The European Commission’s Economic Sentiment Indicators (ESI) for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) fell in May as the polycrisis hitting the world took its toll on economies across the entire region.
Security alliance’s leaders agree a big increase in troop deployments on its Eastern Flank, more help for Ukraine in its defence against Russian aggression, and a new Strategic Concept.
NGO documents allegations of racism and violent pushbacks of asylum seekers.
Moscow regards the ban on the transport of certain goods – notably steel and ferrous metal products – between parts of its territory as a violation of a 2002 agreement with the EU.
Lithuania says restrictions are due to EU sanctions and talk of blockade is 'plucked out of thin air'.
Bulgaria posted the highest level of inflation in Southeastern Europe amongst EU members after annual inflation hit 13.4% in May, as the whole world fights to avoid stagflation
Baltic branches of Nordic bank Nordea and Norway's DNB bank, as well as Luminor Bank, acted as conduits for alleged money laundering.
There is a widespread feeling of ‘business as usual’. There is very little sense of impending doom. This confidence is misplaced.
Rightwing Ismaa party signals that it willl join negotiations being led by Reform, rather than those launched by the Centre Party.
The EU’s Modernisation Fund is to provide €2.4bn raised from the proceeds of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to seven Central and East European countries to help them meet their 2030 climate and energy targets
"In a sense, we, the Western states, failed – so many heads of Western states went to Russia, yet we did not manage to avoid the war."
In contrast to previous conferences of the Bratislava-based security think-tank, there was a feeling that the West is no longer on the back foot and that now is the time to press home its advantage.
On June 3, the EU introduced its sixth package of sanctions against Belarus and Russia, which heavily increases the economic pressure on the Minsk regime.
Kallas proposes to form a new government with the Isamaa party and Social Democrats.
But close to half of Globsec Trends 2022 poll respondents in Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia do not place primary responsibility on Russia for the war in Ukraine.
Belarus drastically eases entry restrictions for foreigners in an attempt to bolster tourism revenues. Apart from more people from neighbouring countries coming to visit friends and family, the Belarus' international isolation continues to increase.
Since Estonia launched its e-residency programme at the end of 2014, it has already attracted more than 92,000 e-residents.
Prompt and decisive government intervention, financial lifelines and firms’ involvement in global value chains have helped minimise insolvencies, says EIB/EBRD report.
The accession of Finland and Sweden to Nato will transform the picture in the Baltic region but more military deployments are still needed, argue Baltic experts.
The Paldiski terminal is expected to receive LNG from a floating terminal, ending Estonia's 80% dependence on Russian gas.