Southeast Europe / Features

CEE defence procurement still more ‘jaw-jaw’ than ‘war-war’

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 13, 2016

A combination of factors is creating the conditions for a boom in Central and Eastern European defence procurement. But as Poland’s sudden decision to scrap a $3.5bn helicopter deal shows, the region remains a tricky place to do business.

FINTECH: A Flare for making blockchain scalable

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 13, 2016

The most immediate challenge for blockchain is scaling the technology so it can handle increased transaction traffic in the years to come. Bitfury and Lightning Network have taken a big step towards this.

Erste seeks to re-establish trust through social banking

Tim Gosling in Vienna October 13, 2016

Erste plans to roll out "banking for the unbankable" across CEE, seeing its social banking drive as an investment in a future generation of successful entrepreneurs.

INTERVIEW: CEO says Romania capital market close to gaining emerging market status

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 7, 2016

After four years of intensive effort by the Bucharest Stock Exchange, it has been put on FTSE Russell’s emerging markets watchlist, a development that opens up “historic perspectives” for Romania, the CEO says.

LONG READ: The difficult dialogue of civilisations

Ben Aris in Rhodes October 6, 2016

“Europe is not in crisis. It is a crisis!” thundered former Czech president Vaclav Klaus. Is Central Europe undermining EU solidarity? EU leaders, past and present, met at the Rhodes Forum 2016 to discuss the issues, but came up with few answers.

Southeast Europe seeks to build on strong tourist season

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 3, 2016

Can governments and private sector investors in countries from Croatia to Romania build upon this year’s rise in tourist numbers and continue to attract larger numbers of holidaymakers in future?

Will Republika Srpska’s national day referendum herald a vote on independence from Bosnia?

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest September 28, 2016

By going ahead with a referendum on the national day, the president of Republika Srpska, the Serb half of the divided Bosnia & Hercegovina nation, was testing the response of the central authorities and the international community.

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