SMEs are under-represented in international trade and their contribution to value added remains low, the latest SME Policy Index finds.
The victory for Stevo Pendarovski is a validation of the ruling coalition’s pro-western approach, prioritising Nato and EU integration.
The poor showing for their candidate in the first round of the presidential election shocked North Macedonia’s ruling coalition, which has pledged to wipe out incompetent officials as it fights for the votes of the ethnic Albanian minority.
Southeast Europe enjoys a largely free and vibrant press, but an index developed by consultant Keshif shows that the press is coming under pressure and diversity and quality are slipping.
Voting will go to second round as Stevo Pendarovski was less than one percentage point ahead of opposition candidate Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova in election that revealed deep divisions over country’s recent name change.
Bulgaria the worst place to be a journalist across the EU and the Balkans, says Reporters Without Borders, but decline in press freedom seen across many countries in the region.