COMMENT: Towards sustainable, safe and smart roads in the Western Balkans

Matteo Rivellini of EIB Global June 17, 2022

The lack of adequate road infrastructure, as well as road maintenance, has been a persistent impediment to growth in the Western Balkans, but infrastructure bottlenecks are now being addressed.

Prime minsters of Albania and Montenegro visit Kyiv in show of support

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

With a critical EU Council meeting coming up next week, much of the discussion centred on the three countries’ prospects for EU accession.

Macron wants ‘accelerated co-operation’ for Moldova as details of EU ‘political community’ proposal leak

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

On Ukraine's border and with part of its territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists, Moldova is hoping for a positive answer to its application for EU candidate status.

bneGREEN: Albania to create Vjosa national park, blocking hydropower development

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2022

The Vjosa is one of the last wild rivers in Europe and environmental groups have been campaigning to have it made a national park to prevent it being exploited for hydropower.

BALKAN BLOG: How to keep the EU accession dream alive

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 13, 2022

With accession bogged down in political disputes, alternatives to the current EU enlargement process are being considered.

Bosnia and Montenegro attend Open Balkan summit but Kosovo shuns event

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 8, 2022

North Macedonia's PM Dimitar Kovacevski says doors to Open Balkan, founded to improve regional economic co-operation, "remain open" to all Western Balkan states.

Albania’s first major 2022 wildfire rages for days on Sazan Island

bne IntelliNews June 7, 2022

Fire ravages wildlife and threatens Cold War-era munitions on island, as defence minister warns of more emergencies ahead this summer.

CONFERENCE CALL: Globsec basks in Putin's humiliation

Robert Anderson in Prague June 6, 2022

In contrast to previous conferences of the Bratislava-based security think-tank, there was a feeling that the West is no longer on the back foot and that now is the time to press home its advantage.

Albania’s chief of defence set to become next president

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2022

Ruling Socialists prepare to elect their pick for president, Major General Bajram Begaj, with opposition MPs threatening a boycott.

OBITUARY: Former Albanian president Bujar Nishani dies at 55

bne IntelliNews May 28, 2022

Nishani is Albania’s first post-communist president to pass away, following serious health problems

EU’s credibility on the line over enlargement

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 26, 2022

Austria’s foreign minister calls enlargement the EU’s biggest geopolitical instrument – but will member states use it to encourage candidates and would-be candidates at the upcoming EU Council?

Fall in hydropower production puts Albania’s finances under pressure

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2022

Albania’s electricity generation fell in Q1, forcing the country to increase imports more than sevenfold at a time when prices are soaring.

IMF says rising prices to slow Albania’s growth to 3% in 2022

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2022

Growth will be driven by tourism and construction, but slowed by sharply rising prices – inflation has already exceeded the central bank’s 3% target.

Sali Berisha returns as leader of Albania’s opposition Democrats

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2022

Controversial former president sanctioned by the US for corruption returns as opposition leader as Albanian parliament prepares to elect new president.

Macron urges Sofia and Skopje to solve their dispute amid tensions in Europe

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 19, 2022

Pressure on Sofia to lift its veto and allow North Macedonia to start EU accession talks has increased since Russia's invasion of Ukraine raised fears of destabilisation in the Western Balkans.

Albania’s notorious ‘TikTok judge’ sacked

bne IntelliNews May 19, 2022

A media storm erupted in Albania when videos on Tik Tok showed Enkelejda Kapedani posing in designer clothes in her office and driving a BMW.

Borrell says EU should step up engagement in Western Balkans to counter Russia threat

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2022

EU high commissioner warns decision of most candidate countries to align to the EU sanction policy exposes them to threats from Russia.