Baltic States

Digital lockdown

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 8, 2020

Governments in Central and Eastern Europe are using the latest technologies to enforce lockdowns and track anyone suspected of carrying the coronavirus.

ING: How a post-Covid world could look

Carsten Brzeski and Carlo Cocuzzo of ING April 7, 2020

Low interest rates for even longer or maybe even forever, and ballooning government balance sheets will shape the post Covid-19 era. But that's not all. The health crisis may have fundamentally altered the structure of our economy.

Coronavirus infection rates reined in across much of Central and Southeast Europe

bne IntelliNews April 6, 2020

Cautious discussion of lifting restrictions in some countries as strict lockdown measures keep the number of cases in the hundreds or low thousands.

Lithuania says Belarus could become “uncontrolled coronavirus hotspot”

bne IntelliNews April 6, 2020

Top Lithuania politicians said Minsk is "mishandling" the crisis, and accused President Aleksandr Lukashenko of providing misleading data.

Central Europe’s retail boom comes crashing to an end

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 6, 2020

Years of consumption-fuelled growth have left Central European states with large retail sectors that are now facing a coronavirus-related slump. It’s set to get even worse once the initial urge to stockpile wears off.

EBRD reveals CEE/Eurasia economies’ vulnerability to external shocks amid coronavirus crisis

bne IntelIiNews April 1, 2020

Development bank looks at the resilience of states in the region to falling commodity prices, value chain disruption, declines in tourism and domestic disruption.

Coronavirus threat pushes businesses online

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 30, 2020

From enabling their employees to work from home to offering new e-commerce services, companies in Central and Southeast Europe are moving their operations online in response to the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns.

Small countries in Balkans and South Caucasus most exposed to tourism industry collapse

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2020

No one knows if there will be a summer tourism season at all in 2020, which is bad news for the countries that generate around a quarter of their GDP from the sector.

Capital Economics slashes CEE growth forecasts for 2020 to -2% y/y

bne IntelliNews March 25, 2020

Economic consultancy Capital Economics has slashed its growth forecast for the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to a 2% y/y contractions from the previous 2.3% expansion in 2020, as a result of the coronavirus.

Baltic states roll out fiscal measures to prop up coronavirus-stricken economies

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 19, 2020

The pandemic is expected to push Baltic GDP growth below zero this year, an effect of choked domestic demand and spillovers from abroad.

Coronavirus crisis to widen rich/poor gap within Central and Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 19, 2020

Convergence to be reversed as the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic is set to be deeper and longer in the CIS, Ukraine, Turkey and the Western Balkans than in the EU member states of Central and Southeast Europe.

wiiw slashes 2020 growth forecast for CESEE to just 1.1%

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 17, 2020

Vienna-based think tank expects the coronavirus pandemic to result in the worst year for the region since the global financial crisis.

Coronavirus to hit Baltic countries’ economies hard

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 11, 2020

The outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic could shave up to 1pp off economic growth in the Baltic states, according to analysis from Swedbank.