Baltic States

Macedonians most politically active nation in Central and Eastern Europe

bne IntelliNews September 18, 2017

Survey reveals that West Europeans are significantly more politically active than their peers to the east.

New EU states record strong car registration surges in August

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2017

Registrations driven by strengthening European economies and the availability of newly introduced models that made inroads with consumers such as SUVs and hatchbacks from France’s Renault and Peugeot.

Eastern Europe on alert as Russia targets “West” in largest war games for years

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2017

Nato members Poland and the Baltic states fear Russia will use the "Zapad" exercise to boost its military presence in the Kaliningrad region and possibly in Belarus.

We’ll protect your consumers but crack down on your workers, Juncker tells eastern EU states

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2017

Slovakia and Czechia say EU has not been doing enough to stop food, beverage and other household consumer products companies from selling “second-class” goods to their citizens.

Warsaw rated most attractive financial centre in CEE

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2017

Polish capital rises five places on global ranking by China Development Institute and London-based consultancy Z/Yen.

Poland drops passport design that angered Lithuania and Ukraine

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 12, 2017

Proposal to feature depictions of the Ukrainian city of Lviv and Lithuanian capital Vilnius in passport to celebrate 100 years of Polish independence sparked outcry in neighbouring states.

Lithuanian PPI inflation accelerates in August

bne IntelliNews September 11, 2017

August figures marked the tenth straight month of annual growth in the PPI, following three years of contraction in factory gate prices.

London suspends Estonian ride sharing service Taxify

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 11, 2017

Founder of Europe's fastest growing ride sharing service slams London's "hostile regulatory body" after Taxify services suspended over licensing issues.

Latvian inflation picks up in August

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2017

Inflation has now grown for 12 months straight, in line with forecasts for a decisive pick-up in CPI this year after the index barely moved in 2016.

Lithuanian inflation at 4.4% y/y in August

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2017

August reading extends the surge in Lithuanian CPI that is part of a regional phenomenon across Central and Eastern Europe.

Estonian inflation accelerates in August

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2017

Unlike the rest of the CEE region, Estonia has seen its inflation remain elevated through the year so far, with the index growing for a second straight month in August.

Newspaper investigation reveals $3bn Azerbaijani money "laundromat" scheme

bne IntelliNews September 5, 2017

Government figures used lobbying and money-laundering scheme centred in UK to make thousands of covert payments, leaked data reveals.

Russian "bots" dominate Twitter discourse on Nato presence in Eastern Europe

bne IntelliNews September 4, 2017

Robotic accounts generated 84% of Russian-language messages on Nato in Poland and the Baltic States in recent months, study finds.

Estonian industrial production fails to maintain fast growth rate in July

bne IntelliNews September 1, 2017

Estonian industrial production expanded 4.7% y/y in July, well below the 14.5% annual expansion rate recorded the previous month.

Latvian GDP growth confirmed at 4.8% y/y in Q2

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2017

The April-June expansion is the fourth consecutive quarter of accelerating growth.

Estonian GDP growth surges to 5.7% y/y in Q2

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2017

The gain is 1.3pp quicker than the growth recorded in the first quarter, further strengthening the outlook for this year after a mediocre 2016.

Growth in Estonian retail sales slows down in July

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2017

Retails sales growth fell to 1% y/y and was flat m/m.

Latvian retail sales growth accelerates in July

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2017

July marked the 20th month in a row in which sales expanded.

Growth in Lithuanian retail sales slows down in July

bne IntelliNews August 28, 2017

Lithuanian retail sales grew at an unadjusted 2.9% y/y in July in constant prices.

Private equity investment in CEE hits highest figure since 2009

Robert Anderson in Prague August 27, 2017

Private equity investment rose to €1.6bn in CEE ex-Russia last year, while fundraising for investing in the region soared 62% to €621mn.

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