Belgrade and Pristina blame each other for explosions in northern Kosovo

bne IntelIiNews December 6, 2022

Several explosions and gunshots were reported in two municipalities in northern Kosovo.

EU leaders call for faster enlargement for Western Balkans to counter Russian influence

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2022

EU leaders sought to reassure the Western Balkans countries that their future is inside the bloc at Tirana summit.

EU to help Western Balkans curb illegal migration surge

bne IntelliNews December 5, 2022

Illegal movements along the Western Balkans routes have significantly increased in 2022.

Kosovans accuse FIFA of double standards after reports of death threats from Serbia fans

bne IntelliNews December 4, 2022

Amid heightened tensions between Serbia and Kosovo, the World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland — which has two key players of Kosovo Albanian origin — became highly politicised. 

Foreign investment has transformed Eastern Europe, says wiiw report

Robert Anderson in Prague December 2, 2022

Foreign investment will continue to have a vital role to play in the region’s development, particularly now that international companies are rethinking their supply chains.

FIFA to take action against Serbia over controversial political banner in World Cup locker room

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2022

Banner showing Kosovo as part of Serbia reignited tensions after a deal was struck to end rift over car number plates that risked starting new conflict.

European Parliament calls for ‘reenergised’ enlargement process – but only for countries that back Russia sanctions

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2022

MEPs want accession completed by 2030 and a majority vote to approve new members, but say accession talks with Serbia should be halted if it doesn’t align with EU on sanctions.

Serbia and Kosovo reach agreement to end number plate dispute

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 23, 2022

Deal to ease tense situation in northern Kosovo, after EU High Commissioner Josep Borrell warned earlier this month of risk of a new conflict.

Ukraine faces one of worst declines in GDP from a war, says EBRD

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

The contraction in Ukraine’s GDP will be among the worst 10-20% of those in conflicts in the last 200 years, the development bank predicts in its 2022/23 Transition Report.

EBRD warns of risk of 'zombification'

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

Development bank recommends countries should now gradually dial down help to vulnerable companies, so they can either learn to adapt to the new climate of higher interest rates or exit the market by going into insolvency.

Meeting of Serbia, Kosovo leaders ends without agreement

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 21, 2022

Fears of escalation in northern Kosovo after leaders fail to reach a deal on dispute over car number plates.

Six dead in widespread flooding across Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2022

Floods, caused by heavy rain over the weekend, caused chaos in affected areas, blocking roads and forcing the closure of schools and businesses.

EU foreign policy chief says Serbia and Kosovo are on the edge of conflict

Valentina Dimitrevska in Skopje November 15, 2022

EU High Commissioner Josep Borrell calls for efforts to resolve crisis after Serbs in northern Kosovo quit state institutions.

Kosovan opposition leader accuses PM Kurti of breaking relations with US

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 8, 2022

PM Albin Kurti rejected Washington's appeals to delay the re-registration of Serbian cars, which has led to mass protests and unrest in the Serb-dominated north.

Nato chief urges Serbia and Kosovo to avoid escalation

bne IntelliNews November 7, 2022

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg urged Serbia and Kosovo to refrain from any unilateral actions that would trigger an escalation of the situation in northern Kosovo.

Situation in northern Kosovo tense as Serbs abandon state institutions

Valentina Dimitrevska in Skopje November 6, 2022

Serbs formally resigned from state institutions en masse at a rally in Mitrovica North, in protest against Pristina’s insistence on enforcing new rules on car number plates.

EU announces €1bn in grants for Western Balkans, affirms support for enlargement

bne IntelliNews November 3, 2022

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and top EU officials stress commitment to bringing six Western Balkan countries into the EU.

Serbian army shoots down drone near Kopaonik

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2022

Unmarked drones were spotted over Serbian territory, entering from the direction of Kosovo.

BALKAN BLOG: Is a long-term deal in sight for Serbia and Kosovo?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 2, 2022

Yet another crisis has been temporarily averted in the long-unresolved standoff between Serbia and Kosovo, but can a new deal put forward by France and Germany lead to a permanent fix?

Kosovo delays new rules on car number plates under pressure from EU and US

bne IntelliNews October 29, 2022

Pristina’s requirement that Serbian license plates will have to be replaced with the RKS code angered Serbs in northern Kosovo.