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23 Jan 18

Chinese Bid to Build Croatia’s Peljesac Bridge Challenged

Austrian construction company Strabag AG filed a complaint against a bid made by the Chinese Road and Bridge Corporation to construct Croatia’s strategically important Peljesac Bridge.

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22 Jan 18

Young Balkan Stars Join Forbes' Under-30 List

Several young politicians, entrepreneurs and activists from the Balkans have made it to Forbes' latest '30 under 30' list – which contains 600 stars in 20 industries.

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19 Jan 18

Russia Slaps New Ban on Bosnian Apples

Russia has again suspended imports of apples from Bosnia Herzegovina, suspecting a consignment of ‘Bosnian’ apples originated in Poland.

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18 Jan 18

US Confirms Backing for Croatia's LNG Terminal

During the Croatian Interior Minister’s visit to Washington, US officials said Croatia’s planned gas terminal on the island of Krk enjoy's America's 'full support'.

albania-government-receives-offers-to-build-a-second-international-airport-01-17-2018
17 Jan 18

Albania Mulls Building Second Passenger Airport

After a series of debates and repeated promises, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced Wednesday that he received a proposal to begin building the country’s second passenger airport near the coastal city of Vlora “by this summer".

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17 Jan 18

Moldova Toasts Wines' Success on Western Markets

Despite an economic embargo in the once crucial Russian market, Moldova's wine producers are selling more wine than ever – by shifting their sales to Western and Central Europe.

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16 Jan 18

UK Holiday Bargain-Hunters Urged to Try Bulgaria

Survey pronounces Bulgarian Black Sea resort the best-value vacation destination in Europe.

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15 Jan 18

Bulgaria’s Move to Join the Euro Welcomed

Bulgaria’s surprise announcement that it will apply to join the eurozone’s ‘waiting’ room by June has attracted support from the business and analysts.

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12 Jan 18

Chinese Firm To Build Croatia's Peljesac Bridge

China's Road and Bridge Corporation will build the controversial Peljesac Bridge in southern Croatia, designed to link Dubrovnik to the rest of the country and bypass the Bosnian coast, it was announced on Friday.

russian-investors-in-moldova-overcome-by-eu-s-state-members-01-04-2018
04 Jan 18

Russia Loses Top Place Among Investors in Moldova

National bank data show Moldova's principal foreign investors are now from EU countries – while Russia has dropped from first place to sixth in the investment league table.

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27 Dec 17

Bosnian Serb Inspectors Halt Delta's Huge Mall

Inspectors in Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity have halted work on Delta's giant mall in Banja Luka, saying the company has not got the right permits.

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21 Dec 17

Agrokor Unveils Deal to Give Creditors Ownership

The Croatian state management of the stricken Agrokor company has decided to resolve part of the company's huge debts by transforming the company's creditors into owners of its more profitable parts.

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29 Nov 17

Coca-Cola to Acquire Banja Luka Drinks Company

As Coca-Cola announces plans to buy Banja Luka beverages company MB Impex, the Bosnian authorities are checking the likely impact on the local alcoholic drinks market.

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10 Nov 17

Romania Bank Chief Warns of High Trade Deficit

Romania’s Central Bank governor has sounded a number of warning notes about the country's apparently booming economy, including the risk of a yawning trade deficit. 

croatia-s-rigid-pensions-reform-won-t-solve-issues--11-08-2017
09 Nov 17

Pension Reform Plan Encounters Opposition in Croatia

Penioners groups and some economists have slated Croatia’s announced reform of the pension system, saying penalising early retirement will not resolve the basic problem.

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18 Jan 18

EU Funds Bring Hope for Bosnia's Neglected Farmers

A last-minute political breakthrough means that Bosnian farmers may finally be able to access badly needed EU funds for agriculture.

20 Nov 17

Serbia’s IMF Arrangement Ends on High Note

06 Nov 17

Threat to Quit CEFTA Stirs Debate in Kosovo

Politics and Society

ivanovic-killing-shows-serbia-and-kosovo-must-cooperate-01-23-2018
23 Jan 18

Ivanovic Killing Shows Serbia and Kosovo Must Cooperate

The EU must use the momentum generated by the joint probe into Kosovo Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic’s recent assassination to insist that Serbia and Kosovo’s prosecutors continue to work together to tackle serious crimes.

23 Jan 18

Challenges Facing Serbia in 2018

23 Jan 18

Most Macedonian Professors Wish to Emigrate

23 Jan 18

Unsafe Haven: Life and Death for LGBT Refugees

Culture and Lifestyle

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Kosovo Woman Aims to Climb All 14 Himalayan Peaks

After becoming the first Albanian woman to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, Kosovo’s Uta Ibrahimi is planning to climb all 14 peaks in the Himalayas.