Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia agree to set up common market

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 10, 2019

Eliminating obstacles to the free movement of people, goods, services and capital will facilitate trade and investment in the Western Balkans — but the primary goal of all three countries is EU accession.

EBRD: Pace of emerging Europe economic growth slows as global outlook weakens

EBRD in London November 6, 2019

The pace of growth in the EBRD’s emerging economies is slowing on the back of a weaker global economic outlook, and pressure from slower growth in the Eurozone and China, US/Chinese trade tensions and a contraction in world automobile production, acc

Skopje to invest in hydrogen-powered trackless trams in bid to fight air pollution

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 3, 2019

One of the most polluted cities in Europe, North Macedonia’s capital is turning to the cutting edge public transport system pioneered in China, Qatar and Australia.

BALKAN BLOG: EU knockback for Albania and North Macedonia has deep negative repercussions at home

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 23, 2019

North Macedonia has called a snap election and the opposition are piling pressure on Albanian PM Edi Rama after France blocked the launch of accession talks at the latest EU Council.

North Macedonia to hold snap general election on April 12

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 20, 2019

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had staked his political career on Skopje securing a date for the start of accession talks at the October EU summit, but France held out against further enlargement of the bloc.

France blocks launch of EU membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 19, 2019

Fears among EU officials postponing the decision on membership talks yet again will increase Russian, Turkish and Chinese influence in the fragile Western Balkans region.