Turkmenistan remains an economic basket case but in Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at least its people have a president who regularly takes to the stage for a sing-song to cheer them up.
Country's post-election political storm looks over. The small nation at the crossroads of Europe and Asia might now get back to business.
Uzbekistan is coming in from the cold, and foreign investors will keep a keen eye on opportunities that might be opening up in 2019, the third year of the country’s new era.
bne IntelliNews is publishing 2019 outlooks for the countries we cover.
Romania’s economy is cooling down and the accelerating political turmoil and inefficient public administration are now jeopardising the country’s economic performance.
What a stupendous year 2018 was for Armenia’s ‘velvet revolutionary’ Nikol Pashinian. First he led massive street protests that toppled the government. Then his My Step Alliance scored a stunning triumph in December’s parliamentary elections.
In coverage of Azerbaijani politics three big topics continue to hog the headlines—energy cooperation, human rights and the longstanding frozen conflict (with sporadic flare-ups) between Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh
Prime Minister Viktor Orban firmed his grip on power after the third consecutive supermajority win by his conservative Fidesz party in the April 2018 general election, thanks to a strong economy and a relentless anti-migration campaign
The political situation in Croatia is expected to remain stable during 2019. Recent polls have shown the ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) to be the most popular party in the country, with support standing at around 26%-27%.
2019 is a crucial year for Albania in terms of EU integration. Albania is expected to keep posting strong economic growth in 2019 and to continue EU-oriented reforms, particularly in the justice system, with the aim of launching EU accession talks
Bosnia & Herzegovina is heading for a year of faster economic growth thanks to strengthening private consumption, but political tensions could harm the otherwise positive outlook in 2019.
Slovenia experienced several months of deadlock following the 2018 general election, that was finally resolved as comedian-turned-politician Marjan Sarec managed to cobble together a five-party minority coalition.
Kosovo ended 2018 with its always fraught relations with Serbia at crisis point, following Pristina’s imposition of punitive import tariffs on its neighbours and the parliament’s December 2018 vote in favour of creating a Kosovan army.
Two important elections — for Lithuania’s new president and the European parliament — will take place in May 2019. The presidential election campaign period formally started in November, six months before the vote.
Moldova boasted robust growth rates of around 4.5% in 2018 and may perform similarly in 2019, but the outlook is pretty volatile because of the upcoming general and local elections.
At the end of 2018, three months after Latvia's general election, there was still no government in Riga. The fragmented parliament that emerged in the aftermath of the October vote has been struggling to piece together a functioning coalition.
The political agenda in Ukraine will be dominated in 2019 by the two elections, for president on March 31 and the Verkhovna Rada in October.
Estonia is facing a general election in 2019, which President Kersti Kaljulaid has called for March 3. The ruling Centre Party is currently leading the polls although its result in a December poll by Kantar Emor was weak.
Slovakia’s economic activity is expected to strengthen in 2019. Real GDP growth accelerated to 4.6% y/y in the third quarter of 2018, driven mainly by domestic demand. The growth is expected to average 4.3% in both 2018 and 2019
Kazakh GDP grew by 4.1% y/y in the first 10 months of 2018. The growth rate stood largely unchanged in comparison to the figures reported in the first nine months, first half and first quarter of 2018 - growth uniformly stood at 4%-4.1% throughout th