VISEGRAD BLOG: Macron makes the weather in Eastern Europe

Robert Anderson in Prague May 31, 2023

The French president tried to persuade sceptical East Europeans that they had nothing to fear from a Europe that was more self-reliant in security – and he almost pulled it off.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Turkish result shows that 'all for one and one for all' is rarely the best tactic to bring down a strongman

Marcus How of ViennEast Consulting in Vienna May 29, 2023

The failure of the Nation Alliance under optimal conditions shows that 'big tent' coalitions under a single list often do not succeed in extending the opposition's reach.

Freedom House says Ukraine war threatens democracy across Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 25, 2023

Democratic governance deteriorates in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, with worst declines in already authoritarian regions.

Southeast Europe tourism concentrated in peak summer months despite efforts to diversify

bne IntelliNews May 25, 2023

Seasonal pattern was most pronounced in Croatia, with 60% of tourist nights spent in July and August.

EBRD cuts regional growth forecasts again but Central Asia still going strong

Clare Nuttall in Samarkand May 16, 2023

Inflation remains a drag on growth in Emerging Europe, along with sluggish growth in advanced economies and stricter financing conditions in Central Europe and the Baltic states.

Over €416mn to be spent on Adriatic sea tourism infrastructure by 2025

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty May 10, 2023

Major new investments in marinas at Vlora in Albania and Rijeka in Croatia are going ahead, as infrastructure is developed along the eastern Adriatic coast.

Balkan region in shock after mass killings in Serbia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 7, 2023

Two separate incidents within days resulted in the deaths of 17 people, mostly children.

Southeast European economies expected to outperform the wider region

bne IntelliNews May 1, 2023

Albania, Kosovo and Romania stand out with strong projected growth in 2023-25, wiiw forecasts show.

Emerging Europe on tentative recovery path from 2023

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2023

The Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe economies have largely digested the economic shock caused by the war in Ukraine and are heading for modest growth this year, says wiiw.

Job creation loses pace in the Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2023

Unemployment fell, but mainly as a result of the declining labour force and an increase in inactivity, World Bank report reveals.

Inflation in Western Balkans to remain elevated through 2023, World Bank says

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2023

Core inflation has increased in almost all Western Balkan countries since mid-2022 and price pressures remain broad-based.

Resilient Western Balkan economies now bigger than before pandemic

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2023

World Bank says reforms are needed to prepare the region for future shocks as growth is set to moderate this year.

ING: World trade to see big shifts and weaker growth in 2023

ING April 21, 2023

World trade has been falling, but we still expect growth to return this year. We do notice large shifts in world trade as advanced economies – especially the US – are diversifying input sourcing.

ING: IMF remains cautious on world economic outlook

ING April 15, 2023

Amid a downgrade to the IMF’s global growth forecast, EM sovereigns should remain resilient with areas of relative growth outperformance, easing pressure on commodity importers and fiscal reform momentum.

Central and Southeast European companies eye lucrative Ukraine reconstruction opportunities

bne IntelliNews April 11, 2023

There is no end in sight yet to the war in Ukraine, but governments and businesses in Central and Southeast Europe are already eyeing potential contracts when the war finally does cease and rebuilding on a massive scale can start.

Montenegro expected to speed up EU membership talks as Milatovic takes presidency

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 4, 2023

EU officials urge Montenegro's new president to move towards accession after years of political turmoil stalled reforms.

Surge in PPP investments in the Western Balkans threatens fiscal stability

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2023

A new study published by the IMF finds PPP investments in the region compared to GDP are higher than in the EU, and warns of the risks from poorly managed PPP projects.

Newcomer Milatovic defeats incumbent Djukanovic in race for Montenegro’s presidency

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 2, 2023

Clear victory for Jakov Milatovic of Europe Now in presidential election second round.

The end of the Djukanovic era approaches in Montenegro

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 30, 2023

Milo Djukanovic is one of Emerging Europe’s longest-serving political leaders but is expected to lose the presidential election runoff to his youthful rival Jakov Milatovic.

Four Western Balkan countries pledge “100% compliance” with EU foreign policy

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2023

Western Balkan QUAD countries stress commitment to democratic values and sanctions on Russia at Skopje meeting, but Serbia and Bosnia are conspicuously absent.