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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.

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24 Oct 14

Kosovo Private Sector Workers Suffering, Union Says

While unemployment has dropped in Kosovo in recent years, many wwho have accepted jobs in the private sector face appalling conditions, a union leader says.

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29 Sep 14

Balkan States to Cut Mobile Roaming Charges

Following the EU's example, regulators in four Balkan countries have finally agreed to reduce mobile phone roaming charges, which are much higher than in western Europe.

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09 Sep 14

Kosovo Loses Hope of Getting Adriatic Sea Port

The government in Tirana said that an Albanian port on the Adriatic Sea which had been promised to Kosovo could now be leased to a Chinese state-owned company.

Culture and Lifestyle

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16 Mar 15

British Composer Commemorates Kosovo War Dead

The Kosovo Philharmonic marked its 15th anniversary with the Pristina premiere of an anti-war mass by British composer Karl Jenkins, which is dedicated to victims of the 1998-99 conflict.

Politics and Society

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27 Mar 15

The Ghost of Greater Albania Won’t go Away

If Albanian nationalism is still disturbing the Balkans, it is because the historic errors that brought it into being have not yet been fully addressed.