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.
The lower house of the Czech parliaments approved a bill to introduce a debt brake mechanism as it seeks to stem future excess borrowing.
Rattled by a sharp slide in competitiveness, Hungary says it plans to slash red tape. However, erratic policymaking, corruption and the state of the education system are the big issues.
Patrick Tkac, one of the two main shareholders of the company, has agreed to sell up to partner Daniel Kretinsky.
A buyout group of Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa Partners won a bidding contest to acquire the Polish online auction site Allegro from South African owner Naspers, in a deal which came above expectations of around $2.2bn.
Poland’s ruling party PiS will try again to toughen restrictions on abortion, chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on October 12. That sparked fresh outrage and calls for mass protests similar to those that forced PiS to back down earlier this month.
Hungary’s leading left-wing paper Nepszabadsag unexpectedly suspended publication on October 8. Suspecting political pressure, thousands protested in front of parliament, claiming the government continues to try to smother the freedom of the press.
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.
Rattled by huge street protests, the Polish government rejected on October 5 a proposal to ban practically all abortions. The move suggests the ruling PiS has tried to go too fast in implementing its conservative populist agenda.
RZB and RBI said in May that they were examining a merger as a way of reinforcing their capital buffers in the face of tougher regulatory requirements following the global financial crisis.
Tens of thousands took to the streets in protest against a bill proposing a near-complete ban on abortion.
The vote ends weeks of deadlock that led some to call for a constitutional reform.
The improvement will be welcome, especially in Poland where industrial output has proved weaker than hoped throughout most of the year. The rebound follows early signs of an uplift in the Eurozone and a turnaround in confidence in Germany.
Turnout in Hungary's referendum on the EU’s migrant quota system was just 40.4%, but the government insists it has a mandate to change the constitution anyway.
Poland claimed on September 30 that it has successfully secured its interests as the EU agreed to ratify the Paris climate deal. However, Warsaw - which had threatened to block the move - was extremely vague about the concessions it has won.
Companies from the Hungarian food industry are reportedly advertising in Ukraine to attract migrant workers from the diaspora, as the labour shortages in the region increase in intensity.
Warsaw is only likely to win marginal concessions while damaging further its image in Brussels.
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.
There's little doubt among members of the ruling Fidesz party that Hungarians will say “no” to the EU’s quota system in the October 2 referendum. There's also plenty of confusion about what comes next.
Criticism of the rules governing the election of a new Estonian president mounted on September 26 after a third failure to choose a new head of state.
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