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Journalists in Central, Southeast Europe face harassment, intimidation and violence

bne IntelliNews April 20, 2019

Bulgaria the worst place to be a journalist across the EU and the Balkans, says Reporters Without Borders, but decline in press freedom seen across many countries in the region.

LONG READ: Playing Real Risk - Russia vs US

Ben Aris in Berlin April 18, 2019

I play a game of Risk with my son using the real distribution of great power military bases around the world.

China pledges to boost trade and infrastructure ties with CEE countries

Levente Szilagyi in Budapest April 15, 2019

At the latest 16+1 summit Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed the importance of reciprocal opening-up of the market, and says China will make further efforts to facilitate trade.

COMMENT: EU & the Western Balkans: a win-win constellation at second glance

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna April 8, 2019

At first glance, the enlargement of the EU to include the states of the Western Balkans seems to be an irrelevant trifle for the EU, but on closer inspection it is a good idea as expansion of the EU is not just about business.

Western Balkans: Too small to be the next big thing?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 5, 2019

Central Europe has been enjoying a boom for the last few years driven by investment into export-oriented sectors but as the boom peaks investors are looking south for new locations to set up production.

Rising risks to Western Balkans growth outlook

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 2, 2019

Region is facing growing external and domestic risks, including geopolitical and trade disputes and a slower-than-expected pace of structural reforms, a new World Bank report says.

Kosovo to be fastest-growing economy in Central, Southeast Europe this year as regional boom passes peak

bne IntelliNews March 27, 2019

Once robust expansion is set to slow in coming years, says wiiw report, with the weakest growth in Russia, Turkey and Belarus, while small Southeast European frontier markets are still going strong.

BALKAN BLOG: Beset by protests, Serbia's Vucic turns to the people

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 27, 2019

President Aleksandar Vucic has confirmed that Serbia will hold snap elections, but rather than a submission to protesters’ demands for an early vote, this is a favourite tactic of the Serbian president to reinforce his position.

Western Balkan coal-fired power plants surviving on subsidies

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 25, 2019

All coal-based electricity generation incumbents in aspiring EU members from the region would go bankrupt immediately if they had to respect the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme Directive, Energy Community report finds.

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