Southeast Europe / Opinion

LONG READ: Turkish economy reaches uncharted territory on cusp of election week

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 24, 2019

The lira is once more losing its feet and Turkey’s stocks and bonds have another bloody nose. The latest Erdogan-Trump beef was the trigger, but eurobond markets had started to tire of Turkish debt and locals show no confidence in their currency.

COMMENT: Turkey’s unemployment near 10-year high

ING Chief Economist Turkey March 20, 2019

The unemployment rate in Turkey rose in December to the highest level seen since September 2009, as job creation lost momentum amid a deeper rebalancing in the economy

COLCHIS: Brexit’s Risks and Opportunities for the Eastern Partnership

Alexander Nice of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network March 13, 2019

Barring any last-minute drama, the United Kingdom will cease to be a member of the European Union on March 29, 2019. Brexit will cause problems for the Eastern Partnership programme, but it will also open a new door as "European" changes its meaning

Romania: Two 100s and still counting

Alexandru M. Tanase in London February 25, 2019

Romanians celebrated the 100th anniversary of modern Romania on December 1, 2018. The same month, Romania reached a foreign debt of almost €100bn. The two 100s could not be more different in their emotional and economic connotations.

Moldovan election pits Moscow’s man against top local oligarch

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 23, 2019

The pro-EU opposition alliance is performing well in the polls, but controversial changes to the electoral rules skew the system in favour of those who already hold power.