North Macedonia

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe’s young reformers burn bright but fade fast

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 27, 2023

Will Montenegro's incoming PES-led government have more staying power than those led by other young EU-oriented reformers in Southeast Europe?

Serbia’s Ananas e-commerce platform launches in North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 24, 2023, a pioneer in the Serbian e-commerce arena, has embarked on its regional expansion, with the debut of as the initial step.

EU unveils growth plan for Western Balkans, offers financial stimulus for reforms

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2023

Commission puts forward investment package totalling €6mn, comprising €2bn in grants and €4bn in loans.

Low prices make Southeast Europe top destination for digital nomads

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 13, 2023

Skopje named top European city for digital nomads, while fellow Southeast European capitals dominate top of ranking.

Emerging Europe faces a new low growth and high inflation equilibrium, says wiiw

Robert Anderson in Prague October 12, 2023

The wiiw has cut its growth forecasts for Central Europe, while raising them for the Western Balkans, Turkey, Ukraine and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Reconfiguring Chinese economic strategies in CESEE

Marcus How of VE Insight in Vienna October 5, 2023

Chinese FDI is not likely to recover to its previous levels in CESEE, yet that masks the niche profile that Beijing is carving out for itself in the region.

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.

North Macedonia’s PPI down by annual 2.1% in August

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2023

PPI declined in annual terms for the second month in a row after more than a year of increases.

Europe’s toxic air – “severe public health crisis”

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 27, 2023

Europe faces a “severe public health crisis” with dangerous levels of pollution across the continent, according to an investigation by the Guardian newspaper.

North Macedonia announces debut green bond issue

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 27, 2023

Money raised to be used by Energy Efficiency Fund to finance projects focused on environmental protection.

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.

Integrating LGBTI citizens could add $360mn to economies of Serbia and North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 26, 2023

World Bank study shows lost potential in Western Balkan countries from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Greek agriculture devastated for five or more years

by Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles September 25, 2023

Storm Daniel wiped out a quarter of Greece’s annual farming production, as a result of deadly flash flooding that submerged fields and drowned livestock.

North Macedonia’s government accused of secret talks with fugitive opposition politician to squeeze through constitutional changes

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 21, 2023

VMRO-DPMNE leader claims government officials in contact with party’s disgraced ex-head Nikola Gruevski in an attempt to split the opposition and pass changes needed to unblock EU talks.

North Macedonia to build one of world's tallest dams

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 21, 2023

Greek concessionaire picked for €1bn Cebren HPP project, first planned back in 1964.

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.

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.

Skopje protests erupt over cancer drug scandal

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 4, 2023

Reports cancer patients at Skopje clinic were given diluted cytostatics while expensive medicines were diverted to the black market.