Southeast Europe / Features

Romania’s media sector in turmoil

Clare Nuttall and Carmen Simion in Bucharest September 14, 2017

With several of Romania’s media moguls behind bars or on the run, a shakeout is expected in the sector — but this is unlikely to address serious concerns about media pluralism.

Croatian startup sets the benchmark for smart benches

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest September 11, 2017

Production of Steora solar-powered smart benches to be doubled by year-end to supply smart city projects around the world, but founder rues "weird laws and regulations" holding back Croatian tech startups.

Economists tangle over risk of a Greek-style collapse in Turkey

Will Conroy in Prague September 2, 2017

Istanbul’s introduction of a credit guarantee fund has triggered a private sector credit boom that some analysts fear could end in tears if Europe’s banks become unwilling to lend to their Turkish counterparts.

Sale of Bulgarian airfare search company to spur on local market

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia August 10, 2017

Venture capital backers of Vayant Travel Technologies achieve $35mn exit to US PROS Holding in deal expected to support future development of Bulgaria's IT sector.

Wild capitalism threatens the untamed rivers of Southeast Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest August 7, 2017

Southeast Europe is seeing an explosion in hydropower investment, but inadequate regulation and oversight of the sector are raising concerns about the environmental impact and whether these investments are sustainable.