Serbian officials blame bomb hoaxes that paralysed Belgrade on refusal to sanction Russia

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2022

Primary schools, shopping malls and restaurants were targeted by hundreds of bomb threats on May 16, shutting down much of the Serbian capital.

Borrell says EU should step up engagement in Western Balkans to counter Russia threat

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2022

EU high commissioner warns decision of most candidate countries to align to the EU sanction policy exposes them to threats from Russia.

bneGREEN: Serbia’s new era of digital agriculture

Clare Nuttall in Belgrade May 16, 2022

Digitisation of agriculture is already helping farmers to respond to climate change and raise production, according to the BioSense Institute in Serbia’s Novi Sad.

President says Serbia suffering from refusal to join sanctions on Russia

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2022

Serbia is missing out on investments because of its stance, President Aleksandar Vucic says, but stands by decision not to join sanctions on its old ally.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Public debt starts to decline in the Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews May 8, 2022

Across the region, the average publicly guaranteed debt to GDP ratio fell from 60.8% of GDP in 2020 to 56.5% in 2021, a World Bank report shows.

Western Balkan countries face new economic challenges with growth set to slow to 3.1% this year

bne IntelliNews May 6, 2022

The war in Ukraine sends shockwaves across the region and the World Bank warns of "daunting" downside risks to the current outlook.

Serbia to get Europe's largest agro-solar plant

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo May 5, 2022

Fintel Energija and MK Group signed a memorandum of understanding with PowerChina on the €340mn Agrosolar project in Kula.

Where the 11 Southeast European states stand on the Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2022

Southeast Europe is split over the issues of sanctions on Russia and military aid to Ukraine, with some states firmly in the western camp, some staying neutral and others internally torn.

Construction of Alexandroupolis LNG terminal launched to help reduce Balkans’ dependence on Russian gas

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 3, 2022

Greece is set to become a major gas supplier for the Balkans region, as investments aimed at achieving independence from Russian gas accelerate across Europe.

Serbia’s pro-Russian media turn on Putin

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2022

Russia risks losing one of its last remaining European friends after President Vladimir Putin hints Moscow may drop support for Serbia on Kosovo issue.

Emerging Europe growth to fall to an average of 3% this year, says wiiw

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2022

Russian GDP forecast to fall by 9-15% this year, while Ukraine's economy could collapse by 38-45%.

Exports of Serbian ICT services amounted to €347mn in 2M22

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo April 26, 2022

Exports of ICT services were up by 42.7% compared to the same period of last year, Prime Minister Ana Brnabic announced.

Expected IPOs of major state companies to revive Belgrade stock exchange

Clare Nuttall in Belgrade April 25, 2022

New start for the Belex after the government’s adoption of a capital markets development strategy and the Athens Stock Exchange’s acquisition of a 10.24% equity stake.

Vucic doubles down on no sanctions position as Russian gas deal deadline approaches

bne IntelliNews April 24, 2022

Serbia is preparing to sign a new long-term gas deal with Russia, and has resisted pressure from the EU and and US to join western sanctions over the war in Ukraine.

Serbia won’t abandon Russia as West mulls ever-tighter sanctions

Clare Nuttall in Belgrade April 15, 2022

Refusal to impose sanctions on traditional ally Russia risks permanently damaging Serbia’s relations with the West and EU accession prospects.

Serbia’s new Chinese anti-aircraft system fuels fears of Balkan arms race

bne IntelliNews April 14, 2022

Weaponry arrived at a time of concern over the stability of the Western Balkans following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Are broad coalitions really the best way to overthrow authoritarian populists?

Robert Anderson in Prague April 12, 2022

The Hungarian election has dealt a big blow to the once confident hope that broad opposition pre-electoral coalitions are the best way to remove entrenched authoritarian populists from power.

Protest in Belgrade as observers point to shortcomings in Serbian elections

Clare Nuttall in Belgrade April 5, 2022

Several hundred people protested in Belgrade on the evening of April 4, the day after Serbia held general, presidential and local elections, demanding a recount of the votes.

Serbia’s Vucic claims victory in presidential and general elections

Clare Nuttall in Belgrade April 4, 2022

Vucic says that the war in Ukraine had a huge impact on the results of the elections, causing Serbia to move dramatically to the right.