Small countries in Balkans and South Caucasus most exposed to tourism industry collapse

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2020

No one knows if there will be a summer tourism season at all in 2020, which is bad news for the countries that generate around a quarter of their GDP from the sector.

CEE/CIS populations believe in gender equality in education but not in business or politics

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2020

More than 100 years since International Women’s Day was declared a national holiday in post-revolutionary Russia, a new survey from the UNDP reveals gender bias is still widespread across the region.

Coronavirus fear spreads across Iran, Iraq, Armenia and Azerbaijan after Qom deaths

bne IntellIiNews February 20, 2020

Iranian officials worry turnout will be decimated at parliamentary polls. Reports of sick German man taken off Tehran metro. Iraq Airways scraps flights to and from Islamic Republic.

HSBC 'considering Turkey, Armenia exits'

bne IntelliNews January 29, 2020

Sources quoted as saying bank has concerns about Turkey’s volatile currency and economic outlook. Market already braced for Unicredit to depart Istanbul.

Violent death in Armenia of ex-security service chief “throws back into public view wide fissures, deep animosities” in country’s politics

bne IntelliNews January 29, 2020

Former government officials struggle to reinvent themselves in the post-revolution country and find themselves under pressure by investigators. In another incident, a former police commander last September apparently killed himself.