Southeast Europe / Features

Borissov's balancing act

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia May 26, 2017

Bulgarian prime minister plays "good cop" as he balances demands of his far-right coalition partners with EU values.

International investors cautiously optimistic on new Macedonian government

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 26, 2017

Centre-left Social Democrats preparing to form their first new government after more than a decade in opposition.

Western Balkan governments seek to guard against Agrokor fallout

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 23, 2017

Legislation adopted in Croatia and Slovenia while other governments mull steps to protect suppliers and avoid job losses.

EBRD slams Romanian government for lack of progress on infrastructure development

Carmen Valache in Nicosia May 23, 2017

Unlocking infrastructure and energy projects is essential to improving Romania's attractiveness as an investment destination, development bank's vice president says.

Moldovan banking after the earthquake

Carmen Valache in Nicosia May 18, 2017

Central Bank Governor Sergiu Cioclea says the sector has been stabilised and urges foreign investors to pick up the pieces.

Xi throws Chinese might behind One Belt, One Road initiative

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest, Kivanc Dundar in Istanbul, Tim Gosling in Prague, Kanat Shaku in Almaty May 15, 2017

Beijing is investing a massive $124bn into the global project to invest into infrastructure and trade networks across four continents.

IFIs start to get cold feet over Turkey

bne IntelliNews May 12, 2017

EBRD investment falling on political jitters, IFC beset by relocation rumours.


bne IntelliNews May 11, 2017

Our look at which business leaders really matter in each CEE/CIS country, ranked by our correspondents not just on wealth but on influence.

Profi to target regional growth in Romania

Clare Nuttall and Carmen Simion in Bucharest May 11, 2017

After its takeover by Mid Europa Partners, supermarket chain Profi is taking modern retail into smaller Romanian towns.

Businesswomen seek a seat at the top table

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 11, 2017

The fall of communism has been followed by successive backlashes against feminism, the latest inspired by the election of populist rightwing governments.

EBRD kicks off annual meeting with panel on women in the green economy

Carmen Valache in Nicosia May 10, 2017

Training women in science and technology to give them access to the green job market would reduce shortfall of skilled workers in emerging energy sectors.

CFA tries to raise financial awareness in emerging markets

Liam Halligan in Prague May 10, 2017

CFA Institute managing director Gary Baker talks to bne IntelliNews about winning back trust for the financial services industry and developing the sector's human capital.

CEE slowly warms up to energy efficiency

Carmen Valache in Lund May 10, 2017

Commercial banks have been slow to jump at the opportunity to finance small-scale energy efficiency projects because the return on investment for them tends to be low.

Eastern Europe counts cost of air pollution

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest and Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 9, 2017

Cities in the Western Balkans have the worst air pollution in the continent, with Macedonia's Tetovo topping the list.

Investors jump on Romania’s consumer bandwagon

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 4, 2017

Romania’s economy is set to be among the fastest growing in Europe this year, with consumer spending driven by tax cuts and public sector pay rises.