A Coal-Free Future Leaves China’s Engagement in the Balkans Uncertain

There might not be a better moment for the transformation of China's relationship with the Western Balkans than now. With Xi Jinping's pledge that China will no longer fund the construction of coal-fired power plants overseas, a...

China’s Economic Influence Impacts Governance and Climate Policy in CEE

Long-lingering concerns about Chinese influence at the EU’s doorstep have recently become a harsh reality.  Montenegro has become a symbol of the debt problems  developing countries can fall into by signing on to a...

Montenegro’s Debt Success Orphaned at Birth

This article was originally published by CEPA and is republished here with the permission of the author. Anyone doubting the risks of dealing with China should examine the case of Montenegro to see how...

Why the EU Must Deal with Montenegro’s Chinese Debt

Dritan Abazović, Montenegro's deputy prime minister, formally requested the European Union’s help in repaying the debt to the Exim Bank of China in late March. The appeal not only renewed the EU’s focus on the current candidate,...

Watchdogs Detail Damage Done by China in the Western Balkans

Construction of the Bar – Boljare highway in Montenegro by China’s China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) has brought irreversible damage to the UNESCO-protected Tara River. Known as the "Tear of Europe", its riverbanks have been transformed...

Can Power Shift in Montenegro Impact Future Chinese Investments?

Montenegro might just have gotten a unique opportunity to reset its future investment relations with China, given the unexpected results of the recently held parliamentary elections. It is very likely that the new administration will bring an...

Offsetting External Influence in the Balkans: Recommendations for the EU

The failure to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia has again shifted focus on the question of the EU's credibility in the Western Balkans. The EU's lack of leadership in the region is creating opportunities...