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CEE Monthly Bond Wrap: Bond investors shrug off James Bond style spy scandal

Ben Aris in Moscow March 18, 2018

Russian issuers defied UK PM Theresa May’s decision to expel 23 Russian diplomats in the spy poisoning scandal, as Gazprom issued a €750mn bond, which was followed by a $3bn sovereign issue.

Macedonian government struggles to fill pensions black hole

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje March 13, 2018

Macedonia's state pension fund is in a critical financial condition after years of pension hikes and contributions cuts by the former government aimed at securing popular support.

INTERVIEW: BAT battling fake fags in Southeastern Europe

Cristian Gherasim in Bucharest February 26, 2018

Last year alone, Romanian state coffers were deprived of €640mn in taxes and excises -- money that could have gone into new schools, hospitals, and propping up Romania’s crumbling infrastructure. The culprit: the illicit tobacco trade.

Putting New World techniques into Old World wine bottles

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest February 21, 2018

Molodovan winemaker Purcari plans acquisition spree after Bucharest IPO.

INTERVIEW: Kosovo’s Thaci says nothing will undermine relations with EU, US and Nato

Andrew MacDowall in Pristina February 16, 2018

As Kosovo continues its quest for full international recognition, the president of Europe's youngest country says there is “no price” on relations with its western allies — despite a recent rift over attempts to scrap a new war crimes court.