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Challenges to a Customs Union and Common Market in the Western Balkans - 15 Jun 2017

Further trade integration would be beneficial for the region, but faces several potential obstacles. A commentary by Vladimir Gligorov. read more

Election outcome creates obstacles to 'hard' Brexit - 14 Jun 2017

Uncertainty is even higher than before, but a truly 'soft' Brexit still looks very difficult to achieve. A commentary by Richard Grieveson. read more

FDI in CESEE: Recovery amid stabilising economic growth - 08 Jun 2017

At today's press conference, Gabor Hunya presented the new wiiw Report on FDI in Central, East and Southeast Europe. You may watch the main conclusions and findings in a short video interview. read more

wiiw Opinion Corner: Economic effects of Donbas trade blockade - 01 Jun 2017

Looking at the recent developments in Donbas, wiiw Economist Vasily Astrov argues that the new status quo might result in a ‘lose-lose’ situation for both Russia and Ukraine. read more

15 FocusEconomics Awards for wiiw - 01 Jun 2017

wiiw economists have been recognised as among the most accurate forecasters of economic developments in CESEE. read more

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


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