BALKAN BLOG: Silence on ‘scandal’ at Serbia’s EPS suggests all is not as it seems

Alex Young in Belgrade December 1, 2016

Trying to shift blame for the loss of lucrative customers onto corruption and mismanagement by the previous administration might have seemed like a good idea at the time to the current heads of EPS, until the story snowballed.

Croatian defence minister reportedly among Bosnian prosecutors’ war crimes suspects

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 23, 2016

Croatian PM defends Damir Krsticevic after allegations he was involved in war crimes in Bosnia’s Jajce municipality.

Political roadblocks ahead on Albania’s EU path

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 11, 2016

Albania’s Socialist-led government received just rewards for its reform efforts when the European Commission recommended the launch of EU accession negotiations, saying the candidate country has made steady progress on the priorities set.

Masters of the EM universe

Ben Aris in Berlin November 8, 2016

“Western politicians haven’t forgiven Russia for Crimea, but the markets have.” The Russian bond market is booming in a welcome relief for the Kremlin. The rest of CEE not so much, as the ECB QE programme depresses yields to historic lows.

CEE/CIS BANK SURVEY 2016: Foreign players look for niches after market bottoms out

Robert Anderson in Prague November 7, 2016

With tighter regulatory rules looming, life is not going to get any easier for the region’s banks.

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