M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

Azerbaijan accused of fomenting ethnic hatred with display of dead Armenian soldiers’ helmets

bne IntelIiNews April 14, 2021

Yerevan, meanwhile, moves towards putting on trial two men from Syria it claims served as mercenaries in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict after being recruited by Turkey to fight for Baku.

Nakhchivan rail plans promise to rewire Caucasus connections

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet April 9, 2021

Iran stands to be one of the winners of the new regional transportation map.

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

Analysis: Caucasus bond review

Maximilian Hess in London for EurasiaNet March 19, 2021

Capital markets take war, the pandemic and political unrest in stride. The second in a two-part series.

Armenia’s embattled PM announces he’s agreed to June snap election

bne IntelIiNews March 19, 2021

After weeks of street protests and counter-protests, a deal is struck for an early poll.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

PM Pashinian’s bloc only political force that attracts significant support in Armenia poll

bne IntelIiNews March 17, 2021

Amid continuing calls for snap election in wake of war defeat, governing parties attract 33% backing. Second is oligarch Gagik Tsarukyan's Prosperous Armenia with 3%.

Analysis in atomic scientists’ bulletin calls on Armenia to close “dangerous” nuclear power plant

bne IntelIiNews March 8, 2021

Urges EU to step up efforts to persuade Yerevan time is up for Soviet facility located in earthquake zone.

Did sanctions evading Iran put together fake Armenian airline to buy planes?

bne IntelIiNews March 4, 2021

Islamic Republic’s Caspian Airlines purchases Boeing 737 said to have arrived in Tehran in an emergency landing. Observers smell a rat.

CAUCASUS BLOG: Armenia’s day of crisis delivers anticlimax

bne IntelIiNews February 26, 2021

Rally of PM Pashinian, who took to the streets warning a military coup was under way, fails to reach critical mass. Opposition’s rival effort, meanwhile, was a flop.

Armenian PM takes to streets claiming military coup under way

bne IntelIiNews February 25, 2021

Move comes after open letter demanding he quit was published by head of general staff of the armed forces.

Following war with Armenia, Azerbaijan gains control of lucrative gold mines

Ani Mejlumyan and Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet January 28, 2021

The losses to tax revenues will hit the de facto Nagorno-Karabakh government even harder than Yerevan.

CAUCASUS BLOG : What can Biden offer the Caucasus and Stans, all but forgotten about by Trump?

bne IntelIiNews January 19, 2021

Unlike his predecessor, the new US president will at least take an interest in issues such as Georgia's deep divisions, organised crime in the Kyrgyz government and Nagorno-Karabakh. But his in-tray is rather full with other pressing matters.

Armenia ‘to extend life of its 1970s Metsamor nuclear power plant after 2026’

bne IntelIiNews January 18, 2021

Government has reportedly also not abandoned plans to build a new plant. Facility was hit by devastating earthquake in 1988.

LONG READ: The oligarch problem

Ben Aris in Berlin January 17, 2021

Andrew Meier had a good joke about the problems post-Soviet countries face with their oligarchs: "What is to be done with those who are to blame."