Southeast Europe / Features

Armenia’s Pashinyan, Turkey’s Erdogan set for unprecedented face-to-face Prague meeting

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan October 6, 2022

Encounter is “huge” says analyst. However, hopes for a breakthrough in resolving Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict are low.

Czechs try to transform EU's relationship with Israel

Robert Anderson in Prague October 3, 2022

As the current rotating president of the European Union, Prague has convened a meeting of the long moribund EU Israel Association to try to boost EU links with the Jewish state.

East and West clash in Bulgaria’s snap general election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 29, 2022

Old alliances have broken down, with Russian vs Western orientation becoming the biggest dividing line in Bulgarian politics.

Old faces set to keep ruling Bosnia post-election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 29, 2022

The main nationalist parties are expected to retain their leading positions in Sunday’s elections, with hopes for reforms fading away once again.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

BRUEGEL: National policies to shield consumers from rising energy prices

Giovanni Sgaravatti for Bruegel, Simone Tagliapietra for Bruegel, Georg Zachmann for Bruegel September 26, 2022

The current increase in wholesale energy prices in Europe has prompted governments to try to shield consumers from the direct impact of an energy crisis that is sweeping the Continent and the rising prices that are costing hundreds of billions.

Kazakhstan offers Europe chance to kick its Russian uranium habit

Aida Kadyrzhanova in Almaty September 26, 2022

Obstacle to hopes is Russia’s ownership of 40% of world's uranium conversion infrastructure, vital to making nuclear fuel.

Stagflation taking North Macedonia back to the 80s

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 26, 2022

Soaring prices have left citizens struggling to cover food and transport costs and worried about how they will afford to heat their homes during the winter ahead.

Desperate Southeast Europe governments scramble for energy resources

bne IntelliNews September 23, 2022

Facing a cold winter, Southeast European countries look to coal from Indonesia, gas from Azerbaijan and oil from Iran.

DATACRUNCH: Europe's energy crisis in charts

Ben Aris in Berlin September 22, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin's two most powerful weapons in his conflict with the West are inflation and power prices.

Amid global energy crisis Balkan states reach out to energy-rich Azerbaijan

Fuad Shahbazov in Durham September 15, 2022

With the deepening energy crisis in the West triggered by Russia's intervention in Ukraine, European countries including Bulgaria and Serbia are eyeing alternative suppliers for additional natural gas volumes.

Fears more Emerging Europe airlines to follow Romania’s stricken Blue Air

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2022

After surviving the pandemic thanks to generous government support, smaller airlines are now struggling with soaring fuel and labour costs.

Eastern EU governments under pressure to act on rising living costs

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2022

Discontent is growing in Central and Southeast European countries that are suffering the highest inflation in the EU, pumped up by soaring food and energy prices.

Croatia’s quirky museum chains are going international

bne IntelliNews September 4, 2022

Croatia’s Museum of Hangovers launched in Shanghai, following the international expansion of the Zagreb-born Museum of Illusions and Museum of Broken Relationships.

Multiple crises push Moldova’s economy into stagnation

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 31, 2022

A severe drought comes on top of international inflationary pressures and the impact of the war in neighbouring Ukraine.

TikTok trending Albania heads for record summer tourist season

Clare Nuttall in Saranda August 20, 2022

With holidaymakers squeezed by the rising cost of living, Albania's reputation as a budget destination has become a major selling point.

Nightmare scenarios haunt Turks as Syrian Kurds carry out military assaults on Turkish soil

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 19, 2022

Attacks come as Turkey’s president Erdogan prepares country for another dizzying U-turn when it comes to Syrian counterpart and foe Assad.

The economic war with Russia has already cost the West $380bn

Ben Aris in Berlin August 19, 2022

The economic war that the West launched against Russia in the days following the invasion of Ukraine has already cost developing nations $379bn, analysts estimate.

Population decline to take Emerging Europe back to the early 20th century

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 12, 2022

Population decline across almost all of Emerging Europe will result in the populations of many countries dropping to levels not seen since the early 20th century.

Serbia’s push into Africa revives old Cold War ties

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 24, 2022

Belgrade is reviving ties forged during Yugoslavia’s time as a leader of the non-aligned movement now a new Cold War is looming.