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Fixing the crumbling framework of international trade - 25 Oct 2018

The weaknesses of the WTO have been exposed by the ‘Trump tariffs’ and counter-reactions by the EU, China, and Canada. An overhaul of the system is long overdue. read more

Things do not change: elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina - 15 Oct 2018

The result surprised nobody. Positive political change will come in Bosnia, but that could take a while. read more

Macedonian referendum results: back to square one - 03 Oct 2018

The majority of voters approved the question posed in the referendum, though the boycott made the referendum itself unsuccessful. The likely consequence is early elections. read more

What’s in a name? The case of Macedonia - 28 Sep 2018

Ahead of the upcoming referendum on September 30th, what is at stake and what are the prospects for a positive outcome? read more

Kosovo’s problem with foreign direct investment - 24 Sep 2018

Higher and better quality inflow would create jobs and enhance growth, but many challenges remain. The government needs a new policy mix to make it work. read more

Hungarian government found guilty - 13 Sep 2018

The country is highly unlikely to lose its voting rights, but the economy may suffer in the long run from Mr Orbán’s stance. read more

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: opportunity or threat? - 05 Sep 2018

Launched five years ago, the initiative is still under heavy scrutiny over what it may bring to the EU, the EAEU and the countries in between. read more

Iran: Economic troubles create political risks - 04 Sep 2018

As in the past, US sanctions risk producing a more hard-line government, but the Iranian administration should pursue a more moderate course. read more

Rights and Territories in the Western Balkans - 30 Aug 2018

Serbia and Kosovo are moving towards an agreement on a land swap. The chances of success, however, are very low. read more

Does Croatia’s World Cup success show that CESEE is back as a footballing power? - 23 Aug 2018

State fragmentation and relative economic decline have seen the region’s teams generally struggle since the 1970s. read more