Southeast Europe / Features

DATACRUNCH: Serbia makes a strong recovery from a modest crisis

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 15, 2021

Serbia was one of the best performers in the entire emerging Europe region in 2020 and is now on track for rapid growth this year.

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.

The crushing weight of China’s debt burden on Eurasia

bne IntelIiNews September 1, 2021

Emerging European economies were already facing heavy debt burdens before the pandemic. Now it’s worse. Several countries in Eurasia and Emerging Europe are struggling to pay off huge loans they took from China.

bneGreen: Emerging Europe’s perfect storm for illegal logging

bne IntelliNews September 1, 2021

High demand for wood for the booming global furniture market, poverty, persistent corruption and huge areas of sparsely populated forest land combine to create the conditions for illegal logging in Emerging Europe.

Only tough options for Afghans looking to escape north or west

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 29, 2021

The UNHCR has estimated half a million could attempt to flee Taliban rule by year-end, but Central Asia, Iran and Turkey will prove far from welcoming.

$6bn of IMF SDRs will hardly dent Turkey’s net reserves deficit of $41bn

Akin Nazli in Belgrade August 17, 2021

A $2bn swap deal with Korea also provides little but make-up. Turkish central bank has no competitor worldwide in carrying such a huge short FX position.

Stitching Albania’s garment industry back together

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow August 13, 2021

Fashion industry figures have forecast an explosion of consumption in a new “roaring twenties” when the pandemic ends, but rebuilding Albania’s garment and footwear sector won’t be easy.

Local authorities in Romania expect new impetus from regional airports

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 9, 2021

Disappointed by the weak traffic at Oradea airport, the municipality and county authorities decided to set up their own airline.

Azerbaijan’s top cleric under fire for pro-Iran remarks

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet July 27, 2021

The remarks earned the country’s senior Islamic official a rebuke from a senior adviser to Turkey’s president and a smear campaign in Azerbaijani pro-government media.

bneGREEN: Drought causes mass livestock die-offs and irrigation water shortages in Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews July 15, 2021

Studies detect shifts in precipitation patterns in the Tian Shan mountains that supply region with much of its freshwater.

wiiw raises its GDP forecast for 20 out of 23 countries in CEE

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies has raised its GDP growth forecasts for 20 out of 23 countries in Central and Eastern Europe as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic starts to recede.

bneGREEN: What is green?

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Defining green energy and indeed green investments is not an exact science, Determining just how green each of the various energy sources are gets complicated once you start digging into the details.

Changing world gives agrifood tech a boost in Romania

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 4, 2021

Agrifood tech is poised to grow in Romania, which combines one of Europe’s largest agricultural areas with a strong IT sector, say the authors of a new report on the sector.

Romania’s energy blockchain revolution failed before it started

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 30, 2021

The ICOs of two tokens launched in Romania three years ago raised a total of $55mn, but today their values have plunged close to zero and their websites are down. bne IntelliNews investigates where their founders are now.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Scaling back the state

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

The coronacrisis saw the role of the state increase, but post-crisis efforts towards privatisation and a stepping back of the state from the economy are expected.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Small transition states particularly vulnerable to ‘corrosive capital’

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 30, 2021

Countries from the former Yugoslavia have seen a series of un-transparent investments with a geo-political agenda, says think tank CIPE.

S&P: EMEA faster growth, but higher inflation

Ben Aris in Berlin June 29, 2021

Emerging market economies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) are recovering faster than previously expected from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but that has come with higher inflation.

Money laundering disquiet as Turkey's sixth wealth amnesty law expires

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 29, 2021

Erdogan administration even made it possible for assets to be carried into country in a suitcase, with no inquiries posed as to origins.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: ‘Yugo-nostalgia’ fading but not gone

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 28, 2021

Since Yugoslavia started to disintegrate, a whole generation has grown up but there are still some in the region who look back nostalgically.

YUGOSLAVIA 30 YEARS ON: Srebrenica casts a long shadow over regional politics

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 25, 2021

Montenegro’s resolution on the Srebrenica genocide sparks tensions at home and across former Yugoslavia.

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