Central Europe / Features

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.

FINTECH: A Flare for making blockchain scalable

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 13, 2016

The most immediate challenge for blockchain is scaling the technology so it can handle increased transaction traffic in the years to come. Bitfury and Lightning Network have taken a big step towards this.

Erste seeks to re-establish trust through social banking

Tim Gosling in Vienna October 13, 2016

Erste plans to roll out "banking for the unbankable" across CEE, seeing its social banking drive as an investment in a future generation of successful entrepreneurs.

LONG READ: The difficult dialogue of civilisations

Ben Aris in Rhodes October 6, 2016

“Europe is not in crisis. It is a crisis!” thundered former Czech president Vaclav Klaus. Is Central Europe undermining EU solidarity? EU leaders, past and present, met at the Rhodes Forum 2016 to discuss the issues, but came up with few answers.

FINTECH: Hungary’s Wyze.me aims to become Europe’s Mint.com

Blanka Zoldi in Budapest October 5, 2016

Gyorgy Mudri only launched the beta version of his personal finance management app Wyze.me late last year, but he is already aiming for it to become “the European Mint.com and even better”.

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