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M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

wiiw raises 2021 CEE growth forecast to 3.8%

Robert Anderson in Prague April 16, 2021

But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.

Slovenian PM denies Bosnian media reports on ‘non-paper’ about dividing Bosnia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 14, 2021

Populist premier, who will take over EU rotating presidency in July, is accused of proposing "final disintegration of former Yugoslavia".

Kosovan parliament elects Vjosa Osmani as president

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 4, 2021

Kosovan MPs elect the country's second woman president — and avert a constitutional crisis.

Kosovo’s economy turns to slim growth of 0.72% in 4Q20

bne IntelliNews April 4, 2021

The financial and insurance, manufacturing and IT sectors grew strongly in 4Q20, but construction slumped.

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

Vaccination campaigns launched across Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

After months of delays, all of the Western Balkans countries have embarked on the vaccination of their populations against coronavirus.

Kosovan parliament votes in new government led by Albin Kurti

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 22, 2021

Kurti returns to power after left-wing nationalist Vetevendosje's resounding election victory but faces tough tasks of responding to pandemic and appointing Kosovo's new president.

Weekend of protests against corona restrictions in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews March 21, 2021

Protesters express anger against tighter restrictions and vaccinations as well as a broad range of local issues in Southeast European cities.

E-commerce rising stars of the Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 21, 2021

Despite numerous challenges, there are a growing number of successful e-commerce platforms in the Western Balkans region.

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Central and Southeastern Europe head for a V-shaped recovery

Gunter Deuber and Nicolae Covrig of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna and Bucharest March 19, 2021

The moderate GDP setbacks in 2020 imply that for some CEE countries there will not be such drastic recovery and rebound effects in 2021 as in hard-hit countries in Western Europe.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

COMMENT: The EIB supports the long-term recovery of the Western Balkans

Lilyana Pavlova vice-president of the European Investment Bank March 11, 2021

The region’s economy needs to be more sustainable and connected, which can only be achieved through the digital and green transformation, writes EIB vice-president Lilyana Pavlova.

The female voice of change

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2021

Emerging Europe has a growing number of female politicians taking a stand against corruption and authoritarianism.

BRICKS & MORTAR: Renovation of apartment buildings has biggest potential for energy saving in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews February 28, 2021

The potential for energy savings in the buildings sector — characterised by ageing, poorly maintained apartment blocks — is estimated at more than 50% of consumption, Energy Community report shows.

VIENNEAST COMPASS: All in? Kosovo, Albania and the prospects of unification

Marcus How of ViennEast February 23, 2021

Citizens and ruling elites of both countries are prepared to pay lip service to a shared dream but pause when confronted with the practical reality of its realisation.

Kosovo general election delivers resounding win for ex-PM Kurti

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow, Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 15, 2021

Preliminary results show opposition Vetevendosje took 48% of the vote in snap general election.

Kosovo’s new generation of politics

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 13, 2021

Left-wing nationalist Vetevendosje has gained overwhelming popular support ahead of Kosovo's February 14 general election.

Opposition Vetevendosje set to win Kosovo's snap general election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 11, 2021

The new political alliance between Vetevendosje leader Albin Kurti and acting President Vjosa Osmani says its priority is to tackle corruption.

BALKAN BLOG: No “Navalnying” in the Balkans is the uncompromising message from Russia

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 11, 2021

Moscow delivered a stern rebuke over Bulgaria's PM's criticism of opposition politician Navalny's arrest, and has taken a tough tone on several issues in the Western Balkans in recent days.

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