One dead in grenade attack on US embassy in Montenegro

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2018

An unknown man threw a grenade at the US embassy in Podgorica, the capital of Nato's newest member state, then blew himself up with a second device.

Western Balkans countries slump on Corruption Perceptions Index

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2018

Macedonia in freefall as setbacks across the region are bad news for hopes of accelerated progress towards EU accession.

OPINION: Tempered hope for the Balkans’ European ambitions

Henry Stanek in Brussels February 15, 2018

The EU’s new Balkan strategy should be viewed as more of a motivational tool than as a real roadmap, even for frontrunners Montenegro and Serbia.

Poor infrastructure holds back economic growth in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews February 8, 2018

Better transportation, energy, and telecommunications networks would help Western Balkan countries raise productivity and attract more investment, IMF says.

European Commission unveils Western Balkans enlargement strategy

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 6, 2018

The strategy comes after years of neglecting the region and is expected to counter the growing influence of Russia and China in Southeast Europe.

COMMENT: Export credit agencies lurk in the shadows of responsible financing

Dan Heuer of Bankwatch February 5, 2018

If sunlight is the best disinfectant, then export credit agencies need to step into the daytime, argues a new study of ECAs in Central and Eastern Europe.

BALKAN BLOG: A new strategy but no easy ride for Western Balkan enlargement candidates

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest February 5, 2018

The European Commission is poised to release a new enlargement strategy which it hopes will push countries from the region to embrace reform and stop democratic backsliding.

Montenegro’s NPL ratio drops to 7% in November

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2018

The IMF has warned that the high levels of NPLs and low-quality loans threaten the stability of long-term funding of some banks in Montenegro.

M&A in Emerging Europe fell 17% in 2017 to €71.5bn, according to CMS/EMIS report

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2018

China becomes biggest foreign dealmaker in the region, making €7.7bn of acquisitions, up 78%.