Europe’s southeast corner sees sharp increase in airport traffic

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2018

Passenger numbers at Georgian airports soared by 30.5% and there were more modest hikes in Ukraine, Macedonia and Montenegro, ACI Europe study shows.

Migrant flow to Western Balkans intensifies in 2018

bne IntelliNews June 10, 2018

A new migrant route to the EU has opened up in the Balkans since the closure of the main route across the region in 2016.

Croatian police open fire on migrant smugglers as new crisis looms

bne IntelliNews May 31, 2018

People traffickers have opened up new routes across the Western Balkans after the closure of the original route through the region two years ago.

No “plan B” for Western Balkans’ EU future, Tusk says

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2018

First summit in 15 years intended to demonstrate the EU’s commitment to the region, which has been neglected for years, allowing rival powers to extend their influence.

COMMENT: CEE should be worried about the next EU budget

Richard Grieveson of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies May 17, 2018

The EU budget has had a positive impact on economic growth and helped to improve the quality of infrastructure in poorer parts of the bloc, not least in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). However, the budget is about to be cut.