Illegal border crossings to EU via Western Balkans increase 60% in January-April

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2020

More migrants risked the Balkan route in January-March, but almost no illegal border crossings during coronavirus lockdowns in April, says Frontex.

Kosovo political crisis deepens as highest court suspends decree on new PM designate

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 3, 2020

MEPs urged Kosovo’s politicians not to use the global coronavirus pandemic for political maneuvering “that would damage the country, its reputation and the path to democracy and freedom.”

Western Balkans’ regional GDP to slump by as much as 5.6% this year

bne IntelliNews April 30, 2020

World Bank forecasts all six Western Balkan countries will experience negative growth this year as they grapple with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Slump in remittances to be twice as deep in CEE/Eurasia as during Great Recession

bne IntelliNews April 23, 2020

Global remittances are heading for the worst slump in recent history, with the steepest fall forecast for the Europe and Central Asia region, says a World Bank study.

Kosovo’s outgoing PM accuses US envoy of coup d’etat

bne IntelliNews April 20, 2020

Albin Kurti claims Richard Grenell — the diplomat dubbed “Trump’s favourite ambassador” — was directly involved in overthrowing his government to facilitate a deal with Serbia.