Serbian NGO urges authorities to sanction paramilitary Wagner group's local activities

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 19, 2023

Growing concern over Russian paramilitary organisations activities in Serbia after it called for Serb volunteers to join its ranks and fight in Ukraine.

bneGREEN: River of waste clogs Serbia’s Lake Potpec after heavy rains

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2023

Packaging waste, household appliances, dead animals and other debris swept down Lim River to gather behind barrier protecting Potpec hydropower plant.

OPINION: What politics after Vucic will look like is Serbia’s billion-dollar question

Ann Smith in New York January 16, 2023

For the last decade Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has worked to make himself irreplaceable. So when he talks about life after politics he raises questions that no one can answer.

EBRD invests record €13.1bn into its region in 2022

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2023

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development invested a record €13.1bn into its Emerging Europe and Eurasia region in 2022, the bank announced on January 12.

NEMETHY: Key economic and financial drivers to watch in 2023

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors January 10, 2023

There is an old joke that the role of economic forecasters is to make astrologers look good. Forecasting GDP or inflation for the upcoming year with any degree of accuracy is virtually impossible, but there are some scary signs appearing.

OUTLOOK 2023: Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2023

The war in Ukraine had a seismic effect on the security, political and economic landscape of Southeast Europe.

Serbia reports massive cyberattack on interior ministry

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2023

Attacks followed the targeting of the defence ministry website, claimed by hacker collective Anonymous that accused Serbia of supporting Russia's war in Ukraine.

Member of Kosovo Security Force arrested for wounding two Serb boys

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 7, 2023

11- and 12-year-old shot from a moving car during the during the Orthodox Christmas Eve celebration.

Emerging Europe backs nuclear power to solve energy needs

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2023

Hungary, Czechia, Poland, Slovakia and Romania all plan new reactors and many countries are also looking at small modular reactors for the future.

Hacker collective Anonymous downs Serbian defence ministry website

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2023

World’s largest hacker community tells Serbian president: “Stop Destabilizing the region and stop supporting Russia.”

Serbian President Vucic says he won’t stand for another term

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2023

Aleksandar Vucic says he doesn't intend to seek a third term as president and will step down as SNS leader in his annual address to the nation.

January temperature records broken across Europe

Anna Fleck for Statista January 5, 2023

Eight countries in Europe recorded all-time high temperature records for January on New Year’s Day this year. The following data draws from the visualization of meteorologist Scott Duncan and reports by the BBC, Statista reports.

Kosovo Serbs start to remove barricades in north

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje December 31, 2022

Removal of the barricades is seen as a sign of the de-escalation of tensions in northern Kosovo, at least temporarily.

THE MITTELEUROPEAN VIEW: Western banks go back to square one in CEE

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research December 21, 2022

Major Western banks had already adjusted their regional portfolio allocations back to Central Europe so the Ukraine war has not forced a complete reassessment of business strategies.

Start of a new super cycle – fat and flat for 2023?

Ben Aris in Berlin December 15, 2022

The global economy has been through some enormous changes in recent years, leading investors and analysts to believe we are at the start of a new high-inflation, lower-growth super-cycle that could last for as long as a decade.

Kosovo’s leaders to submit application for EU membership

bne IntelliNews December 14, 2022

Pristina to submit application on December 15 but move is largely symbolic as five EU states do not recognise Kosovo's independence.

IMF: Global food prices to remain elevated amid war, costly energy, La Niña.

Ervin Prifti . December 14, 2022

Interest rate hikes have eased price pressures, but the weather, war and material costs could keep food prices elevated for longer,

Analysts say Turkmenistan told US diplomats ‘it’s not interested’ in Caspian gas-to-Europe connector project, wants major pipeline

Will Conroy in Prague December 13, 2022

Ashgabat said to be signalling that “it won’t get out of bed for anything less”.

Opinion: North Kosovo faces its worst instability since 2011

Alex Young in Belgrade December 13, 2022

The risks of further escalation, including localised violence, should not be underestimated.

IMF: Riding the global debt rollercoaster

Vitor Gaspar Paulo Medas and Roberto Perrelli for the IMF December 13, 2022

Global debt remained above pre-pandemic levels in 2021 even after posting its steepest decline in 70 years, underscoring the challenges for policymakers.