COMMENT: Southeast Europe the growth star in CEE banking, but the profit pool is elsewhere

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna July 16, 2019

The core message for bankers and investors active in the CEE region should be: close to old records, potential for more but watch out for late cycle phenomena.

Rainbow flag flies over CEE, but attitudes to LGBT vary vastly

Ben Aris in Berlin July 4, 2019

North Macedonia held its first ever gay pride march on June 29 with up to 1,000 people attending the event. There were pride marches in nearly all the CEE countries but the experience in each country is vastly different.

Belarus decision on Eurobond placement in 2020 depends on Russian loans

bne IntelliNews July 3, 2019

Belarus may avoid placing a Eurobond in 2020 if Russia releases an inter-governmental loan of $630mn that has been snarled up in politics, the Belarusian Finance Minister Maxim Yermolovich said on July 2.

Belarus reports 1% y/y GDP growth in January-May

bne IntelliNews June 24, 2019

The Belarusian economy grew by 1% year-on-year in January-May following a 1.4% y/y growth in January-April, according to national statistics agency Belstat.

Belarus' deadline to join Clearstream missed as agreement delayed

Ben Aris in London June 18, 2019

Minsk hopes to open the local market to foreign investors but there have been problems linking Belarus' depository system to the international system, Finance Minister Maksim Yermolovich tells bne IntelliNews.