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14 Aug 17

Balkan Mining Tycoon Arrested for Alleged Graft

Billionaire Benjamin Steinmetz, the owner of two iron and gold mining companies in the Balkans, who is wanted by anti-graft prosecutors in Romania, has been arrested in Israel for alleged money laundering.

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03 Aug 17

Kosovo Delays Action to Avert Coal Shortage

Kosovo's government has deferred a decision to expropriate houses in an area that was needed for coal mining in order to avert a potential energy crisis. 

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02 Aug 17

Croatia's Raised Import Tax Angers Neighbours

Western Balkan countries have united in condemning Croatia's tax increase on imports of fruit and vegetables, with some hinting at possible counter-measures in response.

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21 Jul 17

Kosovars Warned About Using First Bitcoin ATM

Kosovo is about to get the first virtual currency ATM in the Balkans - but the central bank has warned potential users that they cannot expect much protection from the law.

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21 Mar 17

Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs Down

Kosovo's Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan 'common market' as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership - while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion.

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02 Nov 16

World Bank Still Mulling Support for Kosovo Power Plant

While Kosovo officials claim the World Bank has pledged to support construction of the new Kosova e Re power plant, the bank has told BIRN no such decision has been made.

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13 Oct 16

Kosovo Auditor Highlights Procurement Failures

New report by Kosovo's Auditor General criticises government's management of public spending and its failure to address the auditor's own previous recommendations.

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05 Sep 16

'Shadow' Economy Thriving in Balkans, Study Shows

New survey blames high rate of people working in hidden economy in Balkan region on mistrust in state institutions - and unfair tax systems that penalise those on low incomes.

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22 Aug 16

Bad Roads Blamed for Macedonia-Kosovo Trade Decrease

The promised but as yet unbuilt highway stretch that would link Macedonia and Kosovo is taking a costly toll on Macedonian companies as trade between the two countries plummets.

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21 Jul 16

Kosovo Eyes 3.7 Per Cent Growth in 2016

The Central Bank of Kosovo expects significant growth in the economy in 2016, although the widening trade deficit remains a cause for concern.

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28 Jun 16

Kosovo Customs Earnings Rise Despite SAA

Despite the abolition of tariffs on a range of goods as a result of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement with the EU, Kosovo customs declared an 18-per-cent rise in revenues.

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01 Jun 16

Kosovo Claims Brezovica Project Can go Ahead

Kosovo officials claim French investors in the Brezovica ski resort have met a deadline to submit bank guarantees for the project - however, the future of the 410-million-euro scheme still looks unclear.

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24 May 16

Foreign Investors Content in Kosovo, Survey Says

A survey of 250 foreign entrepreneurs in Kosovo suggests that while most of their businesses are doing well, they want reforms to strengthen the rule of law as well as political stability.

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14 Apr 16

Surge in Remittances Powers Kosovo's Recovery

An increased flow of remittances to Kosovo in the last two years is among the key factors powering the country’s economic development.

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10 Mar 16

Kosovo SMEs Harvest Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Several Kosovo SMEs who used small EU grants to improve their energy efficiency have seen a major drop in electricity consumption and costs.

Culture and Lifestyle

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01 Aug 17

Best Balkan Films to Watch This Summer

From light-hearted comedies to horrors and dramas that reveal the still visible legacy of the wars of the 1990s, Balkan cinematography has something for everyone this summer.

14 Jun 17

Kosovo Film Ignites Controversy in Serbia

06 Jun 17

Inside Guide to the Balkans’ Secret Wonders

Premium

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27 Apr 17

Ivica Todoric: Croatia's Tycoon Who Wanted Too Much

Ivica Todoric, the man who transformed his flower company into one of the Balkans' biggest business empires, Agrokor, now faces the possibility of seeing the debt-ridden firm go under.

29 Sep 16

World Bank Upbeat About Western Balkans

29 Feb 16

World Bank Probes Role in Kosovo Evictions

14 Dec 15

Kosovo Cows Give Birth to American Calves

25 Jun 15

Balkan Economies Brace for Impact of Grexit

Politics and Society

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16 Aug 17

Balkan Religious Minorities Still Feel Excluded, US Says

Religious minorities in the Balkans still struggle with a degree of discrimination and with a lack of official cooperation in regaining assets confiscated by the communist regimes, a US State Department report says. 

15 Aug 17

EU Urges Kosovo to End Political Deadlock