Southeast Europe / Features

External winds buffet an improving year

Nicholas Watson in Prague December 1, 2016

Despite the external blows of Brexit and then ‘Trumpquake’, there was a general improvement in Central and Eastern Europe’s transaction climate in 2016.

First steps for fintech in Romania

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 29, 2016

With just a handful of success stories so far, Romania’s fintech scene is still at a very early stage. But initiatives like Bucharest TechHub’s recent Fintech Month and support from companies and banks are intended to help foster the industry.

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.

Slovenians expect tourism boost from Melania Trump’s American dream

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade and Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 9, 2016

After her husband Donald’s shock victory in the US presidential election on November 8, Melania Trump is about to become the first non-US born first lady in two centuries.

Nato members digest Trump win, express concerns

Nicholas Watson in Prague November 9, 2016

Unpredictability is never an asset in foreign or defence policy, so the election of the mercurial Donald Trump to the US presidency is already causing conniptions in European capitals, especially those of Central Europe.

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