WoE Russia reforms with Sergei Guriev chief economist EBRD

November 10, 2016

Russia's economy is flat on its back, but is expected to return to growth in 2017, albeit anaemic. bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris discusses the outlook for the recently launched reform programme with the EBRD's new chief economist Sergei Guriev, as well as the prospects for the rest of the

Window on the East: Romanian Stocks - from frontier to emerging market status

November 8, 2016

Romania has been one of the few outstanding success strories in New Europe in the last few years. Now Bucharest wants to upgrade the country's capital market from Frontier Market status to Emerging Market. bne IntelliNews's editor-in-chief Ben Aris talks to the Bucharest Stock Exchange CEO Ludwik So

Window on the East: Belarus launches reforms - a new paradigm or business as usual?

October 9, 2016

Belarus is in an economic hole and has launched a raft of liberal reforms that could improve transaprency, efficiency and makes state owned companies accountable. Is this a new paradigm, or just business as usual: all talk and little action. bne IntelliNews Editor-in-Chief Ben Aris talks t

Window on the East: Central Europe stuck in the middle with you

October 9, 2016

Austria is uncomfortable with the way that the EU is being run, but surrounded by EU members it can't and won't leave. bne IntelliNews Editor-in-chief talks with former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer about where the trade club can go from here. Ben Aris, Editor-in-chief bne Inte

Window on the East: Is the EU project in danger of falling apart?

October 6, 2016

The countries of Central Europe are unhappy with the direction the EU is taking, but lying at the heart of Europe none of them are willing to do an Exit.  bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris talks to Vaclav Klaus, the second president of the Czech Republic 2003-2013, about the

Window on the East: Russia votes for a new Duma. Will it results in protests or status quo?

September 15, 2016

Russians go to the polls on September 18 to vote for a new Duma. The result is a foregone conclusion, but vote rigging in the previous parliamentary elections ended in mass street protests. What is on the cards this time round bne IntelliNews' editor-in-chief Ben Aris talks to Professor Mark

Window on the East: Will Ukraine win the difficult fight with corruption?

September 5, 2016

Ukraine is struggling with a fight against the endemic corruption. Progress has been slow and its western donors are getting impatient. Can it succeed?  bne IntelliNews' editor-in-chief talks to Ukrainian activists and leading independent journalist Kateryna Kruk and Hromadske

Window on the East: Will Russia invade Ukraine and what is Putin's game

August 25, 2016

Russia is building up its military forces on Ukraine’s border. Will it invade this time, or is this all part of a geopolitical dance ahead of the G20 summit in China on September 4th? bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris talks to Swedish economist and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council i

Window on the East: What to make of Turkey's bungled coup?

July 18, 2016

As the dust settles in Turkey following a failed military coup, bne IntelliNews Editor-in-Chief Ben Aris speaks to our correspondents to make sense of what happened. Has the failed coup strengthened President Erdogan's hand as he creeps closer to his long-term goal of an executive presidency? Who

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