World Bank says Emerging Europe needs tougher targets to reach net zero by 2060

Aidą Kadyrzhanova in Prague February 22, 2024

New World Bank report charts path to net zero energy in Emerging Europe and Central Asia, but says current ambitions are too modest.

Russia, Belarus to coordinate website censorship

bne IntelliNews February 7, 2024

Russia and Belarus are collaborating to establish a unified database of "extremists," according to the Belarusian ambassador in Moscow BelTA reported on February 6.

CENUSA: EU faces consequences of geopolitical crises as Eastern Europe enters complex political-electoral phase

Denis Cenusa in Giessen January 30, 2024

Eurosceptics' ability to exploit protests will test the EU's potential to influence its Eastern Neighbourhood. At the same time, electoral cycles in Eastern Europe favour the consolidation and perpetuation of autocracies.

Will support for Ukraine go the way of Belarus?

Ben Aris in Berlin January 6, 2024

Last week was the 77th birthday of Belarus’ most famous babushka, Nina Baginskaya. Baginskaya was an icon during the mass protests of 2020. But Belarus' cause has since been overshadowed by Ukraine's war. Will Ukraine now suffer the same fate?

Lukashenko grants ex-presidents immunity with a change to the constitution

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2024

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has signed off on changes to the law on the Belarusian presidency that grant him immunity from prosecution should he ever leave office and implements stricter eligibility criteria for presidential candidates.

Lukashenko throws kids party, including for abducted Ukrainian children

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2024

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko organised a New Year’s Eve party for kids, including children abducted by Russia from Ukraine, sparking international condemnation, Kyiv Independent reported on January 4.

Belarus’ Russian-built nuclear power plant leak in February 2022 reported

bne IntelliNews January 1, 2024

Leaked documents seen by Bloomberg suggest that there was an incident at Belarus’ Russian-built Ostrovets (aka Astravets in Lithuanian) nuclear power plant in February 2022

EBRD shareholders back €4bn increase in bank’s paid-in capital for third time ever

Ben Aris in Berlin December 19, 2023

The governors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development have approved a resolution to increase the bank’s paid-in capital by €4bn, raising its capital base to €34bn – the third increase in the bank's history.

MACRO-ADVISORY: Most useful Eurasia region books published in 2023

Ben Aris in Berlin Ben Aris in Berlin December 18, 2023

Throughout each year, Macro-Advisory tracks and records all books published which are relevant for investors and business managers/planners covering the broad Eurasia region and lists the best ones.

CEE Banking Sector Report: A record year that is unlikely to be sustained

Gunter Deuber, Ruslan Gadeev of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna December 15, 2023

The aggregated return on equity across all markets this year may surpass the 20% level, a ratio last seen in 2005 or 2006.

COP28: All the climate crisis warning lights flashing red – in charts and maps

Ben Aris in Berlin November 29, 2023

The great and good have assembled in UAE’s capital of Dubai for the COP28 conference to hash out a plan to avert the looming environmental disaster, but its probably too late.