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wiiw Opinion Corner: Likely reasons and consequences of Hassan Rouhani’s victory in the Iranian presidential elections

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, aiming for moderate reforms and better relations to the international community, won his second term in office, far ahead of his hardliner rival Ebrahim Raisi. read more

Challenges of DCFTAs: How can Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine succeed?

The imbalance between the costs and benefits of DCFTAs is a call to the EU to display greater pragmatism. A new wiiw policy brief discusses the challenges and possible solutions. read more

Five things for EU-CEE to watch in Brexit negotiations

Post-Brexit controls on migration could be less stringent than expected, but the EU budget will probably shrink and the shift to a new trade relationship may be disruptive. read more

Difficult negotiations ahead in Kosovo

The election result was inconclusive, and there is no obvious coalition. It may take some time to form a government, but the economy is unlikely to be materially affected. read more

Challenges to a Customs Union and Common Market in the Western Balkans

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

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

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

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

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

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


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