Serbia

M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

wiiw raises 2021 CEE growth forecast to 3.8%

Robert Anderson in Prague April 16, 2021

But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.

Slovenian PM denies Bosnian media reports on ‘non-paper’ about dividing Bosnia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 14, 2021

Populist premier, who will take over EU rotating presidency in July, is accused of proposing "final disintegration of former Yugoslavia".

COVID cabin fever creates a middle class Balkan jetset

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 9, 2021

With most of Europe under lockdown, holidaymakers from the Western Balkans are jetting off to exotic long haul destinations.

Minister’s Sarajevo genocide denial creates new rift in Montenegro’s ruling coalition

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 6, 2021

PM Zdravko Krivokapic caught between need to prove his government’s pro-EU orientation and the hardline Democratic Front that appointed Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavic.

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

IKEA’s New Europe Empire

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

Getting an IKEA store is a good guide to how developed a country is. And the Swedish furniture store has an uncanny knack for opening their yellow and blue stores exactly at the beginning of a country's rapid growth phase.

Government wants a solar panel on every roof in Serbia

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 31, 2021

Draft law aims to turn Serbia into a nation of energy prosumers as Belgrade pursues energy transition.

Vaccination campaigns launched across Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

After months of delays, all of the Western Balkans countries have embarked on the vaccination of their populations against coronavirus.

Opposition leader Djilas files charges against Serbia's president

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 24, 2021

Dragan Djilas fights back in media war over offshore companies as leading politicians position themselves ahead of next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Weekend of protests against corona restrictions in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews March 21, 2021

Protesters express anger against tighter restrictions and vaccinations as well as a broad range of local issues in Southeast European cities.

E-commerce rising stars of the Western Balkans

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 21, 2021

Despite numerous challenges, there are a growing number of successful e-commerce platforms in the Western Balkans region.

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Central and Southeastern Europe head for a V-shaped recovery

Gunter Deuber and Nicolae Covrig of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna and Bucharest March 19, 2021

The moderate GDP setbacks in 2020 imply that for some CEE countries there will not be such drastic recovery and rebound effects in 2021 as in hard-hit countries in Western Europe.

Bulgaria the latest to announce lockdown as new COVID-19 wave descends on Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews March 18, 2021

Over 4,000 COVID-19 cases daily are being reported in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, putting hospitals under strain.

Serbian minister slams China’s CMEC over slow work on Kostolac B power station expansion

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 18, 2021

Construction of Block 3 at Kostolac B is the biggest project in Serbia's energy sector for three decades but has been slow to complete.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

Serbia to produce Chinese as well as Russian vaccine

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 14, 2021

Serbia to become the first European country to manufacture Sinopharm vaccine with plans to supply the Western Balkans region as well as its own population.

COMMENT: The EIB supports the long-term recovery of the Western Balkans

Lilyana Pavlova vice-president of the European Investment Bank March 11, 2021

The region’s economy needs to be more sustainable and connected, which can only be achieved through the digital and green transformation, writes EIB vice-president Lilyana Pavlova.

Serbian pop superstar takes over Tanjug news agency

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 10, 2021

Eurovision runner-up Zeljko Joksmovic's company Tacno now listed as the publisher of Tanjug news services.

The female voice of change

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2021

Emerging Europe has a growing number of female politicians taking a stand against corruption and authoritarianism.

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