A sudden political change in Romania’s leadership -- after only two months in power -- overlaps a sensitive transition from recession to a feeble economic growth.
The public is critical of EULEX and the Kosovo authorities' investigation into the big anti-corruption case at the transport and telecommunications ministry.
A governmental agreement intended to protect cross-border travel is having the opposite effect, particularly on Albanians in Serbia.
A tender for a third airport in Istanbul will open this year. Also in business news: BiH's government adopted a budget for 2012 and Romania plans to reorganise its tax system.
Despite fanfare and hope, some foreign investment projects across the region remain only on paper.
Every Friday, the open market in the eastern Kosovo town of Kamenica brings together Albanians and Serbs, selling produce and sharing daily concerns.