The EU’s slow and sometimes confusing response to the coronacrisis in the Western Balkans made room for China to increase its influence.
Tour of the region is also aimed at supporting the Western Balkans countries’ EU integration processes.
Acquisition of Novi Sad-based PIN Computers to help ALSO's expansion in Eastern Europe.
The Western Balkans countries can expect only moderate growth between 2021 and 2023 as the damage caused by coronavirus pandemic will continue to depress investments and employment, a World Bank report warned.
OSCE report identifies border hotspots across the region where rising temperatures and more extreme weather events risk adding to border tensions.
Officials say previous governments gave out apartments and loans to magistrates and political figures at a total cost of around €25mn.
Montenegro's biggest creditor is China’s Exim Bank, which lent the country most of the funds for the Smokovac-Matesevo highway.
Podgorica asked the EU to help it repay a loan to China’s Exim Bank taken out to pay for the construction of the first priority stretch of the Bar-Boljare motorway.
Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.
But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.
Populist premier, who will take over EU rotating presidency in July, is accused of proposing "final disintegration of former Yugoslavia".
PM Zdravko Krivokapic blamed former President Milo Djukanovic's party for the incident involving a group of people who were travelling to the capital Podgorica to join a protest against the government.
PM Zdravko Krivokapic caught between need to prove his government’s pro-EU orientation and the hardline Democratic Front that appointed Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavic.
A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.
After months of delays, all of the Western Balkans countries have embarked on the vaccination of their populations against coronavirus.
Montenegro, one of the worst hit emerging Europe countries by the coronacrisis, has a heavy debt burden from the Bar-Boljare motorway.
At least four corruption probes involving the president are on chief special prosecutor Milivoje Katnic's desk, claimed Deputy PM Dritan Abazovic.
Protesters express anger against tighter restrictions and vaccinations as well as a broad range of local issues in Southeast European cities.
Despite numerous challenges, there are a growing number of successful e-commerce platforms in the Western Balkans region.
The moderate GDP setbacks in 2020 imply that for some CEE countries there will not be such drastic recovery and rebound effects in 2021 as in hard-hit countries in Western Europe.