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Can Iran's Central Bank rescue the plummeting Rial?

bne correspondent in Tehran January 30, 2024

The Iranian rial has been successively recording drops since a few weeks ago, following the escalation of tensions in the region. This has raised concerns among market observers over another likely downfall in the upcoming days.

Is this the last year of Russian gas transit via Ukraine?

Newsbase January 30, 2024

Ukraine has insisted it has no intention of renewing its gas transit contract with Russia that is due to expire at the end of this year.

wiiw projects brighter 2024 for Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2024

Vienna-based think-tank expects growth to get back on track this year, but warns of risks from a Trump victory in the US and escalation of fighting in Ukraine or Gaza.

China shaping Central Asia into auto export hub

Eurasianet January 30, 2024

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hopes that a new BYD plant in his country will before long be able to produce 300,000 cars per year.

US recommends Ukraine switches to more defensive strategy

Ben Aris in Berlin January 28, 2024

Following the failure of Ukraine’s counteroffensive last summer, the Biden administration has abandoned hope of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) retaking any territory in 2024.

Russia’s oil industry is threatened by Ukrainian drones, Western sanctions

Ben Aris in Berlin January 28, 2024

Russian oil refineries are not normally newsmakers, but they have found themselves on the front page recently as Ukraine’s new long-range drones have brought some of Russia’s oil infrastructure within striking distance.

OUTLOOK 2024 Central Europe

Robert Anderson in Prague January 25, 2024

2023 was a good year for centrist parties in elections in Central Europe and the Baltic states, particularly given the dire economic environment and worrying geopolitical picture.

OUTLOOK 2024 Uzbekistan

bne IntelliNews January 25, 2024

Uzbekistan, under President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's leadership since 2016, has undergone a notable transformation. Once a pariah, the country has opened up to the rest of the world and he has begun the work of regional integration.

OUTLOOK 2024 Iran

bne IntelliNews January 25, 2024

Iran's economy is expected to grow by 3.5% in 2024, according to the IMF. This growth will be driven by a rebound in oil production and exports, as well as increased government spending.

OUTLOOK 2024 Caucasus

Robert Anderson in Prague January 24, 2024

2023 was the year that Azerbaijan finally took over Nagorno-Karabakh, its dream since the collapse of the Soviet Union three decades ago.

OUTLOOK 2024 Poland

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 24, 2024

Poland is in for a year even more tumultuous than 2023, as the new government headed by Donald Tusk will attempt a number of ambitious reforms, some of which at least will be torpedoed by President Andrzej Duda.

Rightward shift expected across EU in May European Parliament elections

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2024

ECFR report indicates strong performance for anti-European populist movements across much of the EU, including Visegrad Four states.

OUTLOOK 2024 Small Stans

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2024

A third year beckons in which, with Russia distracted by its war in Ukraine, the other major powers will compete to build up influence and economic opportunities in Central Asia.

OUTLOOK 2024 Kazakhstan

bne IntelliNews January 24, 2024

Kazakhstan managed to stabilise its economy coming out of the COVID-19 crisis, but then faced a whirlwind of economic consequences stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Many of those consequences have turned out positive, however.

Azerbaijan's oil is in decline, but gas is growing

Seymur Mammadov in Baku January 24, 2024

Azerbaijan has established itself as one of the key players in the European energy sector, particularly in the context of oil and gas production and export.

Taliban's assault on women's rights is blocking Afghanistan’s economic recovery

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

UN agencies believe restoring women’s rights would help the economy to recover from its slump, but the Taliban continues to deepen its repression of the female population.

OUTLOOK 2024 Russia

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

Russia’s economy defied all expectations in 2023 by not only not collapsing but by being the fastest growing country in Europe by the end of 2023.

Europe’s most coal-dependent country Kosovo turns to renewables

Clare Nuttall in Pristina January 23, 2024

Two highly polluting coal power stations supply almost all of Kosovo's electricity, but with a government push for renewables and new private sector investments this is starting to change.

OUTLOOK 2024 SE Europe

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2024

Following a challenging 2023 marked by energy and inflation crises triggered by the conflict in Ukraine, the economies across Southeast Europe are poised for a modest rebound in 2024.

Azerbaijan's revolutionary ASAN public services

Seymur Mammadov in Baku January 22, 2024

In 2012, Azerbaijan completely overhauled its public services and revolutionised its delivery with the founding of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations which has been a big success.

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