Southeast Europe / Opinion

COMMENT: CEE fiscal short-termism threatens infrastructure investment

Otilia Dhand of Teneo Intelligence March 8, 2018

Lack of investment has slowed down the convergence in infrastructure quality towards the EU average and may constrain medium-term economic growth.

COMMENT: Is the Balkan Silk Road a force for good (governance)?

Adam Urosevic of ViennEast March 7, 2018

Chinese investments and policies along the “Balkan Silk Road” could undermine the political determination to make crucial reforms required for EU accession.

COMMENT: The Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan trilateral

Emil Avdaliani in Tbilisi February 22, 2018

You have to look hard for a successful and enduring politico-economic alliance in the former Soviet space, but one cooperation—between Ankara, Tbilisi and Baku—is proving an exception to the rule, partly by not treading on Russia’s toes militarily.

BEYOND THE BOSPHORUS: Why hasn’t Turkey's economy fallen apart?

Suna Erdem February 21, 2018

The resilience of the Turkish growth story fascinates economists. Sceptics, however, warn it could still all end in tears if global debt becomes tighter and investors and lenders take a closer look at what is behind the economic stamina.

COMMENT: Hopes and dreams deflated in Kosovo

Alex Young in Pristina February 15, 2018

10 years after Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, patience is fraying as Europe’s youngest state continues to grapple for international acceptance while facing a host of domestic problems.