Alaco Dispatches: Western Balkans’ Labour Pains

Yigal Chazan of Alaco August 6, 2020

Foreign investment in the more productive sectors of the west Balkan's economy may be put at risk by skills shortages driven by high levels of migration.

BALKAN BLOG: Opportunities from supply chain rethink — but can Southeast Europe take advantage?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 3, 2020

The move towards localisation — or at least regionalisation — of supply chains has accelerated.

North Macedonia’s old government partners set to renew coalition after snap elections

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 29, 2020

SDSM and DUI reportedly reached framework agreement for new government that could include rotating prime minister position.

Russia denies interfering in North Macedonia’s July 15 general election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 26, 2020

Election marred by hacker attacks and leaked recordings of conversations among top politicians. Foreign ministry spokesperson says speculation about Russian influence are “absurd” and accuses West of hypocrisy.

Kosovo Telecom workers stage protest over bankruptcy fears

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 23, 2020

Telco's accounts frozen after a Pristina court's decision to allow a private enforcement agency to recoup millions of euros in compensation to local virtual mobile operator Z-Mobile.

BALKAN BLOG: Albania’s ailing tourism sector weeps for guests

Valentina Dimitrievska in Shengjin July 22, 2020

Day trippers from neighbouring Kosovo and North Macedonia are visiting Albania’s Adriatic coast despite the pandemic, but most stay away from hotels and restaurants.

Kosovan president claims he is innocent after questioning in The Hague war crimes court

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2020

The Hague-based Specialist Prosecutor’s Office indicted Thaci and other politicians for crimes against humanity and war crimes during and after the 1998-1999 independence war.

Spotify to enter Russia, other emerging Europe markets in new expansion drive

bne IntelliNews July 15, 2020

In Russia, the move by Spotify will put pressure on local internet majors Yandex and Mail.ru Group that also offer music streaming services.

Kosovo tightens measures following spike in coronavirus cases

bne IntelliNews July 12, 2020

PM Avdullah Hoti announces ban on religious events and public gatherings, strict new hygiene rules for businesses and a media campaign targeting those who believe the virus is a hoax.