Serbia

French President Macron pledges to restart Serbia-Kosovo dialogue

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 17, 2019

Macron says some external powers "have an interest" in making sure no deal is reached between Serbia and Kosovo, after normalisation talks stalled.

COMMENT: Southeast Europe the growth star in CEE banking, but the profit pool is elsewhere

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna July 16, 2019

The core message for bankers and investors active in the CEE region should be: close to old records, potential for more but watch out for late cycle phenomena.

Four bidders expected for Kosovo’s Ipko

bne IntelliNews July 14, 2019

The planned sale of Telekom Slovenije’s Kosovan subsidiary Ipko is the latest move towards consolidation in the Balkan telecoms sector, Fitch Solutions writes.

Serbia’s central bank makes surprise cut to key rate

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 11, 2019

The National Bank of Serbia lowered the key rate to 2.75% after keeping it at 3% for thirteen consecutive months.

BALKAN BLOG: Balkan divisions on display at bad-tempered Sarajevo summit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 10, 2019

The brawl at Sarajevo airport between Bosnian border guards and Turkish President Erdogan’s security was the only time things turned physical, but it came on top of a whole series of acrimonious verbal clashes between Southeast European politicians.

Central European economies decouple from Eurozone slowdown

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 9, 2019

Economists from wiiw have revised upwards their forecasts for Central and Southeast European economies as wage-driven growth has stopped them from following the eurozone into a slowdown.

Central, Eastern and Southeast European sovereigns to return to debt markets on large scale in 2020, Raiffeisen says

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 9, 2019

Governments of Central and Southeast Europe have already secured most of the funding they need for this year, but with more obligations maturing in 2020 they are expected to return to the markets on a large scale next year

EU takes measures to strengthen links with Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitriveska in Skopje July 5, 2019

€180mn of funding proposed at Poznan summit, shortly after the European Council deferred its decision on the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

Rainbow flag flies over CEE, but attitudes to LGBT vary vastly

Ben Aris in Berlin July 4, 2019

North Macedonia held its first ever gay pride march on June 29 with up to 1,000 people attending the event. There were pride marches in nearly all the CEE countries but the experience in each country is vastly different.

Serbia/Kosovo summit cancelled

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 23, 2019

Kosovan president blames "hasty, uncoordinated and wrongful decisions" by officials in Pristina, which he says have damaged the country's standing with its international partners.

Subsidies for coal power three times higher than for renewables in Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 23, 2019

Three Western Balkan states paid €444mn in direct subsidies to coal-fired plants and just €147mn for the production of energy from renewable sources in 2015-2017, a report from the Energy Community showed.

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