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2023

To enable enlargement of the bloc from the current 27 members, changes to decision-making processes, agricultural policies and regional aid budgets are being considered.

EBRD projects slowdown in Central Europe, robust growth in Eurasia

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2023

High gas prices, China slowdown and shifts in industrial production contribute to slower growth in Central Europe.

EU fears "malign influence" in Montenegro from Russia, China and Serbia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 20, 2023

Report backed by MEPs says political instability has held up EU accession progress and created room for external actors to destabilise Montenegro.

European Commission president calls to ‘complete' the EU through enlargement

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2023

Ursula von der Leyen says “history is calling” to expand the EU, but reforms are needed.

Montenegrin police probe secret tunnel dug into court basement

bne IntelliNews September 12, 2023

Tunnel dug from nearby apartment leads into Higher Court basement used to store drugs and weapons seized as evidence.

Southeast Europe leaders pledge to speed up EU integration process

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 11, 2023

Leaders of Slovenia, Croatia and the six Western Balkans countries will commit to reforms to improve the prospects for the Western Balkan states to join the EU by 2030.

BALKAN BLOG: How realistic is a 2030 accession target?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 5, 2023

When European Council President Charles Michel said the EU and aspiring members should prepare for enlargement by 2030, the response from the Western Balkans was underwhelming.

European Council president says Western Balkans and EU should prepare for enlargement by 2030

Valentina Dimitirevska in Skopje August 29, 2023

Charles Michel says a clear goal must be set to enlarge the EU by the end of this decade.

Montenegro’s PES shoehorns together pro-EU and pro-Russian parties to form majority

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 25, 2023

Broad coalition contains pro-Russian ZBCG that in the past has blocked reforms to bring Montenegro closer to EU accession.

Serbian president seeks confirmation Ukraine won't recognise Kosovo at Zelenskiy meeting

bne IntelliNews August 22, 2023

Presidents affirm support for each other’s territorial integrity at informal Balkan summit despite Aleksandar Vucic’s refusal to sever ties with Russia.

Ukraine war erodes Russia’s economic clout in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews August 21, 2023

Russia still plays a spoiler role in Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia but its economic role is far outstripped by the EU's, says a new report from the Clingendael Institute.

Europe Now leader gets mandate to form new government in Montenegro

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 11, 2023

36-year-old economist Milojko Spajic has pledged to speed up Montenegro's EU accession process.

Fears Russian war in Ukraine to increase illicit financial flows in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2023

Porous borders and weak governance makes region a hotspot for illegal financial flows, warns Global Initiative report.

Almost half Western Balkan citizens consider emigrating as EU accession hopes fade

bne IntelliNews July 25, 2023

44% of respondents to Balkan Barometer survey consider living abroad, with the figure reaching 57% in Kosovo.

New initiative to tackle brain drain in Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska July 19, 2023

Fund to foster collaboration between vocational education and training institutions and companies across WB6 economies.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Ukraine awaits 'clear signal' of future Nato membership at Vilnius Summit

Robert Anderson in Prague July 10, 2023

Ukraine has proved in real time under real conditions that it is militarily ready for membership.

Emerging Europe's longest-lasting leaders

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 7, 2023

Some leaders of Emerging Europe and Central Asia led their countries for decades. bne IntelliNews ranks them by their time in power.

Nearshoring drives hike in demand for industrial space in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 7, 2023

Demand for industrial and logistics space is increasing in Southeast Europe, spurred on by the region’s growing importance as a nearshoring destination serving Western and Central Europe.

Balkans lift otherwise gloomy Emerging Europe outlook for 2023

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 6, 2023

wiiw forecasts economic slowdown caused by a combination of declining real incomes, the recession in Germany and elevated energy prices.

Montenegro indicts ex-ministers, state officials for abuse of office

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 5, 2023

Members of the former ruling DPS charged for the first time in scandal concerning loans issued to state officials to buy property.