Poland reportedly set to veto French power asset sales

bne IntelliNews October 26, 2016

Poland is preparing to veto deals by French utilities EDF and Engie to offload local power assets to bidders rivalling state-controlled companies. The move only threatens to deepen a rift between Warsaw and Paris.

Slovak parliament passes key anti-corruption bill

bne IntelliNews October 25, 2016

The bill will establish a registry of public sector partners that can bid for public contracts.

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.

All change at Czech/Slovak energy group EPH

Tim Gosling in Prague October 17, 2016

Patrick Tkac, one of the two main shareholders of the company, has agreed to sell up to partner Daniel Kretinsky.

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.

Erste seeks to re-establish trust through social banking

Tim Gosling in Vienna October 13, 2016

Erste plans to roll out "banking for the unbankable" across CEE, seeing its social banking drive as an investment in a future generation of successful entrepreneurs.

OBITUARY: Michal Kovac, Slovakia's first president and guardian of democracy

Robert Anderson in Prague October 6, 2016

A onetime ally of Vladimir Meciar, he became the Central European country's democratic guardian when it was in danger.

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.

Slovak retail sales rebound in August

bne IntelliNews October 5, 2016

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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