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New US tariffs: Escalation to trade war would hit Europe hard - 09 Mar 2018

Tariffs on aluminium and steel would be damaging enough, but an expansion to passenger vehicles would affect a large share of EU car exports to the US. read more

Disagreeing about Alexander the Great is embarrassing - 16 Feb 2018

A solution of the Macedonian name dispute seems to be within reach. An interview with Vladimir Gligorov conducted by Panayiotis Savvidis. read more

wiiw prepares first regional Investment Report for CEFTA - 08 Feb 2018

Given the right policy mix, CEFTA economies could significantly increase the amount of FDI they receive, with positive implications for income growth. read more

EU Western Balkans Strategy: A welcome change of approach - 06 Feb 2018

The Commission has acknowledged that economic integration alone will not drive political cooperation, and signals a more interventionist stance by Brussels in the region. read more

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