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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

IMF-led reforms in Ukraine: Barking up the wrong tree - 19 Dec 2017

Major reforms have been enacted, but a new wiiw study argues that the introduction of inflation targeting and increase in the effective retirement age will do more harm than good. read more

The EU at a crossroads - 18 Dec 2017

Current discussions over reform are running into familiar (German) obstacles, but politicians should act now while the economic backdrop is favourable. read more

The EU’s peripheral role in China’s global vision - 14 Dec 2017

The Belt and Road Initiative creates global opportunities and challenges. Though hotly debated in the EU, geographically and economically, the core of the strategy lies in Asia. read more

Outward migration from EU-CEE is slowing - 13 Dec 2017

Workers will continue to move from EU-CEE to Western Europe, but Brexit and better prospects at home will keep the numbers lower than in the last decade. read more

Boom times in Turkey - 11 Dec 2017

The large current account deficit leaves the economy vulnerable to a hike in US rates or a change in investor sentiment. read more

Just released: wiiw Handbook of Statistics 2017 - 06 Dec 2017

The twenty-third edition of the wiiw Handbook has been released, with comprehensive, updated and expanded macroeconomic statistics for 22 CESEE countries. read more