Austria’s S&T buys Slovenian telecoms equipment company Iskratel

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2020

S&T says Iskratel's work in the IIoT software and 5G areas will strengthen its product portfolio.

Slovenia’s retail trade increases in May after three-month decline

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2020

Retail sales back up after more shops open during easing of lockdown.

Tourists trickle back to the Adriatic

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 21, 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people are now on the move in Central and Southeast Europe as travel restrictions imposed to contain the novel coronavirus are eased.

Emerging Europe banks face surge in distressed loans when COVID support measures expire

bne IntelliNews June 18, 2020

Vienna Initiative report warns banks heading for a "cliff-edge effect of new distressed borrowers", followed by successive waves of new NPLs.

Central and Southeast Europeans have highest tolerance for corruption among EU members

bne IntelliNews June 14, 2020

People from the new EU member states that joined from 2004 onwards are more likely to think it is acceptable to do a favour, give a gift or give money to get something from a public administration, shows a new survey from Eurobarometer.

bne's Despair Index paints a mixed picture during the corona storm

Ben Aris in Berlin June 9, 2020

We have updated bne IntelliNews Despair Index, which better reflects what damage something like the coronacrisis does to the bottom half of society in the countries of New Europe. While the index has ticked up, the damage is limited so far.

Easing of lockdowns offers hope to emerging Europe’s COVID-struck economies

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2020

Governments continue to lift restrictions but there are warnings over a surge in new infections in Armenia, Iran and North Macedonia.