Eurasia / Features

Fast fashion’s race to the frontiers

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest September 13, 2018

The fast fashion business model revolutionised mass market retail in the 2000s but as Western markets become saturated the heady rise in profits is slowing, causing retailers to look to Eastern Europe and other emerging markets.

Turkish, Russian devaluations are spilling over into Central Asia and the Caucuses

bne IntelliNews September 3, 2018

The Turkish currency crisis is not expected to cause contagion in other emerging markets but it has hurt the currencies of its regional neighbours where it plays a more important role via trade, banking and investment links.

Can ‘Stans’ integration tempt the Taliban into breakthrough talks?

Kanat Shaku in Almaty August 30, 2018

To all-round surprise, the Islamic fundamentalists six months ago offered to protect Afghanistan's section of the planned TAPI gas pipeline. Observers now wonder if they might eventually shake their addiction to an opium-hooked economy.

Second time lucky for Kazakhstan’s dream of becoming a regional financial hub?

Kanat Shaku in Astana, Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty July 17, 2018

The Astana International Finance Centre (AIFC) boasts a new bourse owned by Nasdaq and the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and the promise of special economic perks has stirred interest among international investors.

BALKAN BLOG: Romanian anti-corruption beacon extinguished

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest July 10, 2018

Romania's chief anti-corruption prosecutor had long been considered an icon of the struggle against official corruption not only for Romanians but for other countries in the region that had hoped to follow the example set in Bucharest.