CEE boom passes peak

Ben Aris in Berlin August 15, 2018

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.

Russian growth is stymied by a crisis of confidence

Ben Aris in Berlin August 8, 2018

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 flourishing toilet paper industry

Ben Aris in Berlin August 8, 2018

Russia’s economic growth may well be in the toilet, but that's probably the best time to get into the toilet paper business.

BUCHAREST BLOG: Diaspora Romanians seek to revive flagging protest movement

Carmen Simion in Bucharest August 3, 2018

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.

BRICKS AND MORTAR: Student accommodation no longer a neglected niche

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest August 1, 2018

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.

Death in Vinnytsia

Graham Stack in Vinnytsia July 23, 2018

A political corruption scandal revealed by bne IntelliNews in 2017 has erupted into a potent threat to Ukraine’s Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman.

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.