Slovakia

CEE export growth outstrips China’s

bne IntelliNews October 20, 2017

Romania was the region’s leader in export growth in the six years since the recent crisis, with annual growth averaging 9%, while numerous other CEE countries saw export growth beat China's both pre and post crisis.

Visegrad citizens believe in benefits of EU membership despite negative political rhetoric

bne IntelliNews October 19, 2017

Their leaders are among the fiercest critics of Brussels, but a new poll shows citizens of member states from CEE are more confident in the EU than their home countries.

Former Slovak ministers get lengthy sentences in corruption case

bne IntelliNews October 19, 2017

Two former construction ministers become the first top-level Slovak officials to receive prison sentences for corruption, as PM Robert Fico pledges new measures to tackle graft.

Poland rises, Croatia surprises on CEE Fast 50

By Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 17, 2017

Two thirds of the new technology companies in the Central and Eastern Europe in the latest Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Central Europe were new entrants to the list, which highlights “the speed our top-performing young companies are developing”.

Support for populist ANO dips ahead of Czech election but far right move up to 9.5%

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2017

Eurosceptic and anti-immigrant Ano still has a feasible prospect of taking power in a coalition that could even rely on support from the far right and Communists, despite recent scandals surrounding its leader Andrej Babis.

Slovakia reports wage hikes across most sectors

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2017

Falling unemployment has pushed up Slovak wages including in the flagship auto manufacturing sector, leaving the likes of Jaguar Land Rover struggling to fill vacancies.

Slovak court reopens question of whether Czech election favourite Babis was secret police informer

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2017

Just days after being hit by a subsidy fraud charge, populist politician expected to become country's next PM receives court verdict meaning he will have to re-explain his Communist-era activities.

Female employees get better training opportunities in CEE than Western Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 11, 2017

Lithuania is the only EU member state where female employees are more likely to be sent on job-related training by their employer than their male colleagues, finds a study by The Knowledge Academy.

Tesco reportedly mulls sale of CEE businesses

Levente Szilagyi in Budapest October 3, 2017

UK retail giant could put its regional subsidiaries up for sale in bulk or individually in March 2018 if unions stick with their demands for further wage hikes.

Romania registers the EU's largest VAT gap

Carmen Simion in Bucharest September 28, 2017

VAT revenues showed some signs of improvement across the EU, but the missing amounts remain "unacceptably high", the European Commission said.

BUCHAREST BLOG: Southeast Europe steps up its FDI challenge

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest September 28, 2017

Tightening labour markets are undermining the investment case for Central Europe, but its labour productivity and infrastructure still give it an advantage.

OPINION: Austrian policy towards CEE is likely to change in tone but not substance

Marcus How of ViennEast September 25, 2017

If the Freedom Party enters government after the election, convergence with populists in the Visegrad Group may increase, but the big parties will prevent any major shift.

Central and Eastern Europe lags the world in social capital

Robert Anderson in Prague September 23, 2017

The region has made little progress over the past decade in improving trust and civic engagement, says Legatum Institute.

VISEGRAD: New battlefront opens up inside Slovak coalition

Robert Anderson in Prague September 22, 2017

The quarrel over replacing the country's ageing MiGs threatens to hamper military co-operation on Nato's eastern flank.

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