Moldova’s top banks, insurers up for sale

bne IntelliNews April 19, 2018

Financial sector in limbo as no buyers come forward for stakes in major banks and insurers that were confiscated after illegal coordination by shareholders was detected.

EU now top destination for Transnistria's fast-growing exports

bne IntelliNews April 17, 2018

Separatist republic benefits from Moldova’s free trade agreement with the EU, with sales to EU countries now outstripping those to Russia fourfold, helping push total exports up 45% y/y to $184mn in Q1.

Moldovan industry posts robust growth in January-February

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2018

4.1% growth in first two months of 2018 indicates the economy has returned to the strong growth cycle started at the end of 2016, which seemed to have stalled at the end of last year.

Macedonia defies illiberal trend in otherwise gloomy Freedom House report

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2018

Macedonia described as the "most promising chance for a democratic breakthrough" in Europe, as prospects for democracy look bleak in majority of post-communist states.

Below-target inflation in March opens door to rate cut in Moldova

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 12, 2018

Headline inflation dropped to 4.7% in March, but the final decision on whether to resume the monetary rate lowering cycle rests on the central bank's confidence in banks' capacity to accommodate new regulations implemented last year.

Nato joins wave of Russian diplomat expulsions after Skripal poisoning

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 28, 2018

Several European states followed suit but others are still considering whether to take action over the poisoning of an ex-spy on British soil, which has already triggered over 100 expulsions by western countries.