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22 Apr 15

EU Hails Balkan Transport Network Deal

Leaders of six Western Balkans countries meeting on Tuesday in Brussels agreed on plans for a regional transport network, to which the EU has pledged 130 million euros.

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14 Apr 15

Kosovo Signs French Deal for Brezovica Ski Resort

Kosovo signed a 409 million euro investment deal with a French consortium for its largest ski centre amid worries in the Serb community that local workers will be pushed out.

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13 Apr 15

Graft and Grey Economy Hindering Balkan Business, EBRD

A new survey from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, EBRD, shows that corruption, competition with the informal sector, complex taxes and lack of access to bank loans are the chief complaints of business leaders in the Balkans.

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11 Mar 15

Balkan Economies Falling Behind, IMF Warns

The Western Balkan are lagging behind other former Communist transitional countries and need to complete the transformation process that began two decades ago, an IMF report says.  

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20 Feb 15

Austria to Fly Back Illegal Kosovo Migrants

The Austrian Interior Minister in Pristina on Friday said the country will return migrants by plane every two weeks and that asylum requests will be expedited.

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11 Feb 15

Kosovo Minister Laments Decline in FDI

Trade minister says foreign investment in Kosovo continues to drop, blaming unfavourable conditions for foreign businesses. 

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14 Jan 15

World Bank Revises Croatia's GDP Growth Down

In more bad news for the struggling centre-left government, the World Bank has altered its earlier forecast of Croatia’s GDP growth in 2015, cutting it from 1.2 to 0.5 per cent.

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12 Jan 15

Kosovo Students Protest Electricity Price Hikes

Students were joined by other Pristina residents at a protest against electricity price hikes in recent months which have hit those least able to pay.

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26 Dec 14

Joint Albania-Kosovo Power Market Worries Think Tank

A report by Kosovo’s GAP institute says that while the creation of a common energy market between Kosovo and Albania would lower costs, it must not lead to the building of more high-polluting coal power stations in Kosovo.

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22 Dec 14

Kosovo Power Plant Tender Comes Under Fire

A Kosovo NGO said that a tender process for the construction of a new power plant had violated procurement legislation because only one company made a bid.

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18 Dec 14

Raiffeisen Gloomy About Croatia, Serbia Economies

Regional analysis conducted by Raiffeisen bank says the economies of Serbia and Croatia saw no growth in 2014 and will not do much better in 2015 - while the outlook for other countries is somewhat brighter.

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26 Nov 14

Macedonia Rebuffs Kosovo Over Flight Subsidies

Macedonia said that it will not stop subsidising low-cost passenger flights that boost its air traffic despite a complaint from neighbouring Kosovo.

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04 Nov 14

Kosovo Facing New Energy Crisis Over Winter

Kosovo faces another difficult winter for energy following the June blast in a worn-out power plant, the power supply company, KEDS, has warned.

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31 Oct 14

Kosovo Faces Budget Crisis Over Political Logjam

While Kosovo remains stuck in political deadlock, economists warn that the failure to form a government that can approve the budget risks pushing Kosovo into a fiscal limbo.

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29 Oct 14

Balkans Do Better in 'Doing Business' Report

Most Balkan states have improved their positions in the World Bank's latest “Doing Business” report - some much more than others.

Culture and Lifestyle

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29 Apr 15

Kosovo Singer Gives Old Albanian Sounds New Twist

Rona Nishliu, the singer who represented Albania in the 2012 Eurovision, is returning with a new album of old Albanian songs rearranged to suit her jazz rhythms.

Politics and Society

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22 May 15

Serbian PM Cool on President's Kosovo 'Platform'

Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic queried the practicality of President Tomislav Nikolic’s new 'platform' on Kosovo, which experts say would complicate Serbia’s path to EU membership.