Southeast Europe / Features

Electric vehicles still in the slow lane in CEE

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2019

After a slow 2018 that saw the EU fall behind the US, EV sales are expected to revive in the EU as new models come on the market in the next few years, but the eastern part of the bloc remains far behind frontrunners like Sweden.

New Europe’s central banks are caught between fighting inflation rock and growth-boosting rate cuts hard place

Ben Aris in Berlin March 6, 2019

Emerging market central banks switched from tightening into easing mode in February, taking their cue from a dovish turn at the US Federal Reserve and a dollar rally that has run out of steam, for now.

Tide turns against hydropower investment in the Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 28, 2019

Hundreds of new hydropower projects are planned in the Western Balkans, as investors sought to take advantage of the huge and relatively untapped water resources in the region, but public sentiment is turning against such investments.

Tourism beyond the beaches in Albania

Clare Nuttall in Tirana and Durres February 14, 2019

Long reliant on package tourists from Eastern Europe and neighbouring Balkan states who flock to its beaches in the brief summer season, Albania is gradually diversifying its tourist offering.

Investors shrug off politics to boost deal value in emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 28, 2019

The value of M&A deals in the region soared by 20.1% in 2018, with investors largely ignoring populism and protests in Central and Southeast Europe, a CMS/EMIS report shows.