Eastern Europe / Features

Ukraine’s PrivatBank faces down growing nationalisation fears over questionable lending

Graham Stack in London December 7, 2016

A drab office block in outer London is home to five firms that hold hundreds of millions of euros in undeclared bank accounts in Ukraine’s largest bank, PrivatBank, bne can reveal.

Russia’s stock market is on a roll

Ben Aris in New York December 6, 2016

The MICEX index was up 23% year to date as of December 6 and its sister index, the dollar-denominated RTS, was doing even better, up a massive 41%, making it the best performing index in the world.

External winds buffet an improving year

Nicholas Watson in Prague December 1, 2016

Despite the external blows of Brexit and then ‘Trumpquake’, there was a general improvement in Central and Eastern Europe’s transaction climate in 2016.

How President Poroshenko betrayed Ukraine’s Euromaidan dream

Graham Stack in Berlin November 18, 2016

Post-Euromaidan state prosecutors continue to have links to money laundering and organised crime, leaked documents show.

INTERVIEW: Ukraine central bank sees single-digit rates in 2017 if base economic scenario pans out

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv November 17, 2016

The central bank deputy governor claims the NBU’s interest rate policy proved “very successful” in 2016.

Catching a ride with BlaBlaCar in Russia

Fabrice Deprez in Moscow November 11, 2016

Boosted by the economic crisis, BlaBlaCar wants to modernize travelling in Russia. The French intercity online car sharing comes to Russia's regions.

Nato members digest Trump win, express concerns

Nicholas Watson in Prague November 9, 2016

Unpredictability is never an asset in foreign or defence policy, so the election of the mercurial Donald Trump to the US presidency is already causing conniptions in European capitals, especially those of Central Europe.

Masters of the EM universe

Ben Aris in Berlin November 8, 2016

“Western politicians haven’t forgiven Russia for Crimea, but the markets have.” The Russian bond market is booming in a welcome relief for the Kremlin. The rest of CEE not so much, as the ECB QE programme depresses yields to historic lows.

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