VISEGRAD: Social Democrat divisions over populism on display

Robert Anderson in Prague December 5, 2016

Czech and Slovak premiers call for left to refocus on living standards and workers' rights.

Central Europe’s factories unsure of Eurozone recovery

bne IntelliNews December 1, 2016

Central European factories remain on an uncertain footing, purchasing manager indices suggest, despite further signs of recovery in the Eurozone.

Hungarian public works schemes just hide problems

Blanka Zoldi in Brussels December 1, 2016

If those on public works schemes were considered as unemployed, the country’s jobless rate would be the highest among the Visegrad countries, rather than the lowest.

OECD views fiscal stimulus and stronger investment as vital for Visegrad and Baltics

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2016

Spending in areas with longer term payoffs are particularly crucial in CEE, where innovation and productivity are low.

Hungary aims to become Central Europe's tax haven

Blanka Zoldi in Brussels November 24, 2016

But foreign investors remain more worried by discrimination, erratic policymaking and skill shortages.

CONFERENCE CALL: Europe leaves normative era as Russian influence in CEE grows

Dan Nolan in Budapest November 23, 2016

“Russian influence in the CEE region” was the focus of discussion at a conference organised by the Budapest-based think-tank Political Capital.

Slovakia’s EU asylum reform proposal exposes continuing splits in bloc

bne IntelliNews November 18, 2016

Slovak officials claimed on November 18 that its ‘effective solidarity’ proposal has been met with interest. That appears at odds with anger expressed by other member states.

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.

Central Europe and Baltics still struggling to cast off corruption, TI survey shows

bne IntelliNews November 17, 2016

The performance of Central European and Baltic countries to stem corruption in the political system continues to be middling to poor, Transparency International’s (TI) Global Corruption Barometer suggested on November 16.

VISEGRAD: Central European consumers left to carry the weight

Tim Gosling in Prague November 16, 2016

GDP growth in Central Europe slumped in the third quarter, dragged down by the collapse of investment and signs of slowing industry.

Auto sector continues dragging on Hungarian industry

bne IntelliNews November 14, 2016

The ongoing struggle of the vital carmaking sector to stabilize, together with a decline in other important subsections dragged on Hungarian industry as output slumped back into decline September.

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.

Far-right blocks Hungary's anti-immigration constitutional change

bne IntelliNews November 9, 2016

The Hungarian parliament rejects the proposed constitutional amendment against EU migrant quotas as Jobbik votes with left.

Regional heavyweights join chase for SABMiller's CEE brewers

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2016

A Polish-Hungarian insurance and energy consortium is amongst a list of six suitors to have submitted preliminary bids for SABMiller’s Central and Eastern European beer brands.

Hungarian industrial output slumps again in September

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2016

Following a sharp surge in August, Hungary’s industrial output slumped back into decline in September, decreasing 3.7%.

Hungarian inflation jumps to thee-year high in October

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2016

Hungary’s CPI increased to 1% in October, which represents a three-year high, as fuel prices added momentum.

Marks & Spencer to exit several CEE, SEE markets in global overhaul

Carmen Simion in Bucharest November 8, 2016

Stores in Hungary, Poland and Romania to shut as UK-based retailer reports fall in profits.

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.

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