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Western Balkan countries knocking on EU’s door - 05 Feb 2018

Stronger economic integration with the EU would be beneficial for the Western Balkan countries, but they face bigger structural challenges than previous joiners. read more

wiiw is still Number 4 among the ‘International Economics’ Think Tanks Worldwide - 02 Feb 2018

The Global Go To Think Tank Index 2017 places wiiw at the very top of the world's international economics think tanks. read more

The Prague coffee house loses to the countryside beer saloon - 30 Jan 2018

The second round of the Czech presidential elections, held on 26-27 January, ended in the incumbent’s (narrow) victory. read more

Do trade imbalances affect economic growth? - 23 Jan 2018

The internationalisation of production appears to have caused a decline in the global wage share, while large trade imbalances may have acted as a break on growth. read more

Romania: second government crisis within a year despite economic boom - 18 Jan 2018

Why is a governing coalition with comfortable majority in both houses of parliament unable to govern when the economy is booming? read more

New Kosovan government faces a daunting set of challenges - 18 Jan 2018

Political issues may take up much of the agenda, but the administration will need to address the trade deficit, deficiencies in education and weak labour productivity. read more

Greece and Macedonia edge towards solution to name dispute - 16 Jan 2018

If an agreement is reached, the Macedonian government is in a strong position to approve it. From the Greek side it could be more challenging. read more

Post-Brexit EU-UK trade will face significant new obstacles - 11 Jan 2018

Most are focused on tariffs, yet non-compliance with non-tariff measures and regulations is likely to be more distortive and needs more attention. read more

Ten themes for CESEE in 2018 - 10 Jan 2018

Political noise notwithstanding, the region’s economies are in a sweet spot, and should continue to ride the booming Eurozone wave this year. read more

Bulgarian presidency to focus on Western Balkans, post-Brexit budget & migration - 21 Dec 2017

The government has missed the chance to highlight areas where Bulgaria is being unfairly treated by the EU. read more