Southeast Europe / Features

COMMENT: EU-Turkey customs union needs updating but obstacles lie ahead

Iana Dreyer of Borderlex February 7, 2017

Renegotiating the customs union, though far less controversial than the process that would end with Turkey actually joining the EU, is still likely to entail difficult decisions for both sides that could derail any agreement.

A guide to the Romanian protests

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest February 6, 2017

As the anti-corruption protests in Romania continue to grow, bne IntelliNews provides a guide to the decree at the heart of the controversy, the main players and their agendas.

Romania's government under pressure as protests force cancellation of controversial decree

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 5, 2017

Romania is experiencing its own version of Ukraine’s Maidan popular revolution. Mass protests have gone from calling for the cancellation of a decriminalisation decree to demands for the government to resign.

Children join parents in Bucharest anti-corruption protest

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest February 5, 2017

Demonstrations to continue despite Prime Minister Grindeanu's backtracking on controversial ordinance.

Poland dominates a vibrant, growing fintech industry in CEE

Nicholas Watson in Prague January 30, 2017

Fintech start-ups are flourishing across Central and Eastern Europe, from Russia to Turkey, though Poland is probably the furthest ahead in establishing itself as the most important regional hub.

Serbia-Kosovo normalisation process risks derailment as nationalist posturing rises

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest January 26, 2017

As the broad brushstrokes of the landmark deal to normalise relations between Serbia and Kosovo give way to the nitty-gritty of reaching consensus on specific issues and implementing those deals, previously overlooked flaws are being revealed.

Europe's fringe rethinks EU trade ties

Iana Dreyer of Borderlex and Iulian Ernst and Carmen Valache January 24, 2017

As Moldova questions its free trade agreement with the EU, Armenia seeks closer links with the bloc.

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