International banking groups mull expansion in CEE region

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2023

Half of the cross-border banking groups active in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe say they want to “selectively expand” in the region, shows the latest EIB survey.

Western brands’ adverts fund Russian disinformation in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2023

Disinformation poses threats to stability and democracy and contributes to tensions and violence in the multi-ethnic communities of Bosnia and Kosovo, says report by Balkan Free Media Initiative and CRTA.

COP28: Greenpeace asks if nine European oil and gas majors are “getting away with murder”

bne IntelIiNews December 5, 2023

Releases study showing 360,000 people could die prematurely before the end of the century because of global heating caused by companies’ 2022 greenhouse gas emissions alone.

Experts argue EU’s New Growth Plan is too small to make a difference

bne IntelliNews December 4, 2023

Proposed plan for Western Balkans involves integration into the EU single market, with a €6bn financial package.

INTERVIEW: Media expert says ‘no limits’ to aggressive Serbian pro-government media

Albin Sybera in Ljubljana November 30, 2023

Tabloids target government’s opponents with furious criticism and obscenity-filled headlines ahead of December general election.

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov lashes out at West at OSCE meeting in Skopje

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 30, 2023

North Macedonia's decision to open airspace to allow Lavrov to attend sparked a boycott by Ukraine, Poland and the Baltic states.

Police disperse violent protest in Pristina against Kosovo war crime court

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 30, 2023

Members of Kosovo’s leftist Social Democratic Party clashed with police outside Sirius hotel in Pristina where the president of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers was meeting with NGO representatives.

COP28: The EU's climate goals and the Western Balkans challenge

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 29, 2023

Where does the EU’s hopes for a deal to phase out fossil fuels leave coal-dependent aspiring members from the Western Balkans?

OPINION: Music still connects a divided region

Ana Simic in Wiesbaden November 29, 2023

Over 70,000 people attended Dino Merlin concerts in Belgrade despite negative campaign on pro-Kremlin platforms.

Serbian pro-democracy activists targeted with spyware ahead of election

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2023

Activists were openly critical of Serbia’s government, which NGOs say has a track record of deploying spyware and other digital surveillance tools.

COP28: Western Balkan countries need better strategies to phase out coal, says CAN Europe

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2023

Reliance on outdated and inefficient coal-fired power plants in Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia complicates the transition to renewable energy.

British troops from KFOR in Kosovo patrol Serbian border amid high tensions

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 26, 2023

Nato has increased its military contingent in Kosovo after recent violent incidents.

Failure to deal with causes of 1990s wars threatens peace in ex-Yugoslavia, says Council of Europe

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2023

New report warns rise of right wing extreme nationalist groups are a "serious risk factor" in the region and undermine efforts to preserve peace.

CEE Bankwatch slams new wave of Balkan gas projects

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2023

NGO urges development partners to stop funding fossil fuel projects in the region and focus only on renewables.

Illegal caviar trade flourishing in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews November 23, 2023

Around half of the commercially available caviar products in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine are illegal, according to a new study.

EBRD survey reveals surprising surge in life satisfaction in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 23, 2023

In the last seven years, Emerging Europe has grappled with pandemic, war and a cost of living crisis. So why did people get happier?

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

Nato considers permanent increase in military presence in Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 20, 2023

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says bolstering military contingent would lower the risk of a new violent conflict in Kosovo or the wider region.

Serbia-Kosovo talks in Brussels yield limited progress

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 17, 2023

Serbian and Kosovan negotiators' separate meetings with EU special envoy Miroslav Lajcak revealed a continued impasse in key areas.

Zelenskiy warns Russia planning to destabilise Balkans and Moldova

bne IntelliNews November 16, 2023

Ukrainian president says Russia likely orchestrated Middle East crisis and warns Balkans may be next.