Tensions rise in Montenegro over planned agreement with Serbian Orthodox Church

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 3, 2022

Agreement is intended to ease relations with the Serbian Orthodox Church, but sparked protest in Podgorica.

Serbia's population continues to decline

bne IntelliNews July 2, 2022

The population in Serbia continuously decreased in 2002-2021, with the most pronounced decrease seen in southern and eastern Serbia.

Serbians turn against EU accession, pick Putin as favourite world leader

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2022

Poll shows 51% of Serbs would vote against joining the EU, while overwhelming 80% are against joining sanctions on Russia.

Belgrade accuses Kosovo of ‘threatening war’ with new entry rules for Serbs

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2022

PM Albin Kurti announces controversial new rules for crossing the border into Kosovo with Serbian ID cards and licence plates.

IMF says war in Ukraine, inflation and energy crisis pose challenges to Serbia’s economy

bne IntelliNews June 27, 2022

Serbia demonstrated resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic but the IMF has now cut its GDP growth forecast to 3.5% for 2022.

bneGREEN: Reducing investment in fossil fuels can fund Europe’s energy transition

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 24, 2022

Europe’s electricity system could become greener, more secure and more resilient while not requiring any funding if the right investments are made to replace increasingly expensive fossil fuels.

Albania and North Macedonia remain stuck in EU accession process

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 23, 2022

Longtime candidate countries North Macedonia and Albania are still unable to begin accession talks because of a Bulgarian veto, while Montenegro and Serbia are no closer to joining, and Bosnia-Herzegovina has not yet been granted candidate status.

Leaders of Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia to attend EU summit after dropping boycott plans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 22, 2022

Aleksandar Vucic, Edi Rama and Dimitar Kovacevski will travel to Brussels for EU Council to show their commitment to joining the EU despite frustration with stalled accession process.

Investments into Serbian startups soared more than 600% in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 22, 2022

Serbian startups attracted over $135mn of investments in 2021 – more than six times as much as in the previous year.

Serbia to produce enough wheat to feed the Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews June 20, 2022

Amid high demand and fears of shortages, agriculture minister says Serbia will produce 3mn tonnes of wheat this summer.

COMMENT: Towards sustainable, safe and smart roads in the Western Balkans

Matteo Rivellini of EIB Global June 17, 2022

The lack of adequate road infrastructure, as well as road maintenance, has been a persistent impediment to growth in the Western Balkans, but infrastructure bottlenecks are now being addressed.

High-ranking politicians from Serbia and Bosnia attend ‘Russia’s Davos’ shunned by West

bne IntelliNews June 17, 2022

While most European leaders stayed away from the SPIEF 2022 forum after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Bosnian President Milorad Dodik was there and made a rousing defence of Putin.

Macron wants ‘accelerated co-operation’ for Moldova as details of EU ‘political community’ proposal leak

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

On Ukraine's border and with part of its territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists, Moldova is hoping for a positive answer to its application for EU candidate status.

Wargaming opens studios in Belgrade and Warsaw after pulling out of Russia and Belarus

bne IntelliNews June 15, 2022

Wargaming closed its studios in Russia and Belarus following the military invasion of Ukraine, and is now adding new studios in Central and Southeast Europe.

MEPs urge EU member states to recognise Kosovo

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 14, 2022

Five EU countries do not recognise Kosovo as an independent state, stymieing its hopes of joining the bloc.

Serbia to deploy drones to follow high-speed trains after stonings

bne IntelliNews June 14, 2022

Minister threatens vandals with eight-year prison sentence and plans to send drones to track high-speed trains on the Belgrade-Novi Sad line.

BALKAN BLOG: How to keep the EU accession dream alive

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 13, 2022

With accession bogged down in political disputes, alternatives to the current EU enlargement process are being considered.

Vucic resists pressure from Scholz to join Russia sanctions at tense press conference

bne IntelliNews June 11, 2022

Serbian president restates Belgrade's position that it will not join western sanctions on Russia despite appeals from German chancellor to fall into line with EU policy.

Mystery aircraft crosses four Southeast European states

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 9, 2022

Unidentified aircraft ignored radio contact on route across Hungary, Romania and Serbia before landing in Bulgaria, where an investigation is underway.

Bosnia and Montenegro attend Open Balkan summit but Kosovo shuns event

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 8, 2022

North Macedonia's PM Dimitar Kovacevski says doors to Open Balkan, founded to improve regional economic co-operation, "remain open" to all Western Balkan states.