Features

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.

Kiwi.com – the next Czech unicorn nears fruition

Nicholas Watson in Prague April 26, 2017

For all its noted manufacturing and IT prowess, the Czech Republic still only boasts one unicorn company, Avast Software. However, another Czech startup with a valuation of over $1bn is appearing on the horizon – the online travel agency Kiwi.com.

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.

Czech manufacturers look increasingly to 3D printing but barriers remain

Nicholas Watson in Prague April 24, 2017

The Czech Republic is looking to become a centre for additive manufacturing in CEE but experts warn there are numerous obstacles to overcome before it becomes more widespread in the region.

INTERVIEW: Albanian PM Rama stands firm as opposition threatens election boycott

Andrew MacDowall in Tirana April 21, 2017

Edi Rama confident his Socialist Party will be re-elected in June, but bitter rift with opposition has stalled judicial reforms and put Albania’s EU future in doubt.

Visegrad sovereign debt rush set to fade

Tim Gosling in Prague April 19, 2017

Debt issues came thick and fast in the first quarter of the year, and sovereigns have fulfilled large chunks of their full-year borrowing plans already.

FINTECH: Africa welcomes emerging fintech startups

Nicholas Watson in Prague April 19, 2017

Given financial technology is about start-ups looking to eat into financial firms’ intermediary roles, it is not surprising that Africa, with its inefficient banks and sclerotic infrastructure, is feeling the full force of the fintech wave.

FILM REVIEW: Soaring with Qatar’s super-rich in artful documentary “The Challenge”

Vadim Dumesh in Paris April 14, 2017

Italian video artist Yuri Ancarani embarks on a mesmerising journey through the Gulf kingdom's deserts, ancient tradition of falconry and Las Vegan opulence.

Albania’s banking sector returns to growth after rolling with the punches

Ben Aris in Budapest April 13, 2017

Albania’s banking sector has rolled with the punches thrown by the economic crisis, but this year should mark a return to growth.

Mayday for Turkish Airlines’ “super-connector” strategy

Will Conroy in Prague April 7, 2017

Turkish Airlines looks likely to be one of the airlines worst affected by the US government’s carry-on laptop ban.

From boxing clubs to the Seychelles: investigating Ukraine’s corrupt customs

Graham Stack in Berlin April 6, 2017

Customs fraud schemes are estimated to amount to $20bn a year, funding kickbacks that grease the wheels of Ukrainian politics.

Agrokor giant brought down by addiction to junk debt

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest April 5, 2017

The Croatian food and retail group could not compete with the cheaper financing costs and higher efficiency of its new West European competitors.

Buy Russia

Ben Aris in Berlin April 4, 2017

Recent falls in Russian stock prices have created a buying opportunity for those that missed out on last year’s rally.

CEE/CIS TRADE FINANCE SURVEY 2017: Grappling with the “new normal” of sanctions and compliance

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2017

Banks are having to pedal twice as hard just to keep momentum, but innovative players are developing new tailored solutions and products to meet the needs of clients.

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