EU and Turkey summit produces commitment to keep talking

bne IntelliNews March 27, 2018

Though no major breakthroughs in relations are achieved, Turkish President Erdogan says he hopes “we have put this difficult period behind us” while warning that it would be “a perilous mistake for the EU to exclude Turkey from enlargement”.

Schweighofer sells its Romanian forests to Swedish GreenGold

bne IntelliNews March 27, 2018

Austrian wood processor beats a retreat from Romanian market after most local DIY chains blacklist its products over illegal sourcing accusations.

Albania plans to float state-owned power distributor by end-year

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 27, 2018

OSHEE to be the first major state-owned company to hold an IPO on Tirana's new stock exchange, as Prime Minister Edi Rama outlines ambitious plans to develop the energy sector.

Ukraine plays tough as 21 countries unite to kick out Russian diplomats

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2018

More than 100 diplomats thrown out in the largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history, as the US and countries across Europe show solidarity with London over the poisoning of the Skripals.

Turkmenistan votes for a new 'rubber-stamp' parliament

Kanat Shaku in Almaty March 26, 2018

With all the candidates loyal to strongman Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov the contest is more interesting for what it says about the presidential prospects of his son Serdar.