Kazakhstan central bank surprisingly cut its base rate and suggested more easing is on the way as stronger tenge curbs inflation.
Lithuania and Georgia now outperform US on index, as global economies backslide while many CEE and CIS countries forge ahead
Vienna stays as the second most liveable city in the world in an EIU survey, though rising instability means Kyiv, Moscow, St Petersburg all appeared in the top-10 list of the biggest declines in liveability scores over the past five years.
Russia's neighbours in the CIS are getting crushed by its problems as exports evaporate and the all important remittances are down by two fifths and currently at their lowest level since 2006.
While efforts to deleverage are underway in a number of EU and CEE/CIS economies, Central Asia is headed the other way. Government debt burdens across the region are building, with currency weakness the overwhelming culprit.
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