Bosnia & Herzegovina

M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

wiiw raises 2021 CEE growth forecast to 3.8%

Robert Anderson in Prague April 16, 2021

But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.

Slovenian PM denies Bosnian media reports on ‘non-paper’ about dividing Bosnia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 14, 2021

Populist premier, who will take over EU rotating presidency in July, is accused of proposing "final disintegration of former Yugoslavia".

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

Bosnia's current account deficit dropped to record low in 2020

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 31, 2021

The current account deficit stood at -3.2% of GDP, the lowest level in modern Bosnian history.

Vaccination campaigns launched across Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

After months of delays, all of the Western Balkans countries have embarked on the vaccination of their populations against coronavirus.

E-commerce rising stars of the Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 21, 2021

Despite numerous challenges, there are a growing number of successful e-commerce platforms in the Western Balkans region.

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Central and Southeastern Europe head for a V-shaped recovery

Gunter Deuber and Nicolae Covrig of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna and Bucharest March 19, 2021

The moderate GDP setbacks in 2020 imply that for some CEE countries there will not be such drastic recovery and rebound effects in 2021 as in hard-hit countries in Western Europe.

Bulgaria the latest to announce lockdown as new COVID-19 wave descends on Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews March 18, 2021

Over 4,000 COVID-19 cases daily are being reported in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, putting hospitals under strain.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

COMMENT: The EIB supports the long-term recovery of the Western Balkans

Lilyana Pavlova vice-president of the European Investment Bank March 11, 2021

The region’s economy needs to be more sustainable and connected, which can only be achieved through the digital and green transformation, writes EIB vice-president Lilyana Pavlova.

Bosnian rock band Dubioza kolektiv and robot Robby Megabyte together in a new song

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 2, 2021

Sarajevo University students built the robot Robby Megabyte to perform with Bosnia’s most popular rock band, Dubioza kolektiv.

BRICKS & MORTAR: Renovation of apartment buildings has biggest potential for energy saving in Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews February 28, 2021

The potential for energy savings in the buildings sector — characterised by ageing, poorly maintained apartment blocks — is estimated at more than 50% of consumption, Energy Community report shows.

Grey economy almost a third of GDP in Bosnia, Montenegro and Serbia

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo February 23, 2021

Research by Sarajevo-based Center for Policy and Governance shows high levels of undeclared and partially work in Western Balkans and Croatia.

BALKAN BLOG: No “Navalnying” in the Balkans is the uncompromising message from Russia

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 11, 2021

Moscow delivered a stern rebuke over Bulgaria's PM's criticism of opposition politician Navalny's arrest, and has taken a tough tone on several issues in the Western Balkans in recent days.

BEYOND THE BOSPORUS: Soft power in the Balkans, hard power in the Caucasus

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 7, 2021

A mid-sized power, Turkey wields considerable clout in its near neighbourhood.

No Limit to Bitcoin payments in small Bosnian town

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo February 3, 2021

Electronics retailer No Limit technology first to enable Bitcoin payments for its electronics in Bosnia’s Sanski Most.

Miners tap Western Balkans for crucial EV battery ingredient lithium

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 1, 2021

Demand for lithium is set to increase strongly, driven by the growing electric vehicle market as well as electronics and renewables.

Transparency International warns of backsliding in Serbia and Bosnia

bne IntelliNews January 28, 2021

But hopes for improvements in Romania and Moldova as reform-minded politicians take power.

BALKAN BLOG: Only better waste management can clean rivers of trash

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 26, 2021

Huge islands of waste floating down rivers are a common problem in Southeast Europe.

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