Bosnia & Herzegovina

CEE companies weather the COVID-19 crisis

Robert Anderson in Prague May 23, 2022

Prompt and decisive government intervention, financial lifelines and firms’ involvement in global value chains have helped minimise insolvencies, says EIB/EBRD report.

Borrell says EU should step up engagement in Western Balkans to counter Russia threat

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2022

EU high commissioner warns decision of most candidate countries to align to the EU sanction policy exposes them to threats from Russia.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Public debt starts to decline in the Western Balkans

bne IntelliNews May 8, 2022

Across the region, the average publicly guaranteed debt to GDP ratio fell from 60.8% of GDP in 2020 to 56.5% in 2021, a World Bank report shows.

Western Balkan countries face new economic challenges with growth set to slow to 3.1% this year

bne IntelliNews May 6, 2022

The war in Ukraine sends shockwaves across the region and the World Bank warns of "daunting" downside risks to the current outlook.

Where the 11 Southeast European states stand on the Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2022

Southeast Europe is split over the issues of sanctions on Russia and military aid to Ukraine, with some states firmly in the western camp, some staying neutral and others internally torn.

Emerging Europe growth to fall to an average of 3% this year, says wiiw

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2022

Russian GDP forecast to fall by 9-15% this year, while Ukraine's economy could collapse by 38-45%.

US sanctions high-profile Western Balkan politicians

bne IntelliNews April 11, 2022

North Macedonia's former PM Nikola Gruevski among seven current and former officials blacklisted over activities that "threaten the stability of the region".

Court orders Unicredit Bank Banja Luka to pay €130mn compensation to cryptocurrency miner

bne IntelliNews April 1, 2022

Verdict issued in largest cryptocurrency dispute in Europe after failure of Bitminer Factory's project to mine cryptocurrencies in the Bosnian town of Gradiska.

EBRD slashes 2022 growth forecasts but only nations embroiled in war to enter recession

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2022

Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

IMF says the war in Ukraine presents new challenges for Bosnia

bne IntelliNews March 28, 2022

The IMF expects growth to moderate to 2.5% this year and average annual inflation to accelerate to 6.5%, but its forecast is subject to high uncertainty.

COMMENT: Roma civil society can learn from both mistakes and local successes to make inclusion work

Andrew Ryder, Nidhi Trehan, Marius Taba March 22, 2022

There is deep disappointment over the rate of progress of various Roma inclusion policies of the European Union during the last few decades.

Balkan flashpoints after Russia's invasion of Ukraine

bne IntelliNews March 20, 2022

Since the invasion of Ukraine, there have been warnings of Russian efforts to destabilise the Western Balkans.

Bosnian, US officials condemn Russian threat over Bosnia’s Nato accession

bne IntelliNews March 18, 2022

Russian ambassador told Bosnians to look at Ukraine example should it join the western security alliance.

BALKAN BLOG: The world has changed, it’s time for EU enlargement to change too

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 16, 2022

Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and most of the Western Balkans states have made a clear choice in favour of Western integration.

MEPs urge Bosnia's Dodik to cut Kremlin ties

bne IntelliNews March 16, 2022

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik sought to reassure MEPs that he does not aim to break up Bosnia, but this comes in contrast to his secessionist rhetoric of recent years.

Serbians blame US and Nato for Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews March 14, 2022

A majority of Serbians blame the US and Nato for the war in Ukraine, while just over a quarter blame Russia, a new poll shows.

CEE's arms industry seeks to profit from new Cold War

bne IntelliNews March 8, 2022

Central and Eastern Europe’s arms industry should also benefit from the shift of defence up the list of political priorities.

Women in emerging Europe have 86% of the economic rights given to men

bne IntelliNews March 7, 2022

With the exception of Latvia, women in countries across the region are among the almost 2.4bn worldwide that don’t enjoy the same economic rights as men.

Sber cuts loose its European operations

Robert Anderson in Prague March 2, 2022

The Russian bank's Central and Southeastern European operations are being quickly sold to other banks or wound down.