US pledges up to €1bn for EU's eastern Three Seas region

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius October 21, 2020

Pledge made at virtual summit as Washington seeks to counter Chinese influence in Central and Southeast Europe.

Hungarian foreign minister strikes back at Joe Biden with Ukraine graft allegations

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest October 19, 2020

Hungary’s right-wing government — which has openly endorsed Donald Trump in the US presidential race — was angered by the Democratic nominee’s rule of law criticisms and comparison of Hungary and Poland to Belarus.

CEE-4 growth pulls ahead of the rest of Europe

bne IntelliNews October 10, 2020

After two and half decades as members of the EU, the leading four Central European countries of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Romania are pulling ahead of their peers, but remain vulnerable thanks to their reliance on the automotive sector.

Viktor Orban floats idea of bilateral agreements if rule of law conditionality blocks approval of €750bn recovery fund

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest October 2, 2020

Prime Minister Viktor Orban hinted that Hungary may block approval of the EU's pandemic recovery fund if payouts are linked to rule of law issues.

Holding company of Hungary’s top oligarch cruises through crisis with hefty profits as state contracts surge

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest October 1, 2020

The lockdown hit the hotel branch of Hungary’s second richest man Lorinc Meszaros' flagship holding company Opus Global, but state contracts in construction more than compensated for the decline.

CEE second wave threatens to stifle recovery warn Fitch Solutions analysts

bne IntelliNews October 1, 2020

CEE economies have weathered the crisis better than their western peers, but a second wave threatens to stifle demand and add to political volatility.

The EU summit puts its credibility on the line

Ben Aris in Berlin October 1, 2020

The EU’s credibility was on the line as delegates met on October 1 in Brussels for a two-day summit to discuss a slew of headaches plaguing the Union.

BRICKS & MORTAR: The office isn’t dead but it is evolving

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow September 29, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has had a seismic effect on the real estate sector, and the office segment is no exception.

Viktor Orban opens new front with Brussels calling for resignation of EC Vice-President Vera Jourova

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest September 29, 2020

Latest scuffle between Hungary and the EU comes as the European Commission prepares to publish its first report assessing the state of democracy and the rule of law in member states.

Balkan route nations least tolerant of migration

bne IntelliNews September 24, 2020

Acceptance of migrants has declined globally, and the nations of the Western Balkans that bore the brunt of the 2015-2016 migration crisis are now the least tolerant in the world, a new Gallup poll shows.