Serbian President Vucic reins in Dodik to calm situation in Bosnia

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo October 25, 2021

Meeting between Bosnian Serb leader and Serbian president held after rising tensions in Bosnia following Milorad Dodik's announcement that Serbs would withdraw from joint state-level institutions.

Balkan Stream countries hope to avoid worst of international gas crisis

Clare Nuttall in Zagreb October 21, 2021

While the debate rages over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a separate pipeline system carrying Russian gas to Southeast Europe has been quietly opened over the last few years, which enables the countries on its route to avoid the worst of the gas crisis

wiiw hikes 2021 CEE growth forecast to 5.4%

Robert Anderson in Prague October 21, 2021

Growth is predicted to fall to 3.7% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 because of base effects, monetary tightening and more significant external headwinds.

Kosovan police clash with Serbs in Mitrovica in anti-smuggling operation

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 13, 2021

Police and smugglers injured in shootout as officers seize smuggled goods worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

Annual inflation in Serbia up sharply to 5.7% in September

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2021

Central bank says rising inflation mostly caused by factors beyond the influence of its monetary policy, namely rising international food and energy prices.

Serbian central bank reports new record for FX reserves

bne IntelliNews October 11, 2021

Serbia issued its debut sovereign green eurobond as well as its longest-tenor traditional eurobond in September.

Kosovo raises tensions again with new anti-dumping measures on Serbia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 10, 2021

Measures on some products imported from Serbia imposed shortly after Belgrade and Pristina reached a temporary agreement to ease the crisis sparked by new rules for car number plates.

Von der Leyen says EU has to deliver on enlargement

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 6, 2021

EU leaders reaffirmed their support for enlargement at summit in Slovenia, but they did not set any firm timeline.

Western Balkans falling further behind eastern EU members

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 6, 2021

Neither regional integration nor closer ties with EU have led to increased trade, investment or overall prosperity in the region, says a new report from wiiw and Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Threat of new EU travel restrictions looms ahead of Western Balkan summit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow, Ben Aris in Berlin October 5, 2021

Ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit on October 6, a leaked EU document revealed that several EU member states are seeking to restrict visa-free travel for some nationals from the region as well as other East European countries.

Serbia joins Clearstream, opening up domestic securities market to foreign investors

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo October 5, 2021

Clearstream included the Serbian capital market in its global network, enabling foreign investors to directly settle dinar-denominated government bonds.

BALKAN BLOG: Elusive enlargement and a reignited conflict

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 4, 2021

Despite the positive words from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, it was clear that the accession of counties from the region to the EU remains elusive and has no clear timescale.

Serbia and Kosovo strike temporary deal

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 30, 2021

Standoff to end in northern Kosovo after officials reach agreement ending crisis sparked by Kosovo's new rules for car number plates.

EU and US officials try to defuse Kosovo-Serbia tensions

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 29, 2021

Representatives of both sides in Brussels for talks after Pristina's decision to make Serbian drivers to replace their plates with temporary ones to enter Kosovo elevated tensions in northern Kosovo.

COMMENT: New skirmish between Serbia and Kosovo threatens the future of dialogue

Alex Young in Belgrade September 29, 2021

Without a comprehensive normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo, tensions will continue to fester and the daily lives of Kosovo’s Serbs and Albanians alike will be sorely affected.

Croatia reports dozens of state-sponsored cyber attacks in 2020

bne IntelliNews September 27, 2021

Most attacks were attempts to break into the information and communication systems of the foreign and European affairs ministry and the defence ministry.

Nato troops step up presence on Kosovo-Serbian border

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 27, 2021

Tensions have reached a 10-year high since new rules set by Pristina forced Serbian drivers to change their number plates to enter Kosovo.

bneGREEN: Western Balkans power plants in doubt after China to drop overseas coal projects

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 23, 2021

What Chinese President Xi Jinping’s commitment not to back new coal-fired power plants abroad means for Bosnia and Serbia’s plans to invest into more coal power capacity.

New law to allow mass biometric surveillance of Serbian population

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo September 22, 2021

Hundreds of surveillance cameras installed in Belgrade to be activated for biometric surveillance if new legislation is approved, warns NGO the SHARE Foundation.

Tension in Kosovo escalates following car plates tit-for-tat measure against Serbia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 20, 2021

Protests erupt after drivers from Serbia are forced to replace their license plates with temporary ones to enter Kosovo.