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04 May 16

Balkan Governments Urged to Boost Business Cooperation

Governments from the Balkans need to improve their cooperation if they want to increase foreign investments, said participants at the Sarajevo Business Forum.

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03 May 16

Chinese Investments Raise Eyebrows in Albania

Within the first four months of 2016, Chinese companies have acquired an interest in strategic sectors and significantly raised the level of international trade

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29 Apr 16

Bosnian Serb Power Rules Dismay Investors

Businesspeople in Bosnia's Serb-dominated entity say it is not surprising that investors remain wary of the entity when even power supplies are so difficult and pricey to get. 

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28 Apr 16

Bosnia Experts Query Reduction in Trade Deficit

Bosnia registered a significant reduction in its trade deficit in 2015 - but experts say this is mainly down to a fall in imports rather than a rise in domestic production.

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26 Apr 16

Erdogan Visits Croatia to Bolster Turkey's EU Role

The Turkish President’s visit to Croatia this week will shore up Turkey's position in Europe, while raising hopes of benefits for Turkish exporters and tourism industry.

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22 Apr 16

Oil and Gas Exploitation in Croatia Put on Hold

Croatia's Hydrocarbon Agency said the exploitation of gas and oil reserves in the country was being delayed until the new government completes a number of procedures prior to signing the deals with the energy companies.

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22 Apr 16

Montenegro Turns Naval Base into Luxury Resort

Construction of a luxury resort with Azerbaijani capital is due to start on Friday in the Bay of Kotor, in a bid to turn the old Yugoslav Army base into a haven for the super-rich.

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20 Apr 16

Bosnia Struggles to Get New IMF Loan

Bosnian leaders will soon start debating the last conditions required for the country to get an urgently needed IMF loan.

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18 Apr 16

Montenegro Minister Faces Grilling Over Failed Investment

The opposition in Montenegro said it sought a hearing with the tourism minister over a bank guarantee provided by a Russian investor to build a luxury resort, which turned out to be false.

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18 Apr 16

Croatia's INA Weighs Call to Return to Syria

After the governor of Homs province urged the Croatian energy company INA to restart its oil and gas operations in Syria, the company says it is 'monitoring' the situation.

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14 Apr 16

Surge in Remittances Powers Kosovo's Recovery

An increased flow of remittances to Kosovo in the last two years is among the key factors powering the country’s economic development.

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11 Apr 16

Bulgaria Socialists Oppose Sale of Arms Firms

Bulgaria's opposition Socialist Party has condemned the planned privatization of two major arms firms on the grounds of their strategic importance to the country. 

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07 Apr 16

Banks Highlight Risks to Montenegro's Economy

A report by four European banks warns that Montenegro’s economy faces significant structural, economic, and fiscal risks.

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07 Apr 16

Bulgaria-Romania Gas Pipeline to Open in August

An Austrian company will complete the remaining 2.1 km of a long-anticipated gas interconnector that will help the energy diversification of the two Balkan countries.

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06 Apr 16

Bulgaria Eyes Key Role on China's 'Silk Road'

Bulgaria has announced two major Chinese investments in Burgas and Plovdiv, boosting hopes that the country may become a distribution hub for Chinese goods in Europe. 

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03 May 16

Bosnia Moves to Push Banks to Release Reserves

Bosnia hopes to force banks to lend more money to business by charging them fees for deposits that exceed the reserves required to be held in the Central Bank – but some doubt whether the strategy will work.

28 Apr 16

Hazy Future for Serbia's Copper Giant

07 Apr 16

Macedonia Crisis Makes Foreign Investors Wary

Politics and Society

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04 May 16

Thousands Mark Tito’s Death Anniversary in Serbia

Thirty-six years after Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito died, several thousand of his admirers paid tribute to him in Belgrade and remembered what they believe were better times.

04 May 16

EU Visa Liberalisation Recommended for Kosovo

04 May 16

Albania Jails Nine Jihadi Recruiters

Culture and Lifestyle

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Albania Shifts Hopes From Hunting to Tourism

Bird-watching and wildlife tours in Adriatic Sea lagoons have drawn international tourist attention after a government ban on hunting.