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Armenians remain optimistic about the future and pleased with their government, poll shows

Ben Aris in Berlin July 10, 2019

Results of a poll by the International Republican Institute indicate a strong popular mandate for the new government to press on with reforms.

Ukraine’s balance of payments to support the hryvnia, despite growing trade deficit

bne IntelliNews July 9, 2019

A positive balance of payments will support the value of Ukraine’s currency, the hryvnia, largely thanks to $5bn worth of remittances sent home by Ukrainians working abroad, despite the swelling trade deficit.

Russian companies scramble to improve their ESG scores or face losing investors

Ben Aris in Berlin July 9, 2019

"Environmental, social and governance" performance is becoming a hot topic amongst leading Russian companies and a way to reduce their "Russia risk" discount.

Central, Eastern and Southeast European sovereigns to return to debt markets on large scale in 2020, Raiffeisen says

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 9, 2019

Governments of Central and Southeast Europe have already secured most of the funding they need for this year, but with more obligations maturing in 2020 they are expected to return to the markets on a large scale next year

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.

TANAP pipeline comes online, a major piece in Europe’s energy puzzle

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 3, 2019

Completion of the TANAP pipeline brings completion of the Southern Gas Corridor that will diversify Europe’s gas supplies away from Russia closer to reality — at a time when Russia is building its own new pipeline infrastructure.

Erdogan’s police use rubber bullets against Istanbul Pride attempt as usual

Akin Nazli in Belgrade July 2, 2019

Turkish LGBT activist defied a ban on the Istanbul Pride march but riot police fired rubber bullets and teargas at the crowd in an attempt to break up the gathering.

Ukraine’s banks continue to make progress and profits, but slowly

Ben Aris in Berlin June 30, 2019

In May Ukraine's banking sector’s profit was up again to a cumulative $876mn over the first five months of this year. The sector continues to recover, but slowly.

Ukraine's trade regime remains unbalanced, but other income covers the shortfall

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2019

Poland overtook Russia to become Ukraine’s biggest trade partner in May and maintained its lead in April. Ukraine continues to run a sizable trade deficit but thanks to $10bn of remittances a year it has a current account surplus.

Russia Towers 10 years in business, getting ready for 5G

bne IntelliNews June 28, 2019

5G is coming to Russia soon and it will transform the telecoms business, says Russia Towers that has been working on the market for a decade building the infrastructure the mobile phone business runs on

Russia’s Ministry of Finance places a record number of OFZ bonds in 2Q19

Ben Aris in Berlin June 27, 2019

Russia’s Ministry of Finance has placed a record number of ruble-denominated OFZ treasury bills in the second quarter of this year and is ahead of its borrowing target for the whole year.

Russia's dividend season open and investors prepared for record payouts

Ben Aris in Berlin June 19, 2019

The percentage of profits that companies are sharing with their shareholders is at an all time high both in terms of the dividend yield and the amount of cash they are handing over.

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.

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