Russia’s stock market is on a roll

Ben Aris in New York December 6, 2016

The MICEX index was up 23% year to date as of December 6 and its sister index, the dollar-denominated RTS, was doing even better, up a massive 41%, making it the best performing index in the world.

South Caucasus seeks to get on the winter sports bandwagon

Carmen Valache in Lund December 6, 2016

If you build the resorts, will anyone come?

Hungary ignores high-profile corruption as it boosts fight against grey economy

bne IntelliNews December 6, 2016

The measures are the latest in a series of reforms aimed at whitening the Hungarian economy, but critics point out the government has failed to take a similar stance against high-level corruption that blights the economy.

ENRC’s murky past comes back to haunt the rebranded Kazakh miner

Nick Kochan in London December 6, 2016

A bne investigation and a leaked letter from the UK's SFO shows that Kazakh miner Eurasian Resources Group has some way to go before it can escape its reputation for shadowy deals while it existed as ENRC.

External winds buffet an improving year

Nicholas Watson in Prague December 1, 2016

Despite the external blows of Brexit and then ‘Trumpquake’, there was a general improvement in Central and Eastern Europe’s transaction climate in 2016.

First steps for fintech in Romania

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 29, 2016

With just a handful of success stories so far, Romania’s fintech scene is still at a very early stage. But initiatives like Bucharest TechHub’s recent Fintech Month and support from companies and banks are intended to help foster the industry.

How President Poroshenko betrayed Ukraine’s Euromaidan dream

Graham Stack in Berlin November 18, 2016

Post-Euromaidan state prosecutors continue to have links to money laundering and organised crime, leaked documents show.

Hungarian church embraces government push against refugees

Blanka Zoldi in Brussels November 18, 2016

Hungary stands out not only for the length and depth of its harsh anti-immigrant campaign, but also the close support of the Catholic Church in the state's fight against Muslim refugees.

FINTECH: Blockchain on the starting blocks

bne IntelliNews November 17, 2016

Originally known only as the underlying technology for Bitcoin, blockchain has rapidly seen its reputation grow as a potentially disruptive technology whose applications lie far beyond the crypto-currency and the financial market.

INTERVIEW: Ukraine central bank sees single-digit rates in 2017 if base economic scenario pans out

Sergei Kuznetsov in Kyiv November 17, 2016

The central bank deputy governor claims the NBU’s interest rate policy proved “very successful” in 2016.

Seznam: a Czech A-list tech company

Benjamin Cunningham in Prague November 11, 2016

As global technology giants like Google and Facebook transition from helping people navigate the web to become content providers in their own right, at least one smaller competitor is keeping pace – the Czech firm Seznam.

Catching a ride with BlaBlaCar in Russia

Fabrice Deprez in Moscow November 11, 2016

Boosted by the economic crisis, BlaBlaCar wants to modernize travelling in Russia. The French intercity online car sharing comes to Russia's regions.

Political roadblocks ahead on Albania’s EU path

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 11, 2016

Albania’s Socialist-led government received just rewards for its reform efforts when the European Commission recommended the launch of EU accession negotiations, saying the candidate country has made steady progress on the priorities set.

Slovenians expect tourism boost from Melania Trump’s American dream

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade and Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 9, 2016

After her husband Donald’s shock victory in the US presidential election on November 8, Melania Trump is about to become the first non-US born first lady in two centuries.

Nato members digest Trump win, express concerns

Nicholas Watson in Prague November 9, 2016

Unpredictability is never an asset in foreign or defence policy, so the election of the mercurial Donald Trump to the US presidency is already causing conniptions in European capitals, especially those of Central Europe.

Masters of the EM universe

Ben Aris in Berlin November 8, 2016

“Western politicians haven’t forgiven Russia for Crimea, but the markets have.” The Russian bond market is booming in a welcome relief for the Kremlin. The rest of CEE not so much, as the ECB QE programme depresses yields to historic lows.

CEE/CIS BANK SURVEY 2016: Foreign players look for niches after market bottoms out

Robert Anderson in Prague November 7, 2016

With tighter regulatory rules looming, life is not going to get any easier for the region’s banks.

Estonia sells e-residency as Brexit dodge to UK companies

Fabrice Deprez in Tallinn November 7, 2016

There might be a way for British entrepreneurs and digital companies to dodge Brexit if they take up e-residency in Estonia, even if they physically remain in the UK and never visit the Baltic country.

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