Central Europe / Features

Russian tourists celebrate the opening of spa season in Carlsbad

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2017

​May 1 marks the official opening of the spa season in Czech Republic’s iconic Carlsbad, or Karlovy Vary as it is known locally, and the start of the high season. But the legendary town is already awash with tourists, almost all from Russia.

EU battles Russia's Nord Stream 2 slice 'n' dice

Tim Gosling in Prague April 27, 2017

Gazprom aims to further divide the EU by offering a share of the spoils to CEE countries, but Brussels is finally facing up to the challenge.

Kiwi.com – the next Czech unicorn nears fruition

Nicholas Watson in Prague April 26, 2017

For all its noted manufacturing and IT prowess, the Czech Republic still only boasts one unicorn company, Avast Software. However, another Czech startup with a valuation of over $1bn is appearing on the horizon – the online travel agency Kiwi.com.

Czech manufacturers look increasingly to 3D printing but barriers remain

Nicholas Watson in Prague April 24, 2017

The Czech Republic is looking to become a centre for additive manufacturing in CEE but experts warn there are numerous obstacles to overcome before it becomes more widespread in the region.

Visegrad sovereign debt rush set to fade

Tim Gosling in Prague April 19, 2017

Debt issues came thick and fast in the first quarter of the year, and sovereigns have fulfilled large chunks of their full-year borrowing plans already.

CEE/CIS TRADE FINANCE SURVEY 2017: Grappling with the “new normal” of sanctions and compliance

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

Banks are having to pedal twice as hard just to keep momentum, but innovative players are developing new tailored solutions and products to meet the needs of clients.

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