Georgian presidential runoff fallout: defeated candidate calls for mass protests, early general election

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest and Will Conroy in Prague November 30, 2018

OSCE says campaign saw significant deviations from democratic principles. Winner, backed by Georgia’s richest man, “enjoyed an undue advantage”, it concludes.

East European cities mull banger bans as “dirty diesel” exports threaten to worsen air quality

Clare Nuttall in Tirana November 29, 2018

Governments and city authorities in Southeast Europe and Eurasia want to limit imports of the older car models that have flooded into the region as few people can afford new cars.

Ruling party endorsed Zurabishvili wins Georgian presidency

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest and Will Conroy in Prague November 29, 2018

Runoff prompts observers to question whether some voters were intimidated by Russia and Ukraine’s Sea of Azov clash.

Oligarch and party chief Ivanishvili buys Georgians’ bad loans ahead of election runoff

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 20, 2018

Eyebrows raised as tycoon’s foundation agrees to acquire in-default debt ahead of highly competitive November 28 vote faced by his favoured candidate.

4G growing fast in CEE with mobile penetrations running ahead of the global average

EWDN in Moscow November 13, 2018

The research branch of international mobile operator association GSMA has released a report on the mobile economy in Russia and 11 neighbouring countries that found the digital economy and telecoms services are growing faster than the global average.