Coronavirus infections accelerate in several Southeast European countries

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2020

The growth in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has accelerated recently in Croatia, Romania and Serbia.

Coronavirus epidemic approaches exponential growth stage in some CEE countries

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 24, 2020

Cases have doubled in less than three days in several countries in the region, as governments desperately fight back with lockdowns.

Serbia follows Chinese playbook on fighting coronavirus epidemic

bne IntelliNews March 24, 2020

Serbia has introduced tough new measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 after appealing to China for help.

Citizens fear unscrupulous leaders will take advantage of lockdowns

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 23, 2020

Restricting social interaction is a vital part of the efforts to delay the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, but in some countries people fear politicians will use the opportunity for their own ends.

Coronavirus crisis to widen rich/poor gap within Central and Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 19, 2020

Convergence to be reversed as the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic is set to be deeper and longer in the CIS, Ukraine, Turkey and the Western Balkans than in the EU member states of Central and Southeast Europe.

THE MITTELEUROPEAN VIEW: Looking for LUV — what shape will Europe’s recovery from this existential crisis be?

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna with support from colleagues in Vienna & across the CEE region March 18, 2020

There is a new acronym in the economists' lexicon: VUCA. It is short for “Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous” as pundits are struggling to explain a crisis that is coming at us from all sides simultaneously.

North Macedonia and Serbia to postpone general elections

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje and Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 17, 2020

April elections to be postponed as the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase in both countries.

wiiw slashes 2020 growth forecast for CESEE to just 1.1%

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 17, 2020

Vienna-based think tank expects the coronavirus pandemic to result in the worst year for the region since the global financial crisis.

Serbia to spend its way out of coronavirus crisis

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 12, 2020

Belgrade announces an additional €200mn for investment projects and issues "staycation" vouchers to citizens to help local resorts weather the crisis.

CEE/CIS populations believe in gender equality in education but not in business or politics

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2020

More than 100 years since International Women’s Day was declared a national holiday in post-revolutionary Russia, a new survey from the UNDP reveals gender bias is still widespread across the region.

Komercijalna banka privatisation makes room for US soft influence in Serbia

Ivana Jovanovic in San Antonio March 5, 2020

The arrival of American capital in the Serbian banking sector, via Slovenian lender NLB, will help US efforts to fight back against Moscow’s influence in Serbia.

CONFERENCE CALL: Passion and pragmatism in the Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in London March 3, 2020

Western Balkan prime ministers discussed the need for infrastructure investment and the removal of barriers to regional trade at the EBRD Western Balkans Investment Summit.

EU, US divided over Kosovan PM's decision to partially lift tariffs

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 1, 2020

Albin Kurti's announcement that Pristina will lift tariffs on raw materials imported from Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina met with very different responses from the EU and US.

Montenegro's President Djukanovic says Serbia, Russia attempting to undermine independence

bne IntelliNews March 1, 2020

Djukanovic says Serbia and Russia are using the Serbian Orthodox Church to undermine his country’s pro-Western government amid protests against a controversial church law.