Southeast Europe / Features

Bulgaria seeks enhanced EU role with Balkan expansion push

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia December 20, 2017

Sofia has high hopes of its upcoming EU presidency but its ambitions to move from the periphery to the core of the union are undermined by its poor performance on border security and fighting organised crime.

BOOK REVIEW: Russia plays a weak hand strongly in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Belgrade December 5, 2017

Russia has clawed its way back from its weak position after the end of the Cold War to make firm friends across Southeast Europe even in countries that are firmly in the Western camp.

Geothermal starts to glow in Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 22, 2017

Turkey is an emerging geothermal superstar and countries across Eastern Europe are increasingly harnessing underground energy to provide cheap and eco-friendly local heating and energy.

Revived steel industry washes away Zenica’s blues

Ivana Jovanovic in Zenica November 14, 2017

ArcelorMittal Zenica CEO Biju Nair talks to bne IntelliNews about bringing one of Southeast Europe’s largest steel mills back to life in post-war Bosnia.

Are investors about to take flight from Romania?

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 3, 2017

Romania is the EU's fastest growing economy this year, but rattled by political unrest and frequent policy changes, investors may start to migrate to rival destinations.