Czech Republic

VISEGRAD: Europe’s axis is shifting West not East

Robert Anderson in Prague February 13, 2018

Orban and Kaczynski will become more and more isolated as Slovakia and Czechia look West.

COMMENT: Export credit agencies lurk in the shadows of responsible financing

Dan Heuer of Bankwatch February 5, 2018

If sunlight is the best disinfectant, then export credit agencies need to step into the daytime, argues a new study of ECAs in Central and Eastern Europe.

Visegrad countries united in rejecting two-speed Europe concept and migration quotas

bne IntelliNews January 29, 2018

The Visegrad countries rejected any plans for slashing development funds to countries that have differing views within the EU, especially on migration.

Zeman wins Czech presidential election

Robert Anderson in Prague January 27, 2018

Former premier has urged the Social Democrats to back billionaire populist Andrej Babis in forming a government, something that could happen at the party’s congress next month.

INTERVIEW: CEE embraces the digital transformation

Ben Aris in Berlin January 26, 2018

The world is going through a digital transformation that could be as significant as the advent of the Internet and IBM is playing an active role in that change in CEE.

Zeman tipped to win in Czech presidential run-off

Robert Anderson in Prague January 25, 2018

Eve-of-election TV debates may be key in tight race between populist president and pro-EU professor Drahos who warns incumbent could drag the country east.

M&A in Emerging Europe fell 17% in 2017 to €71.5bn, according to CMS/EMIS report

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2018

China becomes biggest foreign dealmaker in the region, making €7.7bn of acquisitions, up 78%.

Share of NPLs falls in EU but still at high levels in SEE

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2018

NPLs have been a severe problem in both Central and Southeast Europe since the global financial crisis, and remain particularly high in Bulgaria, Croatia and Slovenia.

Czech presidential election neck and neck, according to opinion polls

Robert Anderson in Prague January 22, 2018

Run-off between Milos Zeman and Jiri Drahos likely to be decided by TV duels.