Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.
But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.
Populist premier, who will take over EU rotating presidency in July, is accused of proposing "final disintegration of former Yugoslavia".
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.
The current account deficit stood at -3.2% of GDP, the lowest level in modern Bosnian history.
After months of delays, all of the Western Balkans countries have embarked on the vaccination of their populations against coronavirus.
Despite numerous challenges, there are a growing number of successful e-commerce platforms in the Western Balkans region.
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.
Over 4,000 COVID-19 cases daily are being reported in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, putting hospitals under strain.
With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.
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.
Sarajevo University students built the robot Robby Megabyte to perform with Bosnia’s most popular rock band, Dubioza kolektiv.
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.
Research by Sarajevo-based Center for Policy and Governance shows high levels of undeclared and partially work in Western Balkans and Croatia.
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.
A mid-sized power, Turkey wields considerable clout in its near neighbourhood.
Electronics retailer No Limit technology first to enable Bitcoin payments for its electronics in Bosnia’s Sanski Most.
Demand for lithium is set to increase strongly, driven by the growing electric vehicle market as well as electronics and renewables.
But hopes for improvements in Romania and Moldova as reform-minded politicians take power.
Huge islands of waste floating down rivers are a common problem in Southeast Europe.