Southeast Europe / Opinion

COMMENT: Southeast Europe the growth star in CEE banking, but the profit pool is elsewhere

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna July 16, 2019

The core message for bankers and investors active in the CEE region should be: close to old records, potential for more but watch out for late cycle phenomena.

OPINION: Kosovo must not condone “murder by media” of powerful women

Anne Jolis and Hugo Stride July 12, 2019

In Europe’s youngest country, media freedom is flourishing — yet a controversial story published by a leading broadsheet has turned the spotlight on the serious risks to press freedom and gender equality that remain.

Timothy Ash on trying to figure out the Turkish sacking of the central bank governor story

Timothy Ash Senior Sovereign Strategist at BlueBay Asset Management in London July 8, 2019

On June 6 Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his new executive president to sacked the governor of the Turkish central bank and markets tanked. What happens next?

COMMENT: Albania and North Macedonia's EU bids stymied by French political machinations

Ben Aris in Berlin July 1, 2019

The bids from Albania and Northern Macedonia have been bogged down by France, which is using the desire of some EU members to let the two small countries in as a bargaining chip in the hope of screwing concessions for its own agenda, says OSW.

OPINION: The 29th state

Hugo F. H. Stride in Tirana June 28, 2019

As Tirana burns, Junker’s vision of a 29th European state in the Western Balkans smoulders.

TURKEY INSIGHT: Imamoglu earthquake — Has Erdogan thrown in the towel?

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 24, 2019

Don’t waste too much time on this question. Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not thrown in the towel. This conjuror, this polariser, who has made life in Turkey miserable for so many Turks since 2002, will be back for another round.

Why it’s tempting to think the Istanbul revote will bring about the end of Erdogan

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 20, 2019

If this Machiavellian survivor loses, things might soon entirely unravel in a snap election. If he wins, it might be at the cost of hugely tarnishing his democratic legitimacy.

EU enlargement debate: Waiting for a differentiated “North Macedonia breakthrough”

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna June 18, 2019

A move away from the “package solution” of a simultaneous start to accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia is needed. North Macedonia is the less politically controversial candidate and is in a better position economically.