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balkan-retail-giant-agrokor-face-new-troubles-02-24-2017
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, causing its bonds to drop again.

office-for-kosovo-presenting-tourism-potentials-of-kosovo-on-tourism-and-vine-fair-02-24-2017
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.

macedonia-croatia-risk-trade-war-over-wine-02-21-2017
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.

bosnian-military-exports-to-middle-east-booming-02-16-2017
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.

conference-aims-to-help-boost-bosnian-commercial-dispute-settlement-02-15-2017
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.

experts-believe-albania-government-didn-t-keep-jobs-promises-02-14-2017
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.

heating-supply-crisis-troubles-sofia-citizens-02-08-2017
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.

croatian-consumers-not-benefiting-from-food-retailers-competition-02-03-2017
06 Feb 17

Croatia Shoppers Not Benefitting From Big Food Chains

Big foreign food retail chains continuing to enlarge their share of the market in Croatia will not result in consumers finding cheaper products on the shelves, an expert has warned.

russia-eyes-reviving-gas-projects-in-bulgaria-02-03-2017
03 Feb 17

Putin Eyes Renewing Energy Projects With Bulgaria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signalled that he ready to revive gas projects with Bulgaria - despite the Kremlin's disappointment over the failure of the South Stream pipeline back in 2014.

eu-stats-not-showing-croatia-s-drop-of-employment-02-03-2017
03 Feb 17

Stats Show Fewer Workers - and Fewer Jobless - in Croatia

New EU and national statistics for December show the unemployment rate has fallen sharply in Croatia - but, less cheeringly, the number of people in work has also dropped.

experts-split-upon-croatia-s-historic-industry-growth-01-31-2017
01 Feb 17

Croatia’s Industrial Growth Leap Divides Economists

Croatia’s announcement that industrial production grew by a staggering 14.9 per cent year-on-year - the biggest rise in 16 years - drew conflicting assessments from economic analysts.

bosnian-serbian-delegation-launches-charm-offensive-in-saudi-arabia-01-30-2017
31 Jan 17

Bosnia, Serbia Launch Joint Trade Offensive in Saudi Arabia

The first joint delegation by trade officials from Bosnia and Serbia to visit Saudi Arabia aims to create a united front for the two Balkan states when it comes to boosting arms exports, analysts say. 

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20 Jan 17

Bulgaria, Serbia Voice High Hopes About Gas Pipeline

Ministers of Bulgaria and Serbia have agreed a gas interconnector should become fully operational by 2020, helping both countries reduce their dependency on Russian energy.

plan-to-taking-croatian-oil-fields-in-syria-uncertain-01-12-2017
13 Jan 17

Croatian Plan to Regain Syrian Oil Fields Queried

Top Croatian energy expert expresses doubt about claims that the energy company INA can retake control over its abandoned oil and gas fields in war-torn Syria.

croatian-central-bank-euro-wishes-show-discrepancy--01-10-2017
11 Jan 17

Croatia Bank’s Hope of Introducing Euro Questioned

The Croatian National Bank wants to introduce the euro, but an economics expert warned that the public debt and current state budget are not favourable for such a move at the moment.

Premium

bosnia-s-two-entities-are-racing-to-the-bottom-02-23-2017
23 Feb 17

Bosnia’s Two Entities Are Racing to the Bottom

With high unemployment rates, little investment, a culture of excessive spending, high debts and blocked IMF program, Bosnia's two entities seem to be engaged in race to complete bankruptcy.

13 Feb 17

Macedonia Pays Dear to Lure Foreign Investors

27 Jan 17

China Sees Belgrade Bank as Route into Europe

18 Jan 17

Serbia Urged to Build on Results of 2016

17 Jan 17

Young Albanians Strike Gold in the Emirates

Politics and Society

safety-of-journalists-in-kosovo-02-24-2017
24 Feb 17

Kosovo Authorities ‘Failing to Punish Journalists’ Attackers’

Representatives of journalists in Kosovo accused the authorities of failing to arrest and prosecute perpetrators of attacks on reporters, even when the victims were killed.

Culture and Lifestyle

fest-remains-serbia-s-most-vital-and-provocative-film-festival-02-15-2017

FEST Remains Serbia's Most Vital and Provocative Film Festival

Easily the most popular and substantial Serbian festival for many years running, the 45th instalment of FEST will surely not disappoint its fans this year either.