Journalists in Central, Southeast Europe face harassment, intimidation and violence

bne IntelliNews April 20, 2019

Bulgaria the worst place to be a journalist across the EU and the Balkans, says Reporters Without Borders, but decline in press freedom seen across many countries in the region.

China pledges to boost trade and infrastructure ties with CEE countries

Levente Szilagyi in Budapest April 15, 2019

At the latest 16+1 summit Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed the importance of reciprocal opening-up of the market, and says China will make further efforts to facilitate trade.

Bulgaria’s working age population contracts sharply in 2018

bne IntelliNews April 14, 2019

Bulgaria already facing skills shortages as its working age population continued its decline, shrinking by 48,000 in 2018, and the trend is forecast to persist for the rest of the century.

Trust in Bulgaria’s ruling Gerb plunges as apartments scandal unfolds

bne IntelliNews April 1, 2019

Top government officials revealed to have bought luxury Sofia apartments at well below market price. The head of Bulgaria's anti-corruption body, who is supposed to be investigating the accusations, is the latest to be implicated.

Kosovo to be fastest-growing economy in Central, Southeast Europe this year as regional boom passes peak

bne IntelliNews March 27, 2019

Once robust expansion is set to slow in coming years, says wiiw report, with the weakest growth in Russia, Turkey and Belarus, while small Southeast European frontier markets are still going strong.

Property scandal threatens to bring down Bulgarian government

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 26, 2019

It has survived political rifts and corruption scandals, but Boyko Borissov’s government is struggling as a third minister becomes embroiled in a growing scandal over luxury apartment purchases.

Estonia, Lithuania and Slovenia lead EBRD Knowledge Economy Index

Carmen Simion in Bucharest, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 26, 2019

Baltic States and Slovenia close to OECD comparators on knowledge economy index, while frontier markets like Belarus, Georgia and Serbia make strong progress.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Time for the awkward guest to leave the party

bne IntelliNews March 24, 2019

While EU member states in Central and Southeast Europe are concerned about the economic impact of Brexit, there is a growing feeling that the UK needs to stop prolonging the uncertainty and carry through its decision to leave.