Polish PPI inflation picks up slightly in January

bne IntelliNews February 20, 2019

The moderate PPI level corresponds to stubbornly weak inflation, which eased to just 0.9% y/y in January.

COMMENT: The Warsaw ministerial on the Middle East: A new dimension of solidarity

Maxim Mikheev research associate at the Dialogue of Civilisations in Berlin February 16, 2019

On February 13-14, the “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East” conference was held in Warsaw at the initiative of Poland and the United States, and gathered representatives from 62 countries.

Poland concedes setback in quest to stop Nord Stream 2

bne IntelliNews February 12, 2019

Warsaw's hopes of stopping the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline were dashed, as Germany and France pushed through a compromise wording of amendments to EU’s gas market rules that will result in the weakening of the bloc’s joint control.

Poland’s new “Spring” party hopes to end two-party stalemate

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 4, 2019

Robert Biedron, the openly gay Polish politician who became mayor of the seaside town of Slupsk, has challenged the political status quo by forming a new liberal-left party.

Polish economy grows 5.1% in 2018 but slowdown looming this year

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2019

The full year result beats the revised 4.8% growth recorded in 2017 and arrives on the back of healthy household consumption – an effect of a very tight labour market – and a recovery in investment.

HEATMAP: Russia and Ukraine battle it out for title of most corrupt country in Europe

Ben Aris in Berlin January 30, 2019

Russia recaptured the dubious title of “most corrupt country in Eastern Europe” after it slipped three places in this year’s Transparency International Corruption Perceptions index, falling to 138th place out of 180 countries.

Investors shrug off politics to boost deal value in emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 28, 2019

The value of M&A deals in the region soared by 20.1% in 2018, with investors largely ignoring populism and protests in Central and Southeast Europe, a CMS/EMIS report shows.

Russia drops two places on Bloomberg innovation ranking

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2019

Despite the hype surrounding the state digitisation programme, Russia fell to 27th place in the global innovative rankings produced by Bloomberg, but was still the third best in Emerging Europe.

Poland stuns Brussels with proposal to put time limit on Irish backstop

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 22, 2019

The Polish minister’s idea surprised Brussels as it is not in line with the EU’s position, although Warsaw under the Law and Justice government has long been at odds with EU over a number of issues.