The region has made little progress over the past decade in improving trust and civic engagement, says Legatum Institute.
Deposit growth speeds up to 10.9% in August, driven by robust rise in corporate deposits.
Low female labour force participation has helped push jobless rates in the region well above the European average.
Planned Ionian Adriatic Pipeline to connect to Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and boost energy security across smaller Western Balkans countries.
Residents of Macedonia, Montenegro and Hungary the least keen to live alongside migrants, a Gallup poll shows.
Former Serbian police commander claims he visited Montenegro to gather herbs at monastery as he becomes the first of several Montenegrin, Serb and Russian suspects to be heard in trial over failed 2016 coup attempt.
Montenegro’s government hopes investments in infrastructure, tourism and energy projects will support robust economic growth in the next three years.
Slowdown due to fall in corporate lending, but overall asset growth remains at robust 9.8%.
Private equity investment rose to €1.6bn in CEE ex-Russia last year, while fundraising for investing in the region soared 62% to €621mn.
Plans for joint economic area intended to boost trade and job creation, as well as advancing the region's EU integration.