Former Kosovan PM says pensions at risk after SVB, Credit Suisse crises

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 20, 2023

Avdullah Hoti warns failure to appoint new board at state-run Pension Saving Trust leaves €2.5bn invested in financial markets at the “mercy of fate”.

Serbian opposition slam Vucic over talks with Kosovo

bne IntelliNews March 20, 2023

President Aleksandar Vucic moved closer to a deal with Kosovo at this weekend's Ohrid summit but faces fierce opposition at home.

Vucic and Kurti agree on implementation of EU deal but don't sign it

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 19, 2023

Leaders of Serbia and Kosovo move closer to normalisation of their relations at marathon session of EU-mediated meetings.

Kosovo posts GDP growth of 3.55% in 4Q22

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2023

World Bank expects Kosovo's economy expanded by 3.1% in 2022, with growth to speed up to 3.7% this year.

Has Southeast Europe come of age as an investment destination?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 15, 2023

The Western Balkan countries are following the path established by Central Europe that emerged as a prominent manufacturing and services hub early in the transition period.

Vucic and Kurti end meeting without agreement but talks will continue

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 27, 2023

Meeting was focused on the latest EU proposal on normalisation of relations between Serbia and Kosovo.

Warnings Russia trying to thwart Serbia-Kosovo deal ahead of crucial summit

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 26, 2023

Resolution of the conflict would remove much of the leverage that Moscow currently has over Serbia.

Kosovo’s annual HICP inflation stands at 12.1% in January

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2023

Kosovo entered an inflationary cycle in February 2021 and the annual inflation rate reached double digits in March 2022, but the slowdown started last August.

15 years after independence, is Kosovo on the verge of a breakthrough?

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 16, 2023

Despite months of tensions and occasional violence between Kosovo Albanians and Serbs, there are hopes that Pristina may finally be heading for a negotiated settlement with Belgrade.

More gloom ahead as EBRD cuts 2023 growth forecasts

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2023

The EBRD lowered its forecasts for more than half its 36 countries of operation, anticipating average growth of just 2.1% this year.

IMF: Charting globalization’s turn to 'slowbalization' after world financial crisis

Jeff Kearns of the IMF February 9, 2023

The free flow of ideas, people, goods, services, and capital across national borders leads to greater economic integration. But globalization, the trend toward these things moving ever more freely between nations, has slowed in recent years.

CEE management schools shrug off threat of distance-learning programmes

Kester Eddy in Budapest February 9, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed CEE students towards Western online MBA courses, but they are now returning to face-to-face studies, say the region's business school heads.

COMMENT: The new Cold War will be different, and not only because of China

Peter Szopo February 6, 2023

Mercantilism is also replacing globalisation, and the US has a declining interest in European affairs.

INTERVIEW: Helen Rodwell, head of CMS’ corporate practice in CEE

Robert Anderson in Prague February 4, 2023

Dealmaking in Central Europe is set to rebound, says law firm's long-standing Prague managing partner, as new kinds of investor move into the region.

Raised tempers over Kosovo spark scuffle in Serbian parliament

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 2, 2023

Opposition MPs interrupted President Aleksandar Vucic’s speech chanting "Treason" and "We don't give up Kosovo”.

RBI's 2022 profits soar to €3.6bn, with Russian operations representing more than half

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2023

The Austrian lender, which has become more and more reliant on its Russian business over the years, is still rethinking its presence in the country.

Geopolitics overshadows Western Balkan nearshoring ambitions

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 1, 2023

Friendshoring has replaced nearshoring after the invasion of Ukraine, benefiting Western-aligned states but causing a shift away from Serbia.

Only Hungary and Russia heading for recession in 2023 as Emerging Europe shows its resilience

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 1, 2023

wiiw believes that most countries of the region have “probably already digested” most of the economic shock caused by the Ukraine war, provided Russia does not escalate the conflict further.

M&A in Emerging Europe fell by 20% to €32.93bn in 2022

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2023

The weak macroeconomic backdrop and the spectre of possible recession are likely to stifle M&A in the coming months, according to the annual CMS/Emis Emerging Europe M&A Report.

Italy pushes for investments into Western Balkan strategic sectors

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 30, 2023

Benefiting from its geographic proximity and historic ties, Italy is already one of the top investors and trading partners of the Western Balkan countries.