COMMENT: CEE should be worried about the next EU budget

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2018

The EU budget has had a positive impact on economic growth and helped to improve the quality of infrastructure in poorer parts of the bloc, not least in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). However, the budget is about to be cut.

BRICKS & MORTAR: Budapest's shopping mall market is buzzing

Levente Szilagyi in Budapest May 17, 2018

Futureal Group is the latest firm to start development of a new mall in the Hungarian capital as the booming economy has brought back investors.

Emerging markets have gone off the boil since April

Ben Aris in Berlin May 16, 2018

Net inflows into emerging markets have turned negative in the last month, although the sell off has not been as severe as earlier crisis-related routs.

BRICKS & MORTAR: Hungary’s real estate market rebounds

Ben Aris in Berlin May 16, 2018

Hungary is part of the wider CEE property boom, with the country’s strong economic growth buoying the local real estate market.

George Soros foundation officially announces departure from Hungary

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2018

Decision comes as the right-wing Hungarian government prepares to impose further restrictions on NGOs through what it has branded its “Stop Soros” package of legislation.

COMMENT: EU conference in Sofia highlights the Balkans’ looming energy crisis

Henry Stanek in Brussels May 14, 2018

European Union member states gather in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the EU-Western Balkans summit this week, and need to address the precarious state of energy security in the Balkans. Is nuclear power the answer?

COMMENT: Hungary's Orban has flouted EU values and he is getting away with it

Lindsay Mackenzie in Glasgow April 30, 2018

Orban has set a dangerous precedent. He has shown that an EU member can go after the rule of law, independent media and civil society and get away with it.

Few surprises among Orban's picks for new cabinet

bne IntelliNews April 30, 2018

Hungary's prime minister loses chief of staff and scraps development ministry amid a shift of focus to high tech sectors, but there are no changes at the economy, interior or foreign ministries.

Hungary roasted at EP committee meeting under threat of Article 7 invocation

bne IntelliNews April 27, 2018

MEPs say Hungarian government's attacks on judicial independence and civil society represent a clear risk of a serious breach of EU values

Bulgarian worst placed on EU's severe material deprivation ranking

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2018

Almost half of Bulgarian children and those aged over 65 are at severe risk of poverty or material deprivation.

Poland shines in EY global corruption survey, fellow V4 countries fare poorly

Jaroslav Hroch in Prague April 25, 2018

The EY survey ranking dispels some myths about corruption in Europe on both sides of the former Iron Curtain, as it shows Poland doing better than the UK and on a par with France.

Political hostility to journalists intensifies from Central Europe to Eurasia

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2018

RSF Index 2018 takes aim at populist leaders from Donald Trump to Czech President Milos Zeman, warning that hostility towards the media is no longer limited to authoritarian regimes.

Hungarian oligarch Meszaros quits mayoral job to focus on business empire

bne IntelliNews April 25, 2018

Meszaros, a lifelong friend of PM Viktor Orban, hopes to avoid media scrutiny by stepping down as mayor of Felcsut, as he anticipates "significant transactions" ahead for the listed companies he controls.

Mass protests continue in Hungary against Orban government

bne IntelliNews April 23, 2018

At least 100,000 join rally against curbs on press freedom and attacks on civil society, but keynote speakers blame opposition parties for failing to unite ahead of election that delivered another resounding Fidesz victory.

Is Armenia facing a colour revolution? Popular protests on the rise in Emerging Europe

Ben Aris in Berlin April 22, 2018

Whether or not the detention of opposition leader Nikol Pashinian proves enough to lop the head off the Armenian demonstrations, analysts will note yet another example of how ready people are across Emerging Europe to take to the streets.