Baltic States

Nato builds eastern flank as Russia ups the ante in the Baltics

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw October 26, 2016

More Nato members have pledged to contribute to forces in Poland and the Baltic states as the military alliance continues to build its presence on its eastern flank. The announcement comes as Russia sent added ships to its Baltic Sea fleet.

Lithuanian farmers party sweeps to victory in second round vote

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2016

While not a parallel for the far right populists surging in Europe, the party's swift rise does echo the wider dissatisfaction with politics.

EU leaders hesitate on new sanctions against Russia for Aleppo assault

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2016

EU leaders said they will consider all options against the Syrian government and Russia for atrocities committed in Aleppo, but met resistance from Italy in the issue of imposing new economic sanctions.

CEE defence procurement still more ‘jaw-jaw’ than ‘war-war’

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 13, 2016

A combination of factors is creating the conditions for a boom in Central and Eastern European defence procurement. But as Poland’s sudden decision to scrap a $3.5bn helicopter deal shows, the region remains a tricky place to do business.

Latvian inflation accelerates in September

bne IntelliNews October 10, 2016

Latvia's consumer price index (CPI) expanded 0.6% y/y in September, data released by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) on October 10 showed.

Lithuanian inflation maintains steady pace in September

bne IntelliNews October 10, 2016

The Lithuanian consumer price index (CPI) grew 0.8% y/y in September, retaining the same pace of expansion as the previous month, data released by Statistics Lithuania on October 10 showed.

Estonian inflation puts in September surge

bne IntelliNews October 7, 2016

Estonia's consumer price index (CPI) expanded 1% in annual terms in September, data from Statistics Estonia showed on October 7. As in the previous month, new excise duties on alcohol and tobacco contributed.

Lithuania offers battered Europe a break from populist drama

Tim Gosling in Prague October 6, 2016

Lithuanians go to the polls on October 9 to vote in the first round of a general election. Predicting a result is tricky, but whatever happens major policy is unlikely to change, with the country largely immune to the populist wave engulfing Europe.

Latvian industrial production falls back into a slump in August

bne IntelliNews October 4, 2016

Latvia's calendar-adjusted industrial production fell 0.6% y/y in August, after expanding 2.7% the previous month, the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) reported on October 4.

Estonian parliament elects European auditor Kersti Kajlulaid as first female president

bne IntelliNews October 3, 2016

The vote ends weeks of deadlock that led some to call for a constitutional reform.

Estonian retail sales growth regains momentum in August

bne IntelliNews September 30, 2016

Estonian retail sales grew 5% y/y at constant prices in August, according to data released by Statistics Estonia on September 30.

Estonian industrial production growth slows again in August

bne IntelliNews September 30, 2016

Estonian industrial production expanded 1% y/y in August, working-day adjusted data from Statistics Estonia showed on September 30.

THEATRE REVIEW: “‘Success Story” – the bittersweet smell of success in Latvia

Mike Collier in Riga September 29, 2016

The satirising of the financial imperium gets progressively more over-the-top and entertaining, but “Success Story”, playing at the Latvian National Theatre, is not without its problems.

Hungary and Poland head in different directions in Global Competitiveness Index

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2016

Estonia and the Czech Republic top the CEE chart in the Global Competitiveness Index 2016-2017. While Hungary slumped to the bottom of the pile with the largest slide in the region, Poland surged up the table.

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