Balkan route nations least tolerant of migration

bne IntelliNews September 24, 2020

Acceptance of migrants has declined globally, and the nations of the Western Balkans that bore the brunt of the 2015-2016 migration crisis are now the least tolerant in the world, a new Gallup poll shows.

BALKAN BLOG: Why politics must be tackled before the economy

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 21, 2020

There has already been follow-through on the US’ commitment to help finance infrastructure between Serbia and Kosovo, but the long-standing conflict can’t be solved by boosting economic ties.

Kosovan opposition MPs block adoption of economic recovery law

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 18, 2020

Head of Kosovo's Chamber of Commerce says "economic collapse is inevitable" without the law as businesses will be forced into bankruptcy without state support.

Trump gets second Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Serbia-Kosovo economic normalisation deal

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2020

Critics say nomination of US government makes a mockery of the peace prize.

The Balkans: External debts in uncertain times

Alexandru M. Tanase in London September 8, 2020

Are countries in the Balkan region taking on more debt than they can afford?

Serbia and Kosovo sign “historic” economic deal in Washington

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 4, 2020

Deal seen as a step towards full normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina comes with funding for billion euro road and rail projects.

BALKAN BLOG: Serbia and Kosovo under pressure to do a deal in Washington

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 3, 2020

Trailing his rival in the polls, US President Donald Trump would benefit from a foreign policy triumph. Can the Western Balkans deliver one?

Serbia, Kosovo officials gear up for Washington meeting

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 2, 2020

Belgrade and Pristina, which are engaged in the EU-mediated normalisation dialogue, were invited by the White House for a meeting that will be mainly focused on economic issues.

$0.5bn laundered through Albania’s real estate sector in 2019 as drug trade booms

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2020

The transit trade in drugs is estimated to be worth more $0.5bn a year in Albania — and a similar amount was laundered through the country’s real estate sector in 2019, says the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.