Polish parliament passes law giving government control of supreme court

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 20, 2017

Donald Tusk warns that bill "will ruin the already dented reputation of Polish democracy" as Commission considers unprecedented move to strip Warsaw of EU voting rights.

Poland pushes supreme court overhaul despite warning from Brussels

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 20, 2017

Commission officials talk of activating never before used severe procedure to suspend an EU member state's voting rights as Warsaw accelerates politicisation of judiciary.

Polish president delays ruling party's push to control supreme court

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 19, 2017

Duda introduces demands meaning PiS would partly need to work with opposition to reshape judiciary.

Thousands march in Poland over PiS move to politicise judiciary

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 17, 2017

Legislative moves to control supreme court and appointing of judges spark protests, but demonstrations nothing exceptional.

V4, Baltic and SEE states clock up strong new car registrations growth in H1

bne IntelliNews July 16, 2017

Growth in most Central and Southeast European member states outstrips modest 4.7% average increase in demand seen across the EU.

Nato still has a mixed reception in Emerging Europe

Ben Aris in Berlin July 14, 2017

After 70 years of being told Nato was the enemy, most of the populations of the former Communist bloc continue to have mixed feelings about their former enemies – even if the geopolitics have changed radically.

Growth potential of CEE and SEE halved in crisis decade, says IMF official

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2017

Fund’s Europe head warns rapid outflows of skilled workers, ageing workforce and political turmoil are adding to dilemma.

PiS nears complete party control over Polish judiciary

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 13, 2017

Passed bill switches right to nominate judges to parliament, government now also seeking clout over supreme court.

Czechs claim conclusive evidence of second-rate supermarket goods in CEE

bne IntelliNews July 12, 2017

Czech agriculture minister cites extensive research results in calling on EU counterparts to finally address issue of inferior consumer products being sold by multinationals in ‘second league’ member states.

COMMENT: Trying times for the WTO in Hamburg

Iana Dreyer of Borderlex July 10, 2017

Diplomats at the G20 summit in Hamburg managed to cobble together a compromise text promising not to resort to trade protectionism, but whether this will eliminate the threat of trade wars remains to be seen.

Raiffeisen Bank Polska's IPO nonstarter amid lack of interest

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 7, 2017

Speculation the float demanded by Polish financial regulator would flop proves well-founded with banking market bedevilled by Swiss franc mortgages.

Trump punches Poland’s happy buttons with first European speech

Wojciech Kosc and Nick Allen in Warsaw July 6, 2017

In a 40-minute address in central Warsaw the US president worked key themes from energy, Nato protection and standing up to Russia.

Polish debt collector GetBack prices IPO amid resurgent WSE trading

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 5, 2017

Details of company's debut disclosed with Poland's main equities market buoyed by share trading that expanded for an eighth consecutive month in June.

Trump warms up in friendly Poland ahead of G20 talks with critics

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 5, 2017

Poland and other CEE states hope for US support for their energy security and a commitment to Nato unity.

Poland in talks on further LNG supplies from US

bne IntelliNews July 4, 2017

Polish state-controlled oil and gas company PGNiG is in talks with the US on more LNG shipments to follow the first supply from Cheniere Energy that arrived in Poland in early June, a presidential aide said on July 4.

Central European PMIs remain robust in June

bne IntelliNews July 3, 2017

Central European manufacturing purchasing manager indices (PMI) remained robust in June, according to data released on July 3. However, the results were less impressive than forecast.

EU states split on Commission mandate for Nord Stream 2

Tim Gosling in Prague June 27, 2017

Thirteen of the 28 EU member states have given their backing to a request from the European Commission for a mandate to negotiate with Russia over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Russian pipeline dispute escalates as US enters the fray

Yigal Chazan of Alaco June 26, 2017

American sanctions threat fuels tensions surrounding Russia’s plans to expand gas supplies to Europe.

Czech PM-in-waiting jumps aboard populist bandwagon as he breaks foreign policy silence

Tim Gosling in Prague June 26, 2017

The Czech Republic will not join the euro or the push for deeper EU integration, and will continue to resist migrant quotas, said Andrej Babis, who looks destined to become PM following elections in October.

Visegrad states react according to script to EU summit's calls for reform

bne IntelliNews June 26, 2017

While the Eurosceptic Poles and Hungarians were scathing of French President Macron’s efforts to kickstart reform of the bloc, the Czechs and Slovaks were more open minded.