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21 Mar 17

Kosovo, Albania Give 'Common Market' Call Thumbs Down

Kosovo's Prime Minister has dismissed calls for a Western Balkan 'common market' as a pointless diversion from the goal of EU membership - while an important union in Albania has reached the same conclusion.

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20 Mar 17

Croatia's Agrokor Must ‘Resolve Complex Issues at Once’

The troubled biggest private company in Croatia, Agrokor, needs to resolve its multiple financial woes all at once, the head researcher at global fixed income specialist Debtwire told BIRN.

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17 Mar 17

Russians May Take Over Croatia's Agrokor, Economist Says

A partial takeover by Russian state banks of the biggest private company in Croatia would have momentous consequences but 'cannot be ruled out', an economist has suggested.

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15 Mar 17

Croatia Govt Admits Secret Meetings With Agrokor

The Croatian government has admitted holding secret meetings with the owner of the biggest private company in the country, Agrokor, over its worsening financial troubles.

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09 Mar 17

Merits of Canada-EU Trade Deal Divide Croatia

Experts, politicians and activists are still at loggerheads over whether the EU-Canada trade agreement, CETA, will help - or harm - Croatia.

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08 Mar 17

'Double Standards' in Food Products Alarms Bulgaria, Romania

Bulgaria and Romania have joined an outcry against multinational food companies, accused of selling lower quality products in Eastern Europe compared to those offered in the Western supermarkets.

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01 Mar 17

Bosnian Entrepreneurs Aim to Treat Stress with Technology

Young programmers in Bosnia hope they can help to relieve stress-related illness at the same time as brightening their own prospects amid high national levels of unemployment.

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28 Feb 17

Croatian Coastal Town Seeks Land for Marina

The coastal town of Ploce has urged Croatia's government not to use its port as a training centre for military special units as this would threaten its plans to build a marina and hotels.

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24 Feb 17

Balkan Retail Giant Agrokor Faces New Troubles

The biggest retail company in Croatia, with a strong presence in the region, faces fresh financial trouble, as its bond prices drop again.

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24 Feb 17

Belgrade Showcases Kosovo Serb Tourism Potential

The Serbian government is promoting the tourist potential of breakaway Kosovo at the Belgrade Tourism and Wine Fair - but only the potential of Serb-run areas.

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22 Feb 17

Macedonia, Croatia Risk Trade War Over Wine

Skopje may make it harder to import Croatian products if Zagreb continues imposing additional non-tariff restrictions on Macedonian wine and delaying imports with lengthy inspections.

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17 Feb 17

Bosnian Military Exports to Middle East Booming

Bosnia’s growing foreign arms sales are a rare export success for the country, although many weapons are going to Saudi Arabia, which has been accused of abuses in the Yemen conflict.

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16 Feb 17

Bosnia Seeks Solutions for Costly Business Disputes

A conference will promote better arbitration to make Bosnia more attractive for potential foreign investors, amid three investment disputes involving the country that could cost it over 700 million euros.

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15 Feb 17

Albanian PM Accused of Breaking Jobs Promise

Prime Minister Edi Rama’s government has failed to keep the promise made during his 2013 election campaign to develop a business climate that would create 300,000 jobs, economists said.

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09 Feb 17

Heating Failures Leave Bulgarian Capital Cold

Failures in the central heating supply have left around of half of the population of the capital, Sofia, in the cold – without knowing when the problem will be resolved.

Premium

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20 Mar 17

Call for Balkan Customs Union Draws Faint Praise

Economists have given calls for a new Balkans customs union a tepid welcome - saying the region’s political instability and poor business framework is a far bigger problem than lack of free trade.

14 Mar 17

Belgrade Makeover: Grand Revamp or Fantasy?

14 Mar 17

Romania Hopes to Become Regional Energy Hub

09 Mar 17

Merits of Canada-EU Trade Deal Divide Croatia

Politics and Society

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30 Mar 17

Italian Police in Venice Arrest Kosovar Suspected Jihadists

Four suspected jihadists from Kosovo – one of whom is a minor - were arrested by Italian police in Venice while reportedly planning an attack on the famous Rialto Bridge. 

Culture and Lifestyle

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Beer Museums: Another Reason to Visit Serbia

You might well think it’s all about rakija (fruit brandy) for Serbs, but the recent opening of a number of beer museums proves otherwise.