OUTLOOK 2021 Moldova

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2021

After two years of increased political and economic instability, Moldova has the chance to return to the reform path.

OUTLOOK 2021 Romania

bne IntelliNews January 18, 2021

Romania needs credible, farsighted and agile governance to address urgent vulnerabilities and capture the opportunities created by the European Union’s reconstruction plans.

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."

OUTLOOK 2021 Armenia

bne IntelIiNews January 16, 2021

Small nation enters new year battered and bruised by the pandemic and defeat in the autumn war with Azerbaijan. A modest economic rebound is within reach should the peace hold.

One of Russia’s biggest wood product companies, Segezha could be Sistema’s next IPO

Ben Aris in Berlin January 15, 2021

Segezha is Russia's biggest pulp and paper company. Owned by multi-industry conglomerate Sistema, the company could be the next up in the groups string of IPOs

COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2021

2020 was a bad year for human rights around the world, but the US’ upcoming Biden presidency is an opportunity for change, says Human Rights Watch.

Central Asia vaccination plans underwhelm, but governments look unruffled

Eurasianet January 15, 2021

Uzbekistan, Tajikistan are taking triumphalist stances on coronavirus.

OUTLOOK 2021 Lithuania

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2021

Lithuania's economic contraction in 2020 was among the smallest in Europe, but its recovery will be slower than in the other Baltic states in 2021.

OUTLOOK 2021 Serbia

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2021

Serbia weathered the coronacrisis better than the rest of the Southeast Europe region, and no major political surprises are expected in the inter-election year of 2021.

OUTLOOK 2021 Georgia

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 13, 2021

Ivanishvili says he’s quit politics, Saakashvili has suffered a failed comeback, might new faces prove dominant on a political scene riven by the opposition’s boycott of parliament? The tourism-hooked economy remains destabilised by the pandemic.

OUTLOOK 2021 North Macedonia

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2021

A very challenging year lies ahead of North Macedonia following the Bulgarian veto on the launch of the country’s EU accession talks.

OUTLOOK 2021 Slovakia

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2021

Igor Matovic's government faces a backlash over its handling over the pandemic as opposition parties try to force early elections.

OUTLOOK 2021 Czechia

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2021

Support for Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s ANO party has slipped and the opposition is uniting ahead of what looks to be close elections in October.

OUTLOOK 2021 Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2021

Emomali Rahmon has ‘won’ yet another term. What else hasn’t changed? Central Asia’s poorest nation is still pouring money into building the giant Rogun dam. Energy export is one way to ease fiscal woes. But a latest worry is failing rains.

Handfuls of protesters fight on amid Kazakh parliamentary poll that’s little more than a ritual confirming regime’s power

Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty January 11, 2021

No surprise as ruling party Nur Otan wins landslide. All parties on ballot paper were pro-government. Despite the modest resistance, security forces take no chances.

OUTLOOK 2020 Bulgaria

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2021

Political turmoil to continue as Bulgaria prepares to hold general election in March amid economic contraction and deep distrust of political institutions.

Modern-day “Robin Hood” inspires Georgians drowning in debt

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet January 9, 2021

The country has one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in Europe, a situation exacerbated by the pandemic.

OUTLOOK 2021 Turkmenistan

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2021

Ordinary people in the country are said to have fallen into a state of Dickensian misery but the president can still find the wherewithal for a giant golden statue of a dog. Plans for equitable economic development are going nowhere fast.

OUTLOOK 2021 Montenegro

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2021

Bold new political experiment adds uncertainty as Montenegro struggles to use its limited resources to overcome recession and restore growth.

OUTLOOK 2021 Estonia

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2021

Estonia’s vibrant tech sector helped it weather the pandemic, and activity has already picked up in manufacturing and in ICT services, while entertainment and tourism remain in the doldrums.