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Newly created agency blocks contract with cronies of Hungary's Fidesz-led government

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2019

Fed up with overbilling, Hungarian PM Viktor Orban set up the new agency to oversee state-funded infrastructure investments two weeks ago.

Poland reels as Gdansk mayor dies after stabbing

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 15, 2019

Despite early appeals from political leaders not to politicise the assassination of the popular mayor, the odds appear increasingly in favour of ever-deeper fault lines to divide Poland.

Poland in shock as mayor of Gdansk nearly fatally stabbed at charity event

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 14, 2019

Long-serving mayor was stabbed by a 27-year old man who recently completed a jail sentence following a conviction for a number of bank robberies in Gdansk.

Hungarian investors fall out of love with bonds

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2019

Bond investors raked in big losses last year and money continued to flow out of funds specialising in bond investments, analysis by Portfolio reveals.

Hungarian PM says stimulus needed to achieve 4% growth target

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2019

Viktor Orban focused on economic issues and laid out his visions for Europe at a rare international press conference.

Latvia nominates new PM candidate

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2019

MEP Krisjanis Karins nominated after political parties failed to agree on a working government coalition since the election in early October produced an atomised parliament.

Hungarian labour unions step up resistance and call for nationwide demonstrations

bne IntelliNews January 7, 2019

National protest against the so-called "slave law" was joined by opposition parties, unions and civic organisations as the longest anti-government demonstrations since Viktor Orban took power continue.

Hungarian president signs controversial law raising overtime threshold

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

Adoption of the law had sparked the longest running anti-government protests since the right-wing government of Viktor Orban took power in 2010.

Slovakia has doubled number of robotic systems since 2016

bne IntelliNews December 20, 2018

The number of robots in use in Slovakia has nearly doubled in the last two years, according to Martin Jesny of the Industry4UM discussion platform

MPs thrown out of Hungarian state television station

bne IntelliNews December 18, 2018

Opposition politicians have joined the protests against Hungary's so-called "slave law" extending overtime hours, but were prevented from delivering their message on state TV.