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.

Name change at the heart of North Macedonia’s presidential election campaigns

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2019

The Prespa agreement, under which the country formerly known as Macedonia was recently renamed North Macedonia, has become the preeminent issue in the race for the country’s presidency.

Ruling coalition candidate leads poll ahead of North Macedonia’s presidential vote

bne IntelliNews April 15, 2019

The election is the first major test for the governing SDSM and its junior partner the Democratic Union for Integration, following the signing of the Prespa agreement in 2018.

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.

COMMENT: EU & the Western Balkans: a win-win constellation at second glance

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna April 8, 2019

At first glance, the enlargement of the EU to include the states of the Western Balkans seems to be an irrelevant trifle for the EU, but on closer inspection it is a good idea as expansion of the EU is not just about business.

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.

Greek PM pays first ever visit to North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 2, 2019

Time to make up for nearly three lost decades, says Greece's Alexis Tsipras after posing for a selfie with North Macedonia's PM Zoran Zaev.

Rising risks to Western Balkans growth outlook

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 2, 2019

Region is facing growing external and domestic risks, including geopolitical and trade disputes and a slower-than-expected pace of structural reforms, a new World Bank report says.

North Macedonia’s citizens spent €133.7mn on online purchases in 2018, up 17.8% y/y

bne IntelliNews April 1, 2019

Confidence in e-commerce and online shopping is increasing in the country of 2.1mn people.

Ruling coalition’s candidate faces opposition-backed law professor in struggle for North Macedonia’s future

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 31, 2019

Presidential election campaign expected to focus on the Prespa name agreement, EU integration and the economy.

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.

Western Balkan coal-fired power plants surviving on subsidies

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 25, 2019

All coal-based electricity generation incumbents in aspiring EU members from the region would go bankrupt immediately if they had to respect the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme Directive, Energy Community report finds.