Central and Eastern Europe lags the world in social capital

Robert Anderson in Prague September 23, 2017

The region has made little progress over the past decade in improving trust and civic engagement, says Legatum Institute.

Makpetrol to seek redress over “unlawful” handling of hostile takeover bid

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 21, 2017

The owner of Macedonia’s largest fuel retailer says it suffered substantial damages after regulators failed to reject takeover bid by murky London-registered company.

Macedonians most politically active nation in Central and Eastern Europe

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2017

Survey reveals that West Europeans are significantly more politically active than their peers to the east.

Ex-Macedonian government spent €225mn on murky payments to attract foreign investors

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 13, 2017

Newly declassified data on state subsidies paid between 2007 and 2017 reveals payments negotiated on a case-by-case basis and never revealed to the public, as new government pledges to boost transparency.

Women left out of Western Balkans workforce

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2017

Low female labour force participation has helped push jobless rates in the region well above the European average.

Anti-migrant sentiment strongest in Eastern European countries

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2017

Residents of Macedonia, Montenegro and Hungary the least keen to live alongside migrants, a Gallup poll shows.

Macedonia and Greece ready to tackle divisive “name issue”

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 31, 2017

Foreign ministers hold friendly meeting in Skopje giving hope Macedonia’s long-delayed dream of joining EU and Nato could become reality.

Macedonia’s industrial production growth turns negative in July

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2017

Only the utilities segment posted growth in July - a modest 2.1% y/y - while manufacturing and mining contracted.

Private equity investment in CEE hits highest figure since 2009

Robert Anderson in Prague August 27, 2017

Private equity investment rose to €1.6bn in CEE ex-Russia last year, while fundraising for investing in the region soared 62% to €621mn.

Western Balkans countries adopt action plan to deepen economic cooperation

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje August 27, 2017

Plans for joint economic area intended to boost trade and job creation, as well as advancing the region's EU integration.