Second China-CEE Investment Cooperation fund expected to grow to $1bn later this year after first closing on $800mn, and will expand investment focus to encompass healthcare, tourism, education and agriculture.
Macedonia described as the "most promising chance for a democratic breakthrough" in Europe, as prospects for democracy look bleak in majority of post-communist states.
PM Andrej Plenkovic says framework settlement has averted an economic and financial crisis that would have impacted the entire Croatian economy.
The European Commission's new progress reports for the six Western Balkan countries, including Albania, are expected next week. Crucially, they will evaluate performance against delivery of the required reforms as part of the EU accession process
The small, open economies in the eastern part of the European Union will suffer disproportionately if the global trade war currently brewing extends to Europe, analysts have warned.
Several European states followed suit but others are still considering whether to take action over the poisoning of an ex-spy on British soil, which has already triggered over 100 expulsions by western countries.
Eastern EU member states are catching up with their Western counterparts in terms of education, internet access and investment in infrastructure, boosting GDP growth and creating a fertile environment for online businesses.
More than 100 diplomats thrown out in the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history, as the US and countries across Europe show solidarity with London over the poisoning of the Skripals.
Bulgaria has the highest proportion of women working in tech industries, while the gender pay gap for the sector is lowest in Turkey, a new study from recruiter Honeypot shows.