Southeast Europe / Opinion

COMMENT: The state is back in the banking business in Central and Eastern Europe

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna December 10, 2018

For a few years now, foreign banks have been constantly losing market share in many of the larger Central-, Southeastern and Eastern European markets, but there is a shift in the game as state banks are proudly increasing their share in many markets

CONFERENCE CALL: Romania’s missed opportunities

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest November 24, 2018

Can Romania claw back the ground lost from its unspent EU infrastructure funds and neglected health and education sectors?

COMMENT: Western sanctions against Russia: decision year in 2019 or 2029?

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna November 15, 2018

Ever since sanctions were imposed on Russia following its annexation of the Crimea in 2014 there has been constant speculation on when the US and EU sanctions will be lifted again. It could happen in 2019, but if not then it will take a decade

COMMENT: Can Europe’s fastest-shrinking country turn itself around?

Nicholas Kaufmann in Brussels October 31, 2018

A little over a decade ago, Bulgaria joined the European Union with hopes of a brighter future, but the reality has been very different.

CONFERENCE CALL: Romania to take over EU Council presidency at a critical moment

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 19, 2018

Romania will preside over the EU Council as the bloc prepares for Brexit — arguably its biggest ever challenge — but political infighting in Bucharest and clashes with Brussels over judicial reform raise the question: is Romania up to the job?