Open warfare within Bulgaria’s ruling coalition

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 18, 2018

Internal divisions have erupted within the United Patriots, Bulgaria’s far-right junior coalition member, that have spilled over into a very public conflict.

ICT sector pushes Bulgaria, Romania to respectable rankings on global competitiveness index

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2018

Both Southeast European countries were ranked below most of their EU peers in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2018, but performed well in the ICT category.

More than a third of Bulgarians and Romanians at risk of poverty

bne IntelliNews October 16, 2018

Two Southeast European states have the highest risk of poverty and social inclusion among EU members, while the lowest risks are in the Czech Republic.

Romania ranked worst among EU countries on Social Progress Index

bne IntelliNews October 16, 2018

Romania’s low scores, in particular for water, sanitation and public health, reveal deficiencies in the distribution of economic growth and public spending, report's author says.

UK foreign secretary alienates CEE by likening EU to Soviet Union

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw October 2, 2018

Jeremy Hunt scores own goal as he angers politicians in countries that had been advocating a lenient approach to Brexit.

Slovenia leads CEE/SEE region in R&D spending

bne IntelliNews September 26, 2018

The tiny Adriatic nation's R&D spending is the highest in the region relative to the size of its economy, European Commission data shows.

Romania's VAT collection rate weakest among EU-28

bne IntelliNews September 25, 2018

Romania was the only EU member state to see VAT collection contract, despite a cut in its effective VAT rate.