Small countries in Balkans and South Caucasus most exposed to tourism industry collapse

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2020

No one knows if there will be a summer tourism season at all in 2020, which is bad news for the countries that generate around a quarter of their GDP from the sector.

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.

Keep calm and carry crypto

Clare Nuttall in Ljubljana March 23, 2020

Tech startup Eligma has already popularised cryptocurrency payments in Slovenia. Now the company is keeping its operations going to enable contactless payments for groceries and other essentials.

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.

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.

Slovenian GDP growth forecast for 2020 halved to 1.5%

bne IntelliNews March 12, 2020

Slovenian government-related institute IMAD has halved its GDP growth forecast for 2020 to 1.5% from 3% due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Moving towards zero waste tourism in Slovenia

Clare Nuttall in Bled Slovenia March 4, 2020

Sustainability and green tourism are central to Slovenia’s tourist offering, but as visitor numbers grow so does the volume of waste they generate. Now hotels, festival organisers and NGOs are fighting back.

Bulgaria tightens controls on border with Turkey

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 1, 2020

Sofia reinforced its borders after reports that hundreds of migrants were heading to Turkey's borders with Greece and Bulgaria.