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COP28: Cities in the face of the rising tide

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 1, 2023

By 2050 an estimated 1bn people globally will be living in coastal areas, which are already threatened by rising tides.

Ukraine EU accession talks will be "difficult", European Council President Michel says

Ben Aris in Berlin November 23, 2023

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, predicts that the December summit on Ukraine's accession to the EU will be “difficult".

EBRD survey reveals surprising surge in life satisfaction in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 23, 2023

In the last seven years, Emerging Europe has grappled with pandemic, war and a cost of living crisis. So why did people get happier?

Fico's opposition to arming Ukraine is just for domestic consumption

Albin Sybera November 22, 2023

Potential deals for Smer’s business backers look likely to outweigh any concerns the incoming Slovak premier may have about stoking the war in Ukraine.

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

Kallas looks for an international way out as domestic sharks circle

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius November 16, 2023

Estonia's opposition smells blood as prime minister is battered by personal scandal and economic woes.

PPF hunts for opportunities in Balkans as it retreats west

Robert Anderson in Bucharest November 15, 2023

Czech financial group is in the process of selling or scaling down its once sizeable consumer credit operations in Russia, China and Southeast Asia.

INTERVIEW: Andrew Michta, director of the Scowcroft Strategy Initiative

Robert Anderson in Bucharest November 14, 2023

“If we find ourselves in a situation where Ukraine is cut off financially and runs out of resources, if we force Ukraine into some sort of frozen conflict or armistice, that is a victory for Putin.”

Polish hauliers' border blockade becoming a new flashpoint between Warsaw and Kyiv

bne IntelliNews November 12, 2023

Thousands of trucks are stuck at the crossing after Polish haulage workers launched protests under the banner of the "Committee for Defence of Truckers and Employers in Logistics."

Hungary ready to make concessions with EU to widen fiscal room

Tamas Csonka in Budapest November 6, 2023

Prime Minister Viktor Orban is increasingly desperate to tap EU funding to climb out of recession and help close Hungary's worrying budget deficit.

Slovaks question support for Ukraine as fatigue grows

Albin Sybera in Bratislava October 26, 2023

Robert Fico’s victorious Smer party questions aid for refugees and pledges “not a single round” of bullets for Ukraine.

Yesterday’s Belarussian heroes become today’s foes in Lithuania

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius October 13, 2023

Rightwing politicians now argue Belarussians should be treated more like Russians than Ukrainians when they come to the country.

Poland’s ruling PiS begins to falter just days before pivotal election

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw October 11, 2023

Victory of Civic Coalition leader Donald Tusk will depend on performance of smaller Left and Third Way groupings.

String of resignations forces Slovenian PM to rethink strategy

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 10, 2023

Expanded government installed to carry out reforms proves less effective in crisis mode after devastating floods strike Slovenia.

Hungary looks to partner with France’s Vinci to buy back Budapest Airport

Tamas Csonka in Budapest October 5, 2023

The French group’s involvement follows intensified cooperation between France and Hungary in the field of energy.

Poland's Law and Justice mounts vicious campaign to retain power

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw October 2, 2023

Jaroslaw Kaczynski's radical rightwing party accuses centrist opposition of treachery as it seeks an unprecedented third consecutive term.

Digital propaganda revolution dominates Slovak election campaign

Albin Sybera in Bratisava September 30, 2023

President Zuzana Caputova has been repeatedly warning that her country is in an “information storm”.

Slovak election goes right down to the wire

Albin Sybera September 29, 2023

Slovaks head to the polls on September 30 in an early election that is both vital for the country’s future and perhaps the future of Central Europe.

Slovak strongman Robert Fico follows the Orban playbook

Robert Anderson in Bratislava September 27, 2023

Opponents warn that if Fico wins this weekend's election he will follow Hungarian strongman Viktor Orban’s playbook by hollowing out the country’s democracy and cosying up to the Kremlin, making Slovakia another European renegade.

INTERVIEW: Michal Simecka, Progressive Slovakia leader

Robert Anderson in Bratislava, Albin Sybera in Bratislava September 24, 2023

Liberal leader says populist rival Robert Fico would become Hungarian strongman Viktor Orban's partner in pushing Russian interests inside the EU.