Eastern Europe / Features

United Capital Partners – Russian rainmakers trying to change their spots

Jason Corcoran in Moscow October 20, 2016

UCP’s newfound role as champion of activist investment in Russia is questioned given the finance firm’s ties to people in high places.

FINTECH: A Flare for making blockchain scalable

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 13, 2016

The most immediate challenge for blockchain is scaling the technology so it can handle increased transaction traffic in the years to come. Bitfury and Lightning Network have taken a big step towards this.

Belarusian reforms: a new liberal paradigm or business as usual?

Ben Aris in Berlin October 10, 2016

Belarus has launched a mini-revolution that could be a “paradigm shift” in the way the country is run, analysts at Berlin Economics believe. But can this new five-year programme actually be implemented?

INTERVIEW: Ukraine’s gas traders open taps on a brighter future

bne IntelliNews October 10, 2016

Ukraine has undergone a quiet revolution. In the past two years an open gas market was created and the first independent traders are already buying and importing large amounts of gas from Europe to feed the country’s thirst for energy.

LONG READ: The difficult dialogue of civilisations

Ben Aris in Rhodes October 6, 2016

“Europe is not in crisis. It is a crisis!” thundered former Czech president Vaclav Klaus. Is Central Europe undermining EU solidarity? EU leaders, past and present, met at the Rhodes Forum 2016 to discuss the issues, but came up with few answers.

Southeast Europe seeks to build on strong tourist season

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 3, 2016

Can governments and private sector investors in countries from Croatia to Romania build upon this year’s rise in tourist numbers and continue to attract larger numbers of holidaymakers in future?

INTERVIEW: Russian tech billionaire Kaspersky caught in cyber Cold War crossfire

Jason Corcoran in Dublin September 29, 2016

Eugene Kaspersky owes some credit for his computer wizardry to the Soviet KGB. But he tells bne IntelliNews that today he is waging a non-partisan fight against cybercrime, caught between the two sides in a virtual East-West conflict.

Will Republika Srpska’s national day referendum herald a vote on independence from Bosnia?

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest September 28, 2016

By going ahead with a referendum on the national day, the president of Republika Srpska, the Serb half of the divided Bosnia & Hercegovina nation, was testing the response of the central authorities and the international community.

Netherlands and Ukraine’s EU free trade and association deal – what to expect next?

Iana Dreyer in Brussels September 27, 2016

Is this the end of the deal? Not quite: negotiations with the EU and Ukraine have only recently begun and some areas have already been applied provisionally after the deal was ratified by the EU institutions.

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