Belgrade has to balance its EU accession dream with voters' anger at Pristina's seizure of the mining and metals complex.
State news agency defied official order to shut down after failed privatisation in 2015.
Erste plans to roll out "banking for the unbankable" across CEE, seeing its social banking drive as an investment in a future generation of successful entrepreneurs.
Serbian officials claim decision to take giant mining complex under direct control of Kosovan government is illegal.
A series of successful large-scale investments in the consumer sector have raised interest in Southeast Europe among private equity. However, potentially attractive privatisations deals within the region have so far proved elusive.
Serbian officials fear handover of telecoms infrastructure to Pristina will set precedent for giant Trepca mining complex and other assets.
RZB and RBI said in May that they were examining a merger as a way of reinforcing their capital buffers in the face of tougher regulatory requirements following the global financial crisis.
Several thousand protestors gathered in Serbia’s capital for the sixth protest against the controversial demolition of buildings in the Savamala district – an area designated for the €3.2bn Belgrade Waterfront project.
By going ahead with a referendum on the national day, the president of Republika Srpska, the Serb half of the divided Bosnia & Hercegovina nation, was testing the response of the central authorities and the international community.
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