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Iranians head to polls for crucial election - 18 May 2017

The result is too close to call, but the outcome will have important implications for the economy and foreign policy. A commentary by Mahdi Ghodsi. read more

EU-CEE economies started 2017 with a bang - 17 May 2017

Growth has strengthened almost everywhere, and in some places is at multi-year highs. Positive internal dynamics and strong momentum in Germany suggest it will continue. read more

Towards the vision of a common economic space from Vancouver to Vladivostok - 16 May 2017

On 15-16 May, an academic conference on 'Connectivity, Trade and Economic Cooperation' was held in Linz. It was co-organised by wiiw and the chairmanship of OSCE. read more

Western Balkan Countries to profit from Belt and Road Initiative - 15 May 2017

On May 14 and 15, Beijing is hosting the Belt & Road Forum for International Development. Economic gains of the initiative for the Western Balkans are potentially huge, but several key issues still need to be resolved. read more

UK running risk of chaotic Brexit - 10 May 2017

A 'hard' Brexit would be bad enough, but the UK government’s failure to appreciate the complexities of the process makes the situation much worse. A commentary by Richard Grieveson. read more

wiiw Opinion Corner: Kosovo’s arbitration ‘games’ - 08 May 2017

What is the reason for the numerous business disputes between the government of Kosovo and foreign enterprises? Pëllumb Çollaku, guest researcher at wiiw, tries to give an answer. read more

How to Reform the Monetary Union - 04 May 2017

Andrew Watt proposes policy and institutional reforms to achieve balanced growth and convergence in the Euro Area. Watch a video interview conducted by Michael Landesmann. read more

Nationalism and democracy in the Balkans - 02 May 2017

Many factors point to a rising risk of nationalism and authoritarianism in the Balkans. However, the reality is somewhat different. A commentary by Vladimir Gligorov. read more

Escaping the Escape - 02 May 2017

On April 18th, experts from four refugee-origin countries and the Bertelsmann Stiftung discussed national and EU policies necessary to tackle outward migration of workers and refugees. read more

wiiw Economist wins the Consensus Economics 2016 Forecast Accuracy Award - 27 Apr 2017

Leon Podkaminer’s monthly forecast of GDP growth and consumer prices in Poland turned out to be the most accurate ones among leading forecasters for Central and Eastern Europe. read more