Serbia

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Reflections on Metternich and the Austrian Balkans

Marcus How in Vienna August 11, 2021

The region that comprised the former Yugoslavia has strongly influenced Austria and continues to do so.

Erste Group revises upwards CEE region’s 2021 growth outlook

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2021

CEE lender cites region’s outstanding resilience during the pandemic and the expected positive impact from the EU’s recovery fund.

Politicians posture over bloody cocaine turf war in Serbia

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo August 1, 2021

President Vucic shows murder footage on national TV, vows to ‘cut off the head’ of drug mafia.

BALKAN BLOG: Southeast Europe heatwave a sign of climate change to come

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2021

Southeast Europe is suffering under a heatwave that has sent temperatures soaring to 40°C or higher.

Heatwave pushes up spot electricity prices in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 30, 2021

Prices elevated by a combination of demand for electricity for cooling and an outage at one of the reactors of Romania’s nuclear power plant.

Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia to launch borderless travel zone by 2023

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 29, 2021

Three countries founded the ‘mini-Schengen’ initiative to improve economic and regional cooperation in the Western Balkans after EU enlargement to the region stalled.

Looming new coronavirus wave prompts vaccination push in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2021

With the delta variant starting to spread in Southeast Europe, officials are warning of a new wave of the pandemic that may put pressure on hospitals as early as August or September.

BRICKS & MORTAR: Residential real estate markets bounce back in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2021

Strong recovery after spring 2020 lockdowns partly driven by demand for houses and rural properties, but prices remain among the lowest in Europe.

US blockchain company Guilded mulls investment in Serbia

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2021

PM Ana Brnabic says Guilded interested in Serbia’s data storage capacities and data centre in Kragujevac.

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo blame each other for failed talks in Brussels

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 19, 2021

No progress on normalisation of relations at second meeting between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovo's Prime Minister Albin Kurti.

wiiw raises its GDP forecast for 20 out of 23 countries in CEE

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies has raised its GDP growth forecasts for 20 out of 23 countries in Central and Eastern Europe as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic starts to recede.

Serbia’s dinar bonds included in J.P. Morgan index family

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo July 2, 2021

Serbia becomes one of five countries within the index family whose credit rating is not yet investment grade.

Western Balkans scrap roaming tariffs

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Politicians say lifting of roaming tariffs is just the first step as cooperation efforts deliver financial benefits for citizens of the EU-aspiring region.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Scaling back the state

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

The coronacrisis saw the role of the state increase, but post-crisis efforts towards privatisation and a stepping back of the state from the economy are expected.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Small transition states particularly vulnerable to ‘corrosive capital’

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

Countries from the former Yugoslavia have seen a series of un-transparent investments with a geo-political agenda, says think tank CIPE.

Central bank governor says Serbia exceeded pre-crisis GDP in Q1 2021

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2021

Serbia entered the crisis on a solid financial footing and the economy received strong monetary and fiscal support.

Law on digital assets enters force in Serbia paving way for fintech growth

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2021

Law is intended to provide a clear framework and legal security for investors and users of digital assets.

Under half of emerging Europe economies to achieve full recovery in 2021

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

EBRD says recovery from the coronacrisis is progressing faster than expected, but many emerging Europe economies won’t return to 2019 levels of GDP until 2022.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: ‘Yugo-nostalgia’ fading but not gone

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 28, 2021

Since Yugoslavia started to disintegrate, a whole generation has grown up but there are still some in the region who look back nostalgically.

Overwhelming majority in Western Balkans support regional co-operation

bne IntelliNews June 28, 2021

Latest Balkan Barometer shows 77% want regional -, and most value relations with the EU above those with China, Russia or Turkey.

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