Central Europe / Opinion

VIENNEAST INSIGHT: How Central Europeans learned to stop worrying and love Russian gas

Marcus How and Adam Urosevic of ViennEast June 29, 2018

Despite an overall decline in the EU and Russia’s economic interdependence, Central European dependence has actually grown, a trend entirely shaped by material, rather than ideological, concerns.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Can Latvia clean up its troubled banking sector?

Yigal Chazan of Alaco June 13, 2018

US pressure prompts anti-money laundering measures but also exposes the limitations of European regulatory oversight.

COMMENT: CEE should be worried about the next EU budget

Richard Grieveson of the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies May 17, 2018

The EU budget has had a positive impact on economic growth and helped to improve the quality of infrastructure in poorer parts of the bloc, not least in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). However, the budget is about to be cut.

COMMENT: EU conference in Sofia highlights the Balkans’ looming energy crisis

Henry Stanek in Brussels May 14, 2018

European Union member states gather in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the EU-Western Balkans summit this week, and need to address the precarious state of energy security in the Balkans. Is nuclear power the answer?

COMMENT: The enigma of the Three Seas Initiative

Max Kratschke of ViennEast May 2, 2018

The Three Seas Initiative created by the EU’s eastern members is a dark horse, raising more questions than it has answered.