Southeast Europe / Features

INTERVIEW: Albanian PM Rama stands firm as opposition threatens election boycott

Andrew MacDowall in Tirana April 21, 2017

Edi Rama confident his Socialist Party will be re-elected in June, but bitter rift with opposition has stalled judicial reforms and put Albania’s EU future in doubt.

FINTECH: Africa welcomes emerging fintech startups

Nicholas Watson in Prague April 19, 2017

Given financial technology is about start-ups looking to eat into financial firms’ intermediary roles, it is not surprising that Africa, with its inefficient banks and sclerotic infrastructure, is feeling the full force of the fintech wave.

Albania’s banking sector returns to growth after rolling with the punches

Ben Aris in Budapest April 13, 2017

Albania’s banking sector has rolled with the punches thrown by the economic crisis, but this year should mark a return to growth.

Mayday for Turkish Airlines’ “super-connector” strategy

Will Conroy in Prague April 7, 2017

Turkish Airlines looks likely to be one of the airlines worst affected by the US government’s carry-on laptop ban.

Agrokor giant brought down by addiction to junk debt

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest April 5, 2017

The Croatian food and retail group could not compete with the cheaper financing costs and higher efficiency of its new West European competitors.

CEE/CIS TRADE FINANCE SURVEY 2017: Grappling with the “new normal” of sanctions and compliance

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

Banks are having to pedal twice as hard just to keep momentum, but innovative players are developing new tailored solutions and products to meet the needs of clients.

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