Radical right Sovereignists vow to force referendum over Croatia’s euro adoption

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2021

As Croatia moves towards euro adoption, Croatian Sovereignists are preparing to battle to defend the kuna.

Croatia’s economy to grow by 5.4% in 2021, IMF says

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2021

Croatia’s economy is expected to post robust growth in 2021 and 2022 mainly thanks to the recovery of the services sector.

Croatia, Serbia and Ukraine were emerging markets with biggest upgrades from Fitch over last five years

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2021

The three emerging Europe countries bucked the overall trend of declining Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Ratings seen across emerging markets.

GLOBSEC: No debt ratio is safe for small EU countries

Ivan Šramko and Sona Muzikarova September 10, 2021

Targeted EU fiscal rule reform is desirable but should consider the inherent risks for smaller member states.

Strong summer tourism season to boost Adriatic economies

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2021

Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Slovenia are reporting that visitor numbers are close to the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

Croatia’s retail trade lifted by strong tourism season

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2021

Retail trade turnover increased in Croatia by 12.8% annually and by 2.2% in monthly terms in July.

Political rifts stymie efforts to fight wildfires in Bosnia

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2021

Local mayor files criminal complaint against President Milorad Dodik after he blocked requests to send army helicopters to put out fires.

First restaurant with food prepared by robotic chefs to open in Zagreb

bne IntelliNews August 15, 2021

Croatia-based GammaChef robots are capable of preparing one-pot dishes.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Reflections on Metternich and the Austrian Balkans

Marcus How in Vienna August 11, 2021

The region that comprised the former Yugoslavia has strongly influenced Austria and continues to do so.

Croatian Bazzar receives growth equity investment from EMMA Capital Group

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo August 10, 2021

Investment to be used to strengthen Bazzar’s market position in Croatia and expand to international markets.

Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures joins Croatian robotics firm Gideon’s Series A funding round

bne IntelliNews August 10, 2021

Funding round will accelerate the development and commercialisation of Gideon Brothers’ AI & 3D vision-based autonomous mobile robots.

Erste Group revises upwards CEE region’s 2021 growth outlook

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2021

CEE lender cites region’s outstanding resilience during the pandemic and the expected positive impact from the EU’s recovery fund.

Canadian blockchain developer ChainSafe acquires Croatia's Node Factory

bne IntelliNews July 26, 2021

Toronto-based blockchain development and engineering solutions company bought blockchain R&D firm based in Zagreb after collaborating on Lodestar project.

Looming new coronavirus wave prompts vaccination push in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2021

With the delta variant starting to spread in Southeast Europe, officials are warning of a new wave of the pandemic that may put pressure on hospitals as early as August or September.

Natural disasters caused €80mn of damage to Croatian agriculture in 2021

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2021

Frost, flooding and pests all damaged crops in Croatia this year, raising fears of price increases.

BRICKS & MORTAR: Residential real estate markets bounce back in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews July 21, 2021

Strong recovery after spring 2020 lockdowns partly driven by demand for houses and rural properties, but prices remain among the lowest in Europe.

European Commission slams Bulgaria on rule of law, Slovenia on media freedom

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia, Iulian Ernst in Bucharest, Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 20, 2021

Highly critical European Commission report issued as Sofia tries to sack chief prosecutor Ivan Geshev, who has thwarted efforts by the caretaker government to investigate top-level corruption. Shortcomings reported in other SEE EU members.

CEE dealmaking back at pre-COVID levels in H1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2021

The first half was particularly strong in the mid-market and smaller-ticket segment.

EU to grant Croatia's Rimac Automobili €200mn to develop driverless taxi

bne IntelliNews July 11, 2021

Electric supercar producer to receive funding under €6.3bn Recovery and Resilience Plan for Croatia.

wiiw raises its GDP forecast for 20 out of 23 countries in CEE

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies has raised its GDP growth forecasts for 20 out of 23 countries in Central and Eastern Europe as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic starts to recede.