Higher electricity prices push up Slovenia’s inflation in April

bne IntelliNews May 2, 2021

Slovenia’s consumer price index (CPI) went up by an annual 2.1% in April, accelerating from the slim 0.1% increase a month earlier.

Mystery deepens over second ‘non-paper’ raising tensions in the Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 28, 2021

France and Germany deny reports they wrote controversial non-paper on Kosovo recognition.

Climate change to amplify border tensions in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 27, 2021

OSCE report identifies border hotspots across the region where rising temperatures and more extreme weather events risk adding to border tensions.

Slovenia’s sentiment indicator increased slightly m/m in April

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2021

Sentiment indicator was 0.5 pp above the long-term average in April, pushed up by confidence indicators for retail trade, services and construction.

Supercomputer Vega launched in Slovenia

bne IntelliNews April 20, 2021

First EuroHPC supercomputer to come online to have "profound effects" on lives, says Slovenian PM Janez Jansa.

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".

COVID cabin fever creates a middle class Balkan jetset

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 9, 2021

With most of Europe under lockdown, holidaymakers from the Western Balkans are jetting off to exotic long haul destinations.

Slovenia’s blue-chip index at its highest level in over a decade

bne IntelliNews April 7, 2021

Slovenia’s bourse blue-chip index SBI TOP exceeded 1,000 points on April 7, which is the highest value since the end of 2009.

Slovenian opposition parties seek constitutional impeachment of PM Jansa

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 4, 2021

Opposition accuses Slovenia's right-wing prime minister of playing with people's lives during the pandemic in second attempt to remove him from power.

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.

IKEA’s New Europe Empire

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

Getting an IKEA store is a good guide to how developed a country is. And the Swedish furniture store has an uncanny knack for opening their yellow and blue stores exactly at the beginning of a country's rapid growth phase.

Reopening of stores in Slovenia pushed up retail sales in February

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2021

Sales rose in both monthly and annual terms in February as restrictions were eased — but Slovenia now faces a new lockdown including the closure of non-essential stores.

BALKAN BLOG: Jansa, disconnected

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 27, 2021

An abruptly cut-off discussion between Slovenian PM Janez Jansa and MEPs confirms fears that Slovenia, like its northern neighbours Hungary and Poland, is on a collision course with the EU over values.

German IT company LeanIX acquires Slovenian-US Cleanshelf

bne IntelliNews March 24, 2021

Acquisition of software-as-a-service (SaaS) management provider comes as market for SaaS tools has expanded dramatically in recent years.

Slovenia’s consumer sentiment index worsens in March

bne IntelliNews March 23, 2021

Expectations about the country’s economy, households’ finances and major purchases all declined.

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.

Slovenia’s trade surplus jumps 67.9% y/y to €348.2mn in January

bne IntellIiNews March 13, 2021

Slovenia’s trade surplus jumped to €348.2mn in January, from a surplus of €207.4mn in the same month of 2020 as imports fell more steeply than exports.