A quarter of a century since the fall of Communism, the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia – remain among the most underdeveloped parts of Europe. The absence of foreign direct investment (FDI) has hobbled the transition of these six countries from central planning to a free market economy. This situation poses geostrategic risks to the European Union.

The Western Balkans are situated only a one-hour flight from Vienna or Rome. The region sits at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, at the intersection of pan-European transport corridors Nr 8 and Nr 10, between four seas and two gigantic gas pipeline projects. It has also be...

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Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
In terms of raw economic growth figures, the region is not performing badly. In May 2015, the European Commission forecast that Macedonia’s economy would grow by 3.8 per cent this year, the fastest rate in Europe. But in the first quarter, the country saw FDI inflows fall by almost two-thirds from a year earlier
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