New EU states record strong car registration surges in August

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2017

Registrations driven by strengthening European economies and the availability of newly introduced models that made inroads with consumers such as SUVs and hatchbacks from France’s Renault and Peugeot.

Eastern Europe on alert as Russia targets “West” in largest war games for years

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2017

Nato members Poland and the Baltic states fear Russia will use the "Zapad" exercise to boost its military presence in the Kaliningrad region and possibly in Belarus.

We’ll protect your consumers but crack down on your workers, Juncker tells eastern EU states

bne IntelliNews September 14, 2017

Slovakia and Czechia say EU has not been doing enough to stop food, beverage and other household consumer products companies from selling “second-class” goods to their citizens.

Warsaw rated most attractive financial centre in CEE

bne IntelliNews September 13, 2017

Polish capital rises five places on global ranking by China Development Institute and London-based consultancy Z/Yen.

Brexit to boost CEE's GDP as migrants "boomerang" home

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest September 12, 2017

Return of citizens to region after UK leaves EU will be a boon to economic growth, real estate markets and companies struggling with shortages of skilled workers, new study concludes.

Hungary’s government mulls action against big brewers

Levente Szilagyi in Budapest September 11, 2017

"Lex Heineken" ready to be submitted to the parliament as Budapest considers further measures to curb the dominance of multinational beer makers.

Anti-migrant sentiment strongest in Eastern European countries

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2017

Residents of Macedonia, Montenegro and Hungary the least keen to live alongside migrants, a Gallup poll shows.

Russian institutions beat CEE peers on world university ranking

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2017

Lomonosov Moscow State University the best ranked university in the CEE/CIS region on new ranking compiled by THE.

Hungary threatens to block Romania’s OECD accession

Carmen Simion in Bucharest September 6, 2017

Dispute over Catholic school in majority-Hungarian Transylvanian town has wider consequences for relations between neighbouring states as Hungary looks ahead to 2018 election.

Hungary says “rape of European law and values” behind EU court’s refugees verdict

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2017

Judgement says quota approach places fair demand on Budapest to share burden of migrant crisis, causing fury in Hungary but prompting a measured response from Slovakia.

CEE commercial real estate investment falls 6% in first half

bne IntelliNews September 1, 2017

The Czech Republic was the stand-out performer in H1 with €2.2bn in investment, ahead of Russia with €1.6bn and Poland with €1.1bn, according to Cushman & Wakefield report.

Putin meets Orban for the eighth time in seven years

bne IntelliNews August 29, 2017

Russian president assures Hungarian premier over funding for Paks 2 nuclear plant even as Budapest mulls different options.

Private equity investment in CEE hits highest figure since 2009

Robert Anderson in Prague August 27, 2017

Private equity investment rose to €1.6bn in CEE ex-Russia last year, while fundraising for investing in the region soared 62% to €621mn.

VISEGRAD: Macron plays divide and rule in Central Europe

Robert Anderson in Prague August 24, 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of the Czech and Slovak premiers for his drive to reform the EU’s rules on posted workers.

COMMENT: Central European stock markets still look good, while Russia's is improving

Peter Szopo of Erste Asset Management August 22, 2017

2017, so far, has been the best year for Central European equities since 2012, while the Russian index has been the worst performing major stock market.