Czech Republic

EU battles Russia's Nord Stream 2 slice 'n' dice

Tim Gosling in Prague April 27, 2017

Gazprom aims to further divide the EU by offering a share of the spoils to CEE countries, but Brussels is finally facing up to the challenge.

Kiwi.com – the next Czech unicorn nears fruition

Nicholas Watson in Prague April 26, 2017

For all its noted manufacturing and IT prowess, the Czech Republic still only boasts one unicorn company, Avast Software. However, another Czech startup with a valuation of over $1bn is appearing on the horizon – the online travel agency Kiwi.com.

Russia, CEE hike military spending as tensions rise

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest April 25, 2017

Worsening relations between Russia and the West, plus pressure to meet Nato defence spending commitments, push up expenditure in Eastern Europe.

Czech manufacturers look increasingly to 3D printing but barriers remain

Nicholas Watson in Prague April 24, 2017

The Czech Republic is looking to become a centre for additive manufacturing in CEE but experts warn there are numerous obstacles to overcome before it becomes more widespread in the region.

Visegrad sovereign debt rush set to fade

Tim Gosling in Prague April 19, 2017

Debt issues came thick and fast in the first quarter of the year, and sovereigns have fulfilled large chunks of their full-year borrowing plans already.

Brno Uber ban should not be a precedent, says Czech minister

bne IntelliNews April 19, 2017

Czech court rules that Uber should obey city rules, just like any other taxi company.

Czech inflation rise continues in March but with slowing momentum

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2017

Czech inflation was strong again in March, rising to 2.6% y/y, but was flat m/m.

Local and emerging markets driving investment in CEE real estate

bne IntelliNews April 6, 2017

Real estate investment rose 41% y/y in Q1, indicating another record year, says Colliers and CMS report.

Czech National Bank scraps koruna cap

bne IntelliNews April 6, 2017

The Czech National Bank surprised on April 6 as it announced it has scrapped its cap on the koruna.

CEE/CIS TRADE FINANCE SURVEY 2017: Grappling with the “new normal” of sanctions and compliance

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

Banks are having to pedal twice as hard just to keep momentum, but innovative players are developing new tailored solutions and products to meet the needs of clients.

Czech National Bank provokes fresh CZKexit speculation

bne IntelliNews March 31, 2017

Some observers expect the crown's cap will be taken off within days, citing the surge in inflation that started in December.

Central Europe starts to tot up Brexit fallout

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2017

The main worries of EU member states in Central Europe are about the impact of Brexit on the structural funds budget and on their migrants in the UK.

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