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Erste Group revises upwards CEE region’s 2021 growth outlook

bne IntelliNews August 2, 2021

CEE lender cites region’s outstanding resilience during the pandemic and the expected positive impact from the EU’s recovery fund.

North Macedonia’s fugitive ex-PM Gruevski now flogging tableware and cleaning products in Hungary

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 28, 2021

Hungarian media reveal Gruevski set up his company in a Budapest suburb after fleeing North Macedonia to avoid serving a prison sentence.

Thousands protest over spyware scandal as Hungary's Fidesz boycotts national security committee

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

Viktor Orban's government has refused to deny accusations that it used Israeli spyware to watch journalists and political opponents.

Indignation against anti-LGBT propaganda draws record crowd at Budapest Pride

bne IntelliNews July 26, 2021

March draws 30,000 in protest against Fidesz's new law banning the depiction of homosexuality in schools.

Hungarian PM announces referendum on anti-LGBT law

bne IntelliNews July 22, 2021

Referendum widely seen as diversion from Pegasus wiretapping scandal and the suspension of recovery fund money from Brussels.

Brussels approves Czech national recovery plan but warns about Babis' conflict of interest

bne IntelliNews July 20, 2021

€8bn in EU grants could be held up because of dispute over Prime Minister Andrej Babis' continuing control of his Agrofert holding.

Hungarian government caught off guard by spying revelations

bne IntelliNews July 20, 2021

Ruling party to boycott parliamentary committee meeting on its alleged use of Israeli software to spy on journalists and opposition politicians.

Hungarian government accused of using Israeli software to spy on investigative journalists

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2021

At least 10 Hungarian lawyers, one opposition politician and five journalists' phone numbers are on the leaked list of potential targets.

CEE dealmaking back at pre-COVID levels in H1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2021

The first half was particularly strong in the mid-market and smaller-ticket segment.

Poland digs its heels ever deeper in the row over judiciary

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 15, 2021

Poland’s government-controlled Constitutional Tribunal ruled on July 14 that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has no authority over domestic regulations concerning the judiciary.

Hungary under 'concerted attack' over LGBTQ legislation at European Parliament

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

EC President Ursula Von der Leyen demands that Hungary amend its paedophilia law or it will face legal action.

Slovak court says referendum on snap election would be unconstitutional

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

Opposition parties that initiated the petition attack the verdict as well as the president's decision to refer the case to the Constitutional Court.

FSUOGM: Gazprom sends record volumes to Europe

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Russia’s Gazprom exported record volumes of gas to Europe during the first half of the year, despite recent claims in the press that the company has been withholding supply to jack up prices.

Reporters Without Borders adds Viktor Orban to its list of enemies of press freedom

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Hungarian premier becomes first EU premier on the list, which includes Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lukashenko and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Donald Tusk announces return to Polish politics

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 5, 2021

Tusk’s return is seen as a glimmer of hope for Poland’s biggest opposition party, Civic Platform, just over two years before the next general election.

Radical rightwing parties sign eurosceptic declaration

bne IntelliNews July 5, 2021

The declaration marks another building block in the attempt to create a strong radical rightwing grouping in the European Parliament.

Poland kicks off COVID-19 vaccination lottery

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 2, 2021

Prizes of up to PLN1mn are designed to boost vaccination numbers, which are still at only 35% of the population.

Dutch PM tells Orban he is free to leave EU as pressure grows over Hungary’s anti-LGBT law

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2021

EU set to launch yet another infringement action against Hungary, as 17 EU leaders sign letter pledging to 'continue fighting against discrimination of the LGBTI community'.

EU threatens legal steps against Hungary's anti-LGBT regulation

bne IntelliNews June 24, 2021

Thirteen EU states have condemned Hungary’s law in a joint statement, saying the anti-LGBT clauses of the bill violate the right to free expression.

Czech central bank raises key rate by 25bps to 0.5%

bne IntelliNews June 23, 2021

Global inflationary pressures together with the fast recovery in the region from the pandemic are sparking fears that this could set off an inflationary spiral.