We are in the epicentre of the information war, says Jourova

Robert Anderson in Prague June 19, 2024

The European Commission is investigating whether “new risks”, notably the use of artificial intelligence and cyberattacks, influenced this month’s European Parliament elections

Forget oil, forget gas. Kyrgyzstan has plans to power Central Asia with water

Ben Aris in Vienna June 16, 2024

Upstream nation sets out to become a regional energy hub based on hydro. The battle to find billions in funding has begun.

Kyrgyzstan sets itself a herculean hydro task in massive energy reform

Ben Aris in Vienna June 15, 2024

At special forum in Vienna, ministers present financial institutions with ambitious projects that could power growth across Central Asia.

Far-right gains in Europe pose challenge for EU enlargement

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 14, 2024

Analysts warn growing influence of far-right and Eurosceptic parties at EU and national level could complicate efforts to integrate new member states.

Women steering Ukraine’s businesses through war and hardship

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 13, 2024

Furniture company Tivoli managed to double its exports since the Russian invasion thanks to the tireless efforts of commercial director Julia Lisovska and her colleagues.

West weighs sanctions against Georgian government as Russia hovers

bne IntelliNews June 11, 2024

The US has already started to impose sanctions over the "Foreign Agents Law" and EU measures are expected to be announced later this month.

PODCAST: Emerging Global with Bruce Pannier on Turkmenistan's troubles

Daniel Rad in Dublin June 11, 2024

A country with the fourth largest gas reserves in the world is struggling to sell its natural bounty. Daniel Rad interviewed regional expert Bruce Pannier on its plight.

Ukraine looks to Europe to increase power imports this winter

bne IntelliNews June 11, 2024

Russia has taken out 35 GW of Ukraine’s electricity generation capability since the beginning of the war, decreasing generation from 55 GW to 20 GW. Already Ukrenergo has introduced rolling blackouts in a dozen regions.

Tusk's triumph in EU election unbalances Polish coalition

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw June 10, 2024

KO’s coalition partners will view the results with concern, as Tusk’s power relative to them has now grown substantially.

Russia's economy is booming

Ben Aris in Berlin June 10, 2024

Russia’s economy is booming. In the first quarter, Russian GDP grew by 5.4%, higher than in the fourth quarter of last year, albeit boosted by an extra day in February. The economy is on course to expand by over 3% this year or more.

The Western public want the war in Ukraine to end, but downplay Russia's role in the WWII victory, polls find

bne IntelliNews June 9, 2024

A new survey by the Institute for Global Affairs, part of the American political risk consultancy Eurasia Group, found the overwhelming majority of Western public opinion is in favour of ending the war in Ukraine through negotiations.

Russia and Iran face long waits for McDonald's due to international disputes

bne Tehran bureau June 7, 2024

In today's globalised food industry, the golden arches of McDonald's have become as recognisable as the stars and stripes of the American flag.

Magyar turns Hungary's EP election into challenge against Orban's authoritarian rule

Tamas Csonka in Budapest June 7, 2024

Magyar’s explosion onto the stagnant Hungarian political scene could force Orban to change his political tactics.

Bilateral disputes loom large over EU accession process

bne IntelliNews June 7, 2024

Member states using their veto power to demand concessions from candidate countries is a problem the EU has to tackle.

More instability set to follow Bulgaria’s sixth general election since 2021

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 6, 2024

Another failure to get a regular government will delay Bulgaria's entry to the eurozone and the lifting of land borders in the Schengen area.

Gazprom’s business will take at least a decade to recover from the impact of the Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews June 6, 2024

The business of Russian gas giant Gazprom will take at least a decade to recover losses incurred from Moscow's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, according to a report commissioned by the company released on June 5.

The Caspian Sea to shrink by a third due to global warming

Seymur Mammadov in Baku June 5, 2024

The Aral Sea has gone. The Caspian Sea may be next. Global warming will see its level fall by up to 18 metres and reduce its surface area by a third thanks to global warming.

LONG READ: Russia’s despair index result is the best ever, while Ukraine’s crashes

Ben Aris in Berlin June 3, 2024

The despair index adds unemployment, inflation and poverty to compare what life is like in the bottom third of emerging societies. Currently Russia is enjoying one of its lowest levels of despair, whereas Ukraine is suffering one of its worst.

CEE's authoritarian nationalists seek to 'occupy' Brussels

Robert Anderson in Prague June 3, 2024

Populist parties could come first in 11 of the 27 member states in the European Parliament elections, six of which are in Central and Eastern Europe.

Freedom Holding Corporate’s Timur Turlov: I’ve put all my money into the business

bne IntelliNews June 3, 2024

In his interview with “Exclusive” on YouTube this April, Timur Turlov, the founder of Freedom Holding Corp., shared his views on entrepreneurship and revealed why his company is so successful.