Thirteen of the 28 EU member states have given their backing to a request from the European Commission for a mandate to negotiate with Russia over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.
American sanctions threat fuels tensions surrounding Russia’s plans to expand gas supplies to Europe.
UN projections show populations will fall in every East European country this century, with Moldova’s set to contract by more than 51%.
Emerging markets are starting to feature more prominently on the QS World University Rankings, with Russia's top five universities all advancing more than 10 places on the latest index.
Officials insist enhanced EU defence co-operation should focus on terrorism and is not a reaction to the way President Trump has cast doubt over Nato guarantees.
The banking downturn is over, with profitability surging last year, according to the lender's annual CEE Banking Report.
Estonia's consumer price index (CPI) grew 3.3% in annual terms in May, data from Statistics Estonia showed on June 7.
Latvia's calendar-adjusted industrial production grew 9.6% y/y in April, the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) reported on June 5.
The Latvian economy grew 4% in unadjusted terms in the first quarter, the Baltic state’s Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) reported on May 31.
Estonian GDP expanded 4.4% y/y in the first quarter, Statistics Estonia announced on May 31.
Estonian retail sales grew just 1% y/y in March, according to data released by Statistics Estonia on May 31.
Latvian retail sales grew a calendar adjusted 2.8% y/y in April, an increase on the 1.5% expansion recorded the previous month, data from the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) showed on May 30.