The boom Central and Eastern Europe has been enjoying for the last four years has reached its peak as countries in the region start to run up against their structural limits.
Russia’s economy is doing fairly well but what is holding it back from faster growth is a crisis of confidence among businesses. Corruption and red tape are problems, but the predatory nature of the state-owned enterprises is a bigger one.
Russia’s economic growth may well be in the toilet, but that's probably the best time to get into the toilet paper business.
Numbers have dwindled at the once massive anti-corruption protests in Bucharest, allowing the government to forge ahead with changes to justice laws and criminal legislation.
As the property boom in Central and Eastern Europe continues, investors are looking for new and lucrative niches to target. Except in Poland, the student accommodation segment has barely been exploited in the region but it has high potential.
A political corruption scandal revealed by bne IntelliNews in 2017 has erupted into a potent threat to Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.
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.