Environment for SMEs improved in Western Balkans, Turkey but potential still unexploited

bne IntelliNews May 7, 2019

SMEs are under-represented in international trade and their contribution to value added remains low, the latest SME Policy Index finds.

Governing coalition’s candidate wins presidential election runoff in North Macedonia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 6, 2019

The victory for Stevo Pendarovski is a validation of the ruling coalition’s pro-western approach, prioritising Nato and EU integration.

Will operation “Broom” sweep pro-western Pendarovski to North Macedonia’s presidency?

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 25, 2019

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.

COLCHIS: Media Sustainability in Eurasia: What does the Data Say?

Ashwed Patil of Keshif April 25, 2019

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.

Pro-western candidate leads slightly in first round of North Macedonia’s presidential election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 22, 2019

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.

Journalists in Central, Southeast Europe face harassment, intimidation and violence

bne IntelliNews April 20, 2019

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.