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.
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:
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.
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.
Turkish leader might be won round with economic lifeline that would persuade him to abandon Moscow, says Maximilian Hess.
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.
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.
There is a widespread feeling of ‘business as usual’. There is very little sense of impending doom. This confidence is misplaced.
Turkey’s most popular Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas has channelled the Japanese anime spirit of Voltron to express his frustration at opposition inaction.
Nishani is Albania’s first post-communist president to pass away, following serious health problems
Five questions on the minds of business leaders and policymakers in Romania.