Belarus, Russia locked in bitter diplomatic dispute over anti-Russian rhetoric

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv March 15, 2019

A bitter diplomatic row between Russia and neighbouring Belarus sparked on March 15 following an interview of Moscow's ambassador Mikhail Babich, who has accused President Alexander Lukashenko of using anti-Russian rhetoric

COLCHIS: Brexit’s Risks and Opportunities for the Eastern Partnership

Alexander Nice of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network March 13, 2019

Barring any last-minute drama, the United Kingdom will cease to be a member of the European Union on March 29, 2019. Brexit will cause problems for the Eastern Partnership programme, but it will also open a new door as "European" changes its meaning

Belarus government forecasts GDP growth at 2.1% y/y in 2019, 2.5% y/y in 2020

bne IntelliNews March 11, 2019

The Belarusian government forecasts the nation's GDP growth at 2.1% year-on-year in 2019, 2.5% y/yin 2020, and 2.8% y/y in 2021, according to the cabinet's medium-term fiscal programme for 2019-2021 approved on March 6.

Electric vehicles still in the slow lane in CEE

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2019

After a slow 2018 that saw the EU fall behind the US, EV sales are expected to revive in the EU as new models come on the market in the next few years, but the eastern part of the bloc remains far behind frontrunners like Sweden.

Nearly all the countries of Eastern Europe made progress in improving the rule of law

bne IntelliNews March 6, 2019

World Justice Project's annual rule of law index shows improvements, but drilling into the subfactors big disparities persist.

Belarus Hi-Tech Park exports up by a third in 2018 to $1.414bn

bne IntelliNews March 4, 2019

The HTP was expected to approach this target only by 2020, according to forecasts from international auditors.

Belarus exports of anthracite to Ukraine jump 340-fold in 2018 amid accusations of trading with Russia-backed separatists

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv February 27, 2019

Ukraine increased imports of anthracite from Belarus by 340 times year-on-year to 102,200 tonnes in 2018, according to the state statistical service Belstat in Minsk.

COMMENT: Belarus’s post-Soviet theatre, opportunistic technical fiddling or Putin’s ace in the hole?

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna, Marcus How of Vienneast in Vienna February 25, 2019

Alarm bells have been going off in Belarus, which may be cut off from the generous Russia has granted the republic for decades. There has been talk of merging the two countries, but little is likely to happen

Belarus government worried about distress in agrarian sector

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv February 21, 2019

The Belarusian government is worried about the deteriorating situation in the nation's agrarian sector, which is the only sector that "remains in the negative territory," the country's Economy Minister Dmitry Krutoi said

Belarus reports 0.9% y/y industrial growth in January

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2019

Belarus' industrial output growth crashed to 0.9% year-on-year in January this year, down from 5.7% in December and 9.7% y/y growth in January of 2018, according to the national statistics agency Belstat.