Central and Eastern Europe lags the world in social capital

Robert Anderson in Prague September 23, 2017

The region has made little progress over the past decade in improving trust and civic engagement, says Legatum Institute.

Bulgaria turns to Russia to repair MiGs amid dispute over new fighter jet purchase

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 20, 2017

Bulgarian defence minister will start talks with Russian company on the repair of Soviet-made MiG-29s as officials in the Nato member state continue to squabble over plans to buy new fighter jets.

Bulgaria’s CPI inflation accelerates

bne IntelliNews September 16, 2017

Rising prices of food, housing, alcohol and tobacco push Bulgaria's CPI higher in August.

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.

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.

New row erupts over Bulgaria's flawed judicial reforms

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 14, 2017

Political parties, judges and lawyers urge President Radev to veto new supreme court head, claiming the procedure was not transparent and the candidate was pre-selected by the ruling party.

Brexit to boost CEE's GDP as migrants "boomerang" home

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest September 12, 2017

Return of citizens to region after UK leaves EU will be a boon to economic growth, real estate markets and companies struggling with shortages of skilled workers, new study concludes.

Bulgaria’s industrial production growth accelerates in July

bne IntelliNews September 8, 2017

Manufacturing shores up growth in industrial sector, with 6.3% expansion in July, offsetting contractions in mining and utilities.

MEPs slam treatment of Turks at Bulgarian borders

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 6, 2017

Information on numerous cases of harassment of Turks with EU citizenship by Bulgarian border police to be referred to the Bulgarian government and European Commission.

Cheap booze draws tourists to Bulgaria

bne IntelliNews September 2, 2017

At just €1.06 for half a litre, Bulgaria has the cheapest draught beer of 32 holiday destinations surveyed by Travelex.

Bulgaria’s PPI inflation accelerates to 5.3% y/y in July

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2017

Rising producer prices in metals & mining and utilities sectors push up producer price index in July.

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.