Balkan odyssey

Greeks have a high tolerance of political risk, which should give them an edge when competing for business with their volatile neighbours.

Central America: A region finds its feet

Central America has come a long way in a short time. It has developed a surprising degree of political stability, a consensus in favour of economic liberalization and a real thirst for economic progress.

Catching the small-cap bug

The star performers of Nordic stock markets are not forestry, engineering or shipping companies, they are Internet, biotechnology and service-sector start-ups.

Finland blazes the privatization trail

Selling state assets to foreign investors raises popular opposition throughout the region, but privatization is likely to remain the main source of Nordic equity offerings