VISEGRAD: Orban and Kaczynski’s ‘cultural counter-revolution’ will devour its children

Robert Anderson in Prague October 25, 2016

Hungary and Poland's crusade has little support and will only damage themselves.

EU leaders hesitate on new sanctions against Russia for Aleppo assault

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2016

EU leaders said they will consider all options against the Syrian government and Russia for atrocities committed in Aleppo, but met resistance from Italy in the issue of imposing new economic sanctions.

Polish industrial production growth slows again in September

bne IntelliNews October 19, 2016

Polish industrial production expanded 3.2% y/y in September, data from statistical office GUS showed on October 19. The reading reveals a considerable slowdown from the 7.5% expansion in August.

Cinven, Permira, Mid Europa Partners win deal to buy Poland’s Allegro for $3.253bn

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 14, 2016

A buyout group of Cinven, Permira and Mid Europa Partners won a bidding contest to acquire the Polish online auction site Allegro from South African owner Naspers, in a deal which came above expectations of around $2.2bn.

CEE defence procurement still more ‘jaw-jaw’ than ‘war-war’

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 13, 2016

A combination of factors is creating the conditions for a boom in Central and Eastern European defence procurement. But as Poland’s sudden decision to scrap a $3.5bn helicopter deal shows, the region remains a tricky place to do business.

FINTECH: A Flare for making blockchain scalable

Nicholas Watson in Prague October 13, 2016

The most immediate challenge for blockchain is scaling the technology so it can handle increased transaction traffic in the years to come. Bitfury and Lightning Network have taken a big step towards this.

Poland to face new protest as it rushes to revive abortion issue

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2016

Poland’s ruling party PiS will try again to toughen restrictions on abortion, chairman Jaroslaw Kaczynski said on October 12. That sparked fresh outrage and calls for mass protests similar to those that forced PiS to back down earlier this month.

Polish deflation slows to 0.5% in September

bne IntelliNews October 11, 2016

Polish extended its slow journey towards an escape from deflation in September as the CPI limited its drop to 0.5%. The result supports the widely-held view that deflation is now genuinely weakening.

LONG READ: The difficult dialogue of civilisations

Ben Aris in Rhodes October 6, 2016

“Europe is not in crisis. It is a crisis!” thundered former Czech president Vaclav Klaus. Is Central Europe undermining EU solidarity? EU leaders, past and present, met at the Rhodes Forum 2016 to discuss the issues, but came up with few answers.

Rattled Polish government performs U-turn on abortion

bne IntelliNews October 6, 2016

Rattled by huge street protests, the Polish government rejected on October 5 a proposal to ban practically all abortions. The move suggests the ruling PiS has tried to go too fast in implementing its conservative populist agenda.

RBI and RZB boards agree merger outline for Austrian lender

bne IntelliNews October 6, 2016

RZB and RBI said in May that they were examining a merger as a way of reinforcing their capital buffers in the face of tougher regulatory requirements following the global financial crisis.

Protests against abortion ban sweep Poland

bne IntelliNews October 4, 2016

Tens of thousands took to the streets in protest against a bill proposing a near-complete ban on abortion.

Central European factories eye signs of a rebound

Tim Gosling in Prague October 3, 2016

The improvement will be welcome, especially in Poland where industrial output has proved weaker than hoped throughout most of the year. The rebound follows early signs of an uplift in the Eurozone and a turnaround in confidence in Germany.

Poland claims "success" as EU agrees to ratify Paris climate deal

bne IntelliNews October 2, 2016

Poland claimed on September 30 that it has successfully secured its interests as the EU agreed to ratify the Paris climate deal. However, Warsaw - which had threatened to block the move - was extremely vague about the concessions it has won.

Poland threatens to block EU climate change vote

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 30, 2016

Warsaw is only likely to win marginal concessions while damaging further its image in Brussels.

Hungary and Poland head in different directions in Global Competitiveness Index

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2016

Estonia and the Czech Republic top the CEE chart in the Global Competitiveness Index 2016-2017. While Hungary slumped to the bottom of the pile with the largest slide in the region, Poland surged up the table.

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