CEE Equity Partners announces closing of second fund after $800mn pours in

bne IntelliNews April 19, 2018

Second China-CEE Investment Cooperation fund expected to grow to $1bn later this year after first closing on $800mn, and will expand investment focus to encompass healthcare, tourism, education and agriculture.

Fall in Russian ruble to hit Slovenian exporters

bne IntelliNews April 18, 2018

With sales on the Russian market the most important part of local giants Gorenje and Krka’s export business, the Slovenian central bank warns of the risks for the export-oriented Balkan country.

Macedonia defies illiberal trend in otherwise gloomy Freedom House report

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2018

Macedonia described as the "most promising chance for a democratic breakthrough" in Europe, as prospects for democracy look bleak in majority of post-communist states.

Slovenia’s industrial production up 7.2% y/y in February

bne IntelliNews April 11, 2018

Industrial production growth has accelerated in recent years, expanding by a robust 8% in 2017.

COMMENT: Does Germany hold the key for Albania’s accession to the EU?

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2018

The European Commission's new progress reports for the six Western Balkan countries, including Albania, are expected next week. Crucially, they will evaluate performance against delivery of the required reforms as part of the EU accession process

Slovenia records €42.7mn trade surplus in February

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2018

Slovenia is mainly an export-oriented country and in 2017 the country’s external trade reached the highest level in recent years.

Slovak workers most likely to be replaced by robots, says OECD study

bne IntelliNews April 4, 2018

66mn jobs could be lost as new artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies are adopted in OECD countries, with the biggest impact expected in Slovakia, Turkey and Lithuania.

Global trade war to hammer Eastern EU members

By Clare Nuttall in Bucharest April 3, 2018

The small, open economies in the eastern part of the European Union will suffer disproportionately if the global trade war currently brewing extends to Europe, analysts have warned.

Slovenia’s retail trade weakens in February

bne IntelliNews April 2, 2018

Despite modest decline in February, retail trade turnover is expected to maintain the upward trend seen since 2015 amid higher employment and rising salaries.

Online growth companies make “New European Tigers” roar

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2018

Eastern EU member states are catching up with their Western counterparts in terms of education, internet access and investment in infrastructure, boosting GDP growth and creating a fertile environment for online businesses.