TEL AVIV BLOG: Experiences on the ground in Israel as Iran strikes

Mathew Cohen in Tel Aviv April 14, 2024

Since October 7, tension has gripped the air in Israel with a tighter grasp than I’ve ever experienced in previous conflicts.

Iran vs Israel: Who is better equipped for war?

bne IntelliNews April 13, 2024

The spark has been lit, and the drumbeats of war are sounding in the tumultuous Middle East.

How much damage can Ukraine’s drone attacks on Russian oil refineries do?

Ben Aris in Berlin April 13, 2024

Since the beginning of the year, Ukrainian drones have attacked over two dozen Russian oil refineries and several oil depots in the first sustained campaign against Russia’s oil product producing facilities.

Western intelligence: Iran is preparing to attack Israel

bne Tehran bureau April 12, 2024

The already fragile security landscape in the Middle East has been rocked by the outbreak of war between Israel and Hamas, with the spectre of an even wider regional conflict now looming.

Ukraine faces agricultural sector pressures in EU accession talks

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2024

Tariffs on Ukrainian agricultural products are a pivotal sticking point in EU accession negotiations, sparking the need for a major reform of the bloc's Common Agricultural Policy.

Saudi Arabia to scale back plans for Neom city

bnm Riyadh April 10, 2024

Saudi Arabia has allegedly revised its plans for the ambitious $500bn Neom project, a futuristic city being developed in the northwest of the country, due to concerns over financing.

Azerbaijan doubles down by expanding gas exports to Europe

Seymur Mammadov in Baku April 9, 2024

Azerbaijan is exporting more gas to Europe and Europe is keen to buy it. And as its own production of oil falls slowly it is repositioning itself as a major transit route for Kazakh oil, to allow it to reach the international markets.

Leading emerging markets move rapidly up World Bank’s PPP GDP and FDI confidence rankings

Ben Aris in Berlin April 9, 2024

The world’s leading Emerging Markets are moving rapidly up the World Bank’s latest GDP rankings in PPP (purchase power parity) terms as well as the annual foreign direct investment confidence ranking.

Slovenia parts company with CEE with criticism of Israel

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 7, 2024

Slovenia is one of a handful of European nations pushing for recognition of Palestine.

Favourite Pellegrini battles to overturn Korcok's first round lead in Slovak presidential run-off

Albin Sybera April 5, 2024

Pellegrini’s balancing act appears to be backfiring, putting off moderate voters of his centre-left Hlas party, while failing to convince third placed candidate Harabin's nationalist electorate.

How Chinese oil imports are helping to support the regimes in Moscow and Tehran

Mark Buckton April 4, 2024

A new report by the Atlantic Council has suggested that China – using a so-called dark fleet in conjunction with Russian and Iran – is effectively getting around existing sanctions on oil purchases from both countries.

Southeast Europe urgently recruiting from developing Asia ahead of summer season

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2024

One of Europe’s poorest regions is tackling labour shortages by importing workers from as far away as Bangladesh, India and Nepal.

INTERVIEW: Nobel Peace Prize nominee Olga Karatch on the squandered chance to change Belarus

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius April 1, 2024

After failing to oust Alexander Lukashenko in the 2020 presidential election, Belarus’ exiled opposition politicians are divided and increasingly unwelcome in neighbouring Lithuania.

Weak ties: Why trade between Iran and Russia is falling

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2024

In spite of repeated memoranda signed between Iran and Russia in recent years, trade had dramatically declined by the end of 2023, according to new data released by the Russian Federation.

All eyes on Imamoglu’s bid to hold Istanbul in Turkey's local elections

bne IntelliNews March 28, 2024

Though the opposition coalition has dissolved in disarray, the CHP mayor will aim to keep the anti-regime flame burning.

Chinese companies have become a locomotive for change in Central Asia, says EDB

Ben Aris in Berlin March 28, 2024

Chinese companies are actively investing in the Eurasian countries and have become a locomotive for change as the world becomes smaller. Now they are building ties with the multilateral development banks in the region.

Uzbekistan MTO: plastics in the steppe

Ben Aris in Bukhara March 27, 2024

Georgian government crackdown on 'LGBTQ+ propaganda' risks EU aspirations

Tornike Mandaria in Tbilisi March 26, 2024

Georgian Dream push for conservative votes ahead of autumn general election could endanger accession aspirations, say critics.

Uzbek oil company Saneg squeezes the last drop of oil from the tube

Ben Aris in Tashkent March 25, 2024

In 2019 the Cabinet of Ministers set up the company Saneg and transferred the ownership of 103 depleted oil fields to see if the company can squeeze a little more oil out of them, as Uzbekistan has an oil deficit and wants to reduce imports.

THE BELL: Russians have never lived as well as they do today

The Bell March 24, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin would have probably won the elections even if they had been free and fair, as Russians have never lived as well as they do today. The economy would have powered Putin to victory.