Czechs try to transform EU's relationship with Israel

Robert Anderson in Prague October 3, 2022

As the current rotating president of the European Union, Prague has convened a meeting of the long moribund EU Israel Association to try to boost EU links with the Jewish state.

bneGREEN: Fit for 55 – not fit for purpose

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 30, 2022

The EU’s Fitfor55 efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 are woefully inadequate and unable to contain global warming to the 1.5°C target, with reductions of up to 77% needed instead to stand any chance of averting a climate catastrophe.

BRUEGEL: National policies to shield consumers from rising energy prices

Giovanni Sgaravatti for Bruegel, Simone Tagliapietra for Bruegel, Georg Zachmann for Bruegel September 26, 2022

The current increase in wholesale energy prices in Europe has prompted governments to try to shield consumers from the direct impact of an energy crisis that is sweeping the Continent and the rising prices that are costing hundreds of billions.

Croatia’s PM to fire INA managers if they refuse to resign over corruption scandal

bne IntelliNews September 19, 2022

Standoff between government and management at Croatian oil and gas company after large-scale embezzlement.

bneGreen: Southeast Europe’s first eco-mosque opens in Croatia

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2022

As the climate crisis worsens, there is growing interest in building more eco-friendly places of worship.

Southeast European governments rush to offer new anti-crisis packages

bne IntelliNews September 9, 2022

Albania and Croatia the latest to announce new measures to help their populations cope with soaring prices.

BALKAN BLOG: What Turkey’s Erdogan can offer the Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 9, 2022

President Erdogan offers Turkey’s support to resolve critical situations that threaten stability in the Western Balkans, but what can Ankara achieve in the region?

INA chairman tenders resignation after corruption scandal

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2022

Chairman of the oil and gas company offered to step down after Croatia’s anti-corruption body made five arrests in a high-profile fraud case.

Eastern EU governments under pressure to act on rising living costs

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2022

Discontent is growing in Central and Southeast European countries that are suffering the highest inflation in the EU, pumped up by soaring food and energy prices.

Croatia’s Span opens cyber security centre in Zagreb

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2022

CEO Nikola Dujmovic says cyber security "has never been more important" as Span launches centre in cooperation with Israeli Cybergym.

Croatia’s quirky museum chains are going international

bne IntelliNews September 4, 2022

Croatia’s Museum of Hangovers launched in Shanghai, following the international expansion of the Zagreb-born Museum of Illusions and Museum of Broken Relationships.

Croatia ramps up power production from fossil fuels

bne IntelliNews August 25, 2022

Net electricity production was up 14% y/y in June due to a significant rise in thermal power production, while hydropower generation fell.

Romanians least likely in the EU to read news online

bne IntelliNews August 24, 2022

Across the EU 72% of EU internet users aged 16-74 read online news sites, newspapers or news magazines, but only 59% of Romanians read news online.

Entain buys Croatia’s SuperSport as it expands into Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews August 12, 2022

LSE-listed Entain acquires Croatian gaming and sportsbook operator SuperSport Group in a deal that values the company at €920m.

Population decline to take Emerging Europe back to the early 20th century

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 12, 2022

Population decline across almost all of Emerging Europe will result in the populations of many countries dropping to levels not seen since the early 20th century.

Croatian president says Western sanctions aren’t working

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2022

Often criticised for his soft stance on Moscow, President Zoran Milanovic claims sanctions are hurting Croatia but not Russia.

Drought damage to European grain harvest piles on top of Ukraine war impact

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2022

Extreme heat and droughts across several European countries have led to forecasts for this year’s harvests being reduced.

Huge Chinese-built bridge connects Dubrovnik to rest of Croatia

bne IntelliNews July 26, 2022

Long-awaited opening of Peljesac bridge gives Croatia continuous access along its coastline — despite concerns raised by Bosnia.

Firefighters battle wildfires in Southeast Europe as heatwave spreads east

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2022

The heatwave that caused havoc in Western Europe is now moving north and east, with temperatures in Southeast Europe expected to peak over the weekend.

Electric supercar entrepreneur Mate Rimac invests in Croatian agri-digital company Gruntek

bne IntelliNews July 18, 2022

Gruntek has developed an app allowing Croatians to rent gardens raising organic vegetables near them and pick what is planted there.