Central Europe / Opinion

CONFERENCE CALL: Private equity firms eye new opportunities in ex-Yugoslavia

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade October 7, 2016

A series of successful large-scale investments in the consumer sector have raised interest in Southeast Europe among private equity. However, potentially attractive privatisations deals within the region have so far proved elusive.

OBITUARY: Michal Kovac, Slovakia's first president and guardian of democracy

Robert Anderson in Prague October 6, 2016

A onetime ally of Vladimir Meciar, he became the Central European country's democratic guardian when it was in danger.

THEATRE REVIEW: “‘Success Story” – the bittersweet smell of success in Latvia

Mike Collier in Riga September 29, 2016

The satirising of the financial imperium gets progressively more over-the-top and entertaining, but “Success Story”, playing at the Latvian National Theatre, is not without its problems.

FILM & BOOK REVIEW: “War Dogs” is a terrible adaptation of an okay book

Nicholas Watson in Prague September 12, 2016

“War Dogs”, the Todd Phillips-directed adaptation of Guy Lawson’s “Arms and the Dudes”, has virtually none of the redeeming features of the book.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Putin adds ‘soft power’ to his armoury

Septimus Knox of Alaco July 15, 2016

Russia’s use of soft power has been more coercive and strictly managed by the state – the aim is cultural infiltration rather than cultural cooperation.

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