Eastern Europe / Features

FINTECH: Bitfury and Ukraine finalising e-government blockchain projects

Nicholas Watson in Prague May 23, 2017

Euromaidan was a cry from Ukrainians to have a “government of the people, by the people, for the people”, so it’s fitting Ukraine will be the first in the world to realise the full potential of blockchain to revolutionise e-government.

Ukrainian pensioners sing the blues

Mark Raczkiewycz in Kyiv May 17, 2017

Successive governments have avoided raising the retirement age and have failed to encourage businesses and people to contribute more to the pension fund.

Xi throws Chinese might behind One Belt, One Road initiative

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest, Kivanc Dundar in Istanbul, Tim Gosling in Prague, Kanat Shaku in Almaty May 15, 2017

Beijing is investing a massive $124bn into the global project to invest into infrastructure and trade networks across four continents.

CEE'S TOP BUSINESS LEADERS: Eastern Europe and Eurasia

bne IntelliNews May 12, 2017

Our look at which business leaders really matter in each CEE/CIS country, ranked by our correspondents not just on wealth but on influence.

Businesswomen seek a seat at the top table

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest May 11, 2017

The fall of communism has been followed by successive backlashes against feminism, the latest inspired by the election of populist rightwing governments.

PROFILE: Mikhail Fridman, chairman of Alfa Group

Ben Aris in Berlin May 10, 2017

The banking and telecoms tycoon outplayed many of his peers on his way to the top and has now been able to take much of his fortune outside Russia.

EBRD kicks off annual meeting with panel on women in the green economy

Carmen Valache in Nicosia May 10, 2017

Training women in science and technology to give them access to the green job market would reduce shortfall of skilled workers in emerging energy sectors.

CFA tries to raise financial awareness in emerging markets

Liam Halligan in Prague May 10, 2017

CFA Institute managing director Gary Baker talks to bne IntelliNews about winning back trust for the financial services industry and developing the sector's human capital.

CEE slowly warms up to energy efficiency

Carmen Valache in Lund May 10, 2017

Commercial banks have been slow to jump at the opportunity to finance small-scale energy efficiency projects because the return on investment for them tends to be low.

EBRD offers to help reduce state dominance of Ukraine banking sector

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv May 9, 2017

Nationalisation of stricken PrivatBank makes privatisation challenge even more daunting.

Robots lead Russian start-up invasion of Dublin’s Silicon Docks

Jason Corcoran in Dublin April 28, 2017

Russian tech ventures flock to the Irish capital to escape recession and recruit from the talent pool of the global giants.

Russian tourists celebrate the opening of spa season in Carlsbad

Ben Aris in Karlovy Vary April 28, 2017

​May 1 marks the official opening of the spa season in Czech spa Karlovy Vary or Carlsbad, and the start of the high season. But the legendary town is already awash with tourists, almost all from Russia.

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.

LONG READ: Ukraine is a global agro-superpower

Ben Aris in Berlin April 25, 2017

​Ukraine’s parliament is expected to allow the buying and selling of land by the end of May. If it is done well it could unlock billions of dollars of investment.

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