EU leaders hesitate on new sanctions against Russia for Aleppo assault

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2016

EU leaders said they will consider all options against the Syrian government and Russia for atrocities committed in Aleppo, but met resistance from Italy in the issue of imposing new economic sanctions.

CEE defence procurement still more ‘jaw-jaw’ than ‘war-war’

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 13, 2016

A combination of factors is creating the conditions for a boom in Central and Eastern European defence procurement. But as Poland’s sudden decision to scrap a $3.5bn helicopter deal shows, the region remains a tricky place to do business.

CONFERENCE CALL: Private equity firms eye new opportunities in ex-Yugoslavia

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade October 7, 2016

A series of successful large-scale investments in the consumer sector have raised interest in Southeast Europe among private equity. However, potentially attractive privatisations deals within the region have so far proved elusive.

BALKAN BLOG: Bulgaria tries to keep Russia sweet

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 6, 2016

Recent political developments only confirm that Russia is still very influential in Bulgaria and is likely to remain so.

RBI and RZB boards agree merger outline for Austrian lender

bne IntelliNews October 6, 2016

RZB and RBI said in May that they were examining a merger as a way of reinforcing their capital buffers in the face of tougher regulatory requirements following the global financial crisis.

Southeast Europe seeks to build on strong tourist season

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 3, 2016

Can governments and private sector investors in countries from Croatia to Romania build upon this year’s rise in tourist numbers and continue to attract larger numbers of holidaymakers in future?

Bulgaria nominates EC’s Georgieva as new candidate for UN Secretary General

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia September 28, 2016

Bulgarian PM switches candidates after UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova performs poorly in latest straw poll, sparking row with opposition

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