OUTLOOK 2019 Czech Republic

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

The Czech economy is driven mainly by private consumption that is expected to slow to 3.0% in 2018. Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) has been booming for the last few years, but it is slowing now that the region is running up against structural limit

OUTLOOK 2019 Serbia

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

Serbia enters the new year with uncertainty on two fronts: the domestic discontent with President Aleksandar Vucic among a segment of the population, together with escalating tensions with Pristina. Overall, the country seems set for a politically un

OUTLOOK 2019 Russia

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

Russian politics are dominated by the threat of new “crushing” sanctions from the US that were due in the autumn, but now have been put off until the first quarter of 2019. However, the consensus is new sanctions are on the way in 2019 and their natu

OUTLOOK 2019 Poland

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

Time flies. It might seem the rule of Law and Justice (PiS) is still the shocking new in Polish politics, yet 2019 will be the year of the first real test for the ruling party’s resilience.

OUTLOOK 2019 Macedonia

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

The main event for Macedonia in 2019 will be the expected change of the country’s name to North Macedonia under the deal with Greece, a historic move that will put an end to a two decades long dispute and unblock the country’s Nato and EU perspective

OUTLOOK 2019 Montenegro

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

Montenegro’s politics remain turbulent. Since the October 2016 general election, most opposition parties have refused to join parliament sessions, claiming that the election result was not legitimate

OUTLOOK 2019 Belarus

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

In the placid pool of Belarusian domestic politics the only thing making any waves is the apparent effort by Russia to wean the republic off its de facto energy subsidy teat. Russia’s so-called tax manoeuvre will cost Minsk dearly

Castoff clothing a $770mn business in Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest and Tirana December 20, 2018

The CEE and Eurasia region accounts for around a quarter of the thriving $3bn global trade in secondhand clothing from western countries, but trade flows are being altered by rising incomes in the region and the falling quality of exports.