Trepca undermines Serb-Kosovan reconciliation

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 24, 2016

Belgrade has to balance its EU accession dream with voters' anger at Pristina's seizure of the mining and metals complex.

Serbia’s Tanjug "operating independently" despite order to close, minister says

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade October 19, 2016

State news agency defied official order to shut down after failed privatisation in 2015.

Erste seeks to re-establish trust through social banking

Tim Gosling in Vienna October 13, 2016

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.

Kosovo adopts law on ownership of Trepca mining complex, sparks protest from Serbs

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade and Dimitar Koychev in Sofia October 10, 2016

Serbian officials claim decision to take giant mining complex under direct control of Kosovan government is illegal.

CONFERENCE CALL: Private equity firms eye new opportunities in ex-Yugoslavia

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade October 7, 2016

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.

Belgrade faces difficult decision over Kosovo telecoms deal

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade October 6, 2016

Serbian officials fear handover of telecoms infrastructure to Pristina will set precedent for giant Trepca mining complex and other assets.

RBI and RZB boards agree merger outline for Austrian lender

bne IntelliNews October 6, 2016

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.

Serbs resume protests over Belgrade Waterfront demolition as govt fails to act

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade September 30, 2016

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.

Will Republika Srpska’s national day referendum herald a vote on independence from Bosnia?

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest September 28, 2016

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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