Nato still has a mixed reception in Emerging Europe

Ben Aris in Berlin July 14, 2017

After 70 years of being told Nato was the enemy, most of the populations of the former Communist bloc continue to have mixed feelings about their former enemies – even if the geopolitics have changed radically.

Euroscepticism grows in richer Western Balkans countries

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest July 14, 2017

Just 40% of Serbians believe their country will benefit from EU accession, compared to 84% of Kosovans and 80% of Albanians.

Growth potential of CEE and SEE halved in crisis decade, says IMF official

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2017

Fund’s Europe head warns rapid outflows of skilled workers, ageing workforce and political turmoil are adding to dilemma.

Six Western Balkans leaders endorse plan on regional economic area

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Clare Nuttall in Bucharest July 13, 2017

Plan envisages greater trade integration and mobility across the region, but falls short of the customs union discussed by regional leaders in March.

Kosovo reports strong upturn in FDI

bne IntelliNews July 2, 2017

FDI up 26.7% y/y in January-April, with most investment continuing to flow into real estate.

Kosovo’s deposit and lending rates up or flat m/m in May

bne IntelliNews June 26, 2017

As part of its dialogue with the European Union, Kosovo has agreed to address the underlying causes of the high interest rates on bank loans

Kosovo’s loan growth decelerates in May

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2017

The total value of gross loans and lease financing extended by Kosovan banks rose by 10% y/y to €2.36bn at end-May, slowing down from a 10.8% y/y increase at end-April