BALKAN BLOG: Why is it so difficult to set an election date in North Macedonia?

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 26, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic postponed North Macedonia's general election, but now the situation is returning to normal, political parties cannot agree on an election date. With the parliament dismissed in February, the way out of the crisis is unclear.

Movie night at the airport

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2020

Central Europeans in need of a culture fix after weeks of lockdown can now watch films at a growing number of drive-ins and outdoor cinemas opened in car parks, airport aprons and other open spaces as restrictions are eased.

North Macedonia extends state of emergency for two weeks

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2020

Extending the state of emergency will give Skopje time to implement economic and social measures to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic.

North Macedonia ranks 2nd in Europe for quality of mobile services finds Germany’s Connect

bne IntelliNews May 14, 2020

Macedonians are extremely satisfied with the standard of telecoms services from the local operators and at the same time enjoy some of the highest quality services in Europe.

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.

BALKAN BLOG: Is Bulgaria the next serious hurdle on North Macedonia’s EU path?

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 12, 2020

The EU's conclusions on starting negotiations with candidate country North Macedonia include an appendix with long list of Bulgaria's demands including non-recognition of the Macedonian language.

Retail sales under lockdown across Central and Eastern Europe are sinking

bne IntelliNews May 12, 2020

A worldwide lockdown has created havoc for retailers as their customers are forced to stay at home. There has been a little respite as sales in March surged due to panic buying but that has given way to a lockdown that keeps stores closed

Southeast Europe looks to near abroad tourists to save 2020 summer season

bne IntelliNews May 11, 2020

Holidaymakers from nearby countries that have managed to get their coronavirus outbreaks under control could provide a lifeline to Adriatic and Black Sea tourist destinations.

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.