Southeast Europe / Opinion

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Brussels needs to jump-start the Western Balkan accession process

Gunter Deuber in Vienna, Fjorent Rrushi in Tirana, Ivona Zametica in Sarajevo July 13, 2022

Only when the Western Balkans is integrated into the EU, and the EU reforms itself, can Brussels really turn its attention to Ukraine or other potential accession candidates.

NEMETHY: The riskiest macroeconomic environment of the 21st Century!

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors July 12, 2022

In my opinion, the macro environment is riskier than before the Dotcom Bubble and before the Great Financial Bubble. Why? A nasty cocktail of factors which may reinforce each other:

ASH: Turkey playing a delicate balancing act between Ukraine, Russia and Nato

Timothy Ash Senior Sovereign Strategist at BlueBay Asset Management in London June 28, 2022

Turks are rightly proud of the success of Bayraktar drones in the conflict in Ukraine and Kyiv was grateful, but now they are not so sure as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plays both side of the fence.

COMMENT: Why replenished ties between Uzbekistan and Turkey suit both Tashkent and Ankara

Fuad Shahbazov June 23, 2022

For the Uzbeks, the strategic relationship helps with the balancing act between the big powers. For the Turks, it builds regional influence in line with the pan-Turkic agenda.

Analyst says West should form ‘alliance of convenience’ with ‘unsavoury Erdogan’

bne IntelIiNews June 22, 2022

Turkish leader might be won round with economic lifeline that would persuade him to abandon Moscow, says Maximilian Hess.

COMMENT: Towards sustainable, safe and smart roads in the Western Balkans

Matteo Rivellini of EIB Global June 17, 2022

The lack of adequate road infrastructure, as well as road maintenance, has been a persistent impediment to growth in the Western Balkans, but infrastructure bottlenecks are now being addressed.

ASH: Welcome to the new age of inflation

Timothy Ash Senior Sovereign Strategist at BlueBay Asset Management in London June 17, 2022

The debate around inflation is centre-stage at present, with headline and PPI inflation soaring globally in response to a range of factors but including climate change/transition and Covid-related supply disruptions.

NEMETHY: The world continues to hurtle towards recession and potentially financial crisis

Les Nemethy June 14, 2022

There is a widespread feeling of ‘business as usual’. There is very little sense of impending doom. This confidence is misplaced.

Awaiting the anti-Erdogan

Michael Daventry June 6, 2022

Turkey’s most popular Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas has channelled the Japanese anime spirit of Voltron to express his frustration at opposition inaction.

OBITUARY: Former Albanian president Bujar Nishani dies at 55

bne IntelliNews May 28, 2022

Nishani is Albania’s first post-communist president to pass away, following serious health problems

COMMENT: Constanta concerns

Jeff Lightfoot in Constanta May 12, 2022

Five questions on the minds of business leaders and policymakers in Romania.

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