Czech Republic

Central European economies bounce back from the pandemic

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2021

Poland, Hungary and Slovakia have already surpassed their end 2019 GDP levels.

Czech president blasts Nato as government comes under fire over evacuations from Afghanistan

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2021

Milos Zeman calls on the country to focus on national defence rather than "wasting money" on the military alliance.

Czech July inflation at its highest level since mid-2020

bne IntelliNews August 12, 2021

Czech consumer prices increased by 3.4% year-on-year in July, the highest figure since July last year, driven by higher prices in transport (by 18.5%) up by 0.6 percentage points (pp) month-on-month.

US NortonLifeLock to buy Czech anti-virus company Avast in $8bn deal

bne IntelliNews August 11, 2021

Deal to create global cybersecurity giant listed on Nasdaq.

Czech industrial input continues to increase in June

bne IntelliNews August 10, 2021

Czech industrial production increased by 11.4% year-on-year and by 1% month-on-month in June, according to the latest data from August 6 released by the Czech Statistics Office. The value of news orders went up annually by 22.8%.

Czech central bank hikes interest rates again

bne IntelliNews August 5, 2021

The CNB increased its two-week repo rate by 25 basis points to 0.75%, underpinned by a new macroeconomic forecast.

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.

Czech industry ministry signs memorandum to back country's first EV battery plant

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2021

€2bn battery factory to be built by state-owned utility CEZ with Germany's VW or South Korea's LG.

bneGREEN: EU takes carbon pricing initiative with CBAM

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2021

The EU on 14 July unveiled the details of its proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, which aims to protect EU CO2 emitters from carbon leakage by making exporters to the EU market pay for the CO2 they produce.

bneGREEN: Global investors turn to green energy and away from fossil fuels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 21, 2021

The world’s largest global debt and equity investors are continuing to invest in renewable energy despite the pandemic, driven by the wealth of investment opportunities, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said.

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.

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.

bneGREEN: EU carbon pricing set for radical reforms

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

The European Commission is to publish legislation on July 14 that will detail the EU’s plans, dubbed “Fit for 55,” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 as part of wider reforms to European energy and climate laws.

bneGREEN: CEE surfs the green bond wave

Robert Anderson, and bne IntelliNews reporters July 9, 2021

Issuance has been impressive but in some countries green bonds are still to get off the ground, while in others there is a shortage of high-yield, local currency or 'dark green' issues.

wiiw raises its GDP forecast for 20 out of 23 countries in CEE

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies has raised its GDP growth forecasts for 20 out of 23 countries in Central and Eastern Europe as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic starts to recede.

bneGREEN: What is green?

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Defining green energy and indeed green investments is not an exact science, Determining just how green each of the various energy sources are gets complicated once you start digging into the details.

CONFERENCE CALL: Economists warn over inflation and rising debt

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 1, 2021

As the world starts to emerge from the Coronacrisis, economists on an EBRD panel warned over rising inflation, debt and the uneven recovery from the crisis, with emerging markets and developing economies lagging behind their richer peers.

Czech Republic posts best manufacturing PMI improvement ever

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

The Czech Republic Manufacturing PMI index soared in June to 62.7 in June. However, problems in supply chains could take the edge off growth.

CEE regional sentiment up again in June but analysts warn of price pressures

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Capital Economics analysts point to evidence of growing price pressures in eastern EU members.

bneGREEN: Hydro’s elderly turbines need fresh investment to contribute to net zero

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 30, 2021

Hydro needs new investment to replace elderly infrastructure and accelerate the road to net zero, the IEA says.

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