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.

Slovenia recalls ambassador from Croatia over spying reports

Carmen Simion in Bucharest April 10, 2019

Slovenian media claim Croatian intelligence secretly taped discussions around a controversial border arbitration, then tried to influence reporting on the issue

Western Balkans: Too small to be the next big thing?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 5, 2019

Central Europe has been enjoying a boom for the last few years driven by investment into export-oriented sectors but as the boom peaks investors are looking south for new locations to set up production.

Croatian government won't endorse Uljanik’s restructuring

bne IntelliNews March 28, 2019

Restructuring of troubled shipbuilder to cost over €1bn, which would be a "burden on all Croatian citizens and taxpayers", says PM Andrej Plenkovic as he refuses to endorse proposal.

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.

Croatian police arrest 12 in investigation into Uljanik shipyard

Carmen Simion in Bucharest March 26, 2019

Just as Croatia emerges from the Agrokor crisis, a new corporate scandal erupts at troubled shipbuilder Uljanik, which faces either bankruptcy or a €930mn restructuring.

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.