wiiw hikes 2021 CEE growth forecast to 5.4%

Robert Anderson in Prague October 21, 2021

Growth is predicted to fall to 3.7% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 because of base effects, monetary tightening and more significant external headwinds.

Changed travel patterns give the eastern Adriatic a strong summer season

Clare Nuttall in Zagreb October 17, 2021

There were some major changes in the source countries of travellers to the region as the continued coronavirus threat forced people to switch to different holiday destinations.

CEE needs to speed up transition to new growth model, argues GLOBSEC report

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2021

Annual CEE Strategic Transformation Index puts Slovenia top in CEE (after Austria), followed by Czechia and Poland.

CEE/SEE countries unite in defence of nuclear power

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2021

EU’s pro-nuclear member states want nuclear energy to be included in the bloc's green taxonomy as a way to ameliorate climate change.

Von der Leyen says EU has to deliver on enlargement

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 6, 2021

EU leaders reaffirmed their support for enlargement at summit in Slovenia, but they did not set any firm timeline.

Journalists threaten strike over resignation of Slovenian news agency director

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 30, 2021

PM Janez Jansa’s rightwing government cut off funding for Slovenian news agency STA in 2020, sparking criticism from the European Commission and international media watchdogs.

bneGREEN: Ljubljana suffers worst deluge in 160 years

bne IntelliNews September 30, 2021

Water surged inside homes, hospitals and other buildings, and flooded the vaults of the modern art museum. Extreme weather events in Slovenia are expected to increase as global temperatures rise.

Slovenian opposition parties sign cooperation deal to take on PM Janez Jansa

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 28, 2021

Four opposition parties agreed to form coalition after next year’s general election as they seek to oust Jansa’s rightwing SDS from power.

Backlash against efforts to force citizens to get vaccinated in Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2021

As low vaccination rates facilitated a new wave of the pandemic, governments are barring entry to malls, night clubs and other venues to those without a coronavirus certificate.

Growth of output prices in Slovenia speeds up to 7.7% y/y in August

bne IntelliNews September 21, 2021

The PPI index started to increase rapidly at the beginning of 2021.

GLOBSEC: No debt ratio is safe for small EU countries

Ivan Šramko and Sona Muzikarova September 10, 2021

Targeted EU fiscal rule reform is desirable but should consider the inherent risks for smaller member states.

bneGreen: Meat’s animal-free future

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 8, 2021

Startups in emerging Europe developing alternative proteins are part of a growing movement aimed at helping to fight climate change and feed the world’s expanding population.

Iskratel and Ukrtelecom launch €12mn fibre network expansion project in Ukraine

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2021

New three-year partnership between Iskratel and Ukrtelecom will provide more than 300 locations in various Ukrainian regions with gigabit-capable connectivity.

Strong summer tourism season to boost Adriatic economies

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2021

Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Slovenia are reporting that visitor numbers are close to the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

Anti-vaxxers storm public broadcaster's office in Ljubljana

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 5, 2021

Protesters managed to get into the news studio before the police intervened.

Slovenian president urges EU to make enlargement a priority

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 1, 2021

Borut Pahor warns failure to launch accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia will lead to rising nationalism and influence from ‘third countries’ in the region.

Slovenia’s GDP jumps 16.3% y/y in 2Q21 boosted by strong growth in manufacturing sector

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2021

Economic activity in the second quarter approached the pre-crisis level, as the COVID-19 epidemic subsided, but a new wave of infections has since grown.

Slovenia’s inflation speeds up slightly to 2.1% y/y in August

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2021

Slovenia’s consumer price growth accelerated despite lower food prices reported in August.

Western Balkans countries quick to accept Afghan refugees as migration debate reopens in Brussels

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2021

Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia will temporarily host Afghan refugees waiting for US visas.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Reflections on Metternich and the Austrian Balkans

Marcus How in Vienna August 11, 2021

The region that comprised the former Yugoslavia has strongly influenced Austria and continues to do so.