INTERVIEW: “The weekend’s protests were the Russian peoples’, not the opposition’s” – Maxim Reznik
Western Balkans citizens legally resident in EU equal to 14% of region’s population
International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has stripped Belarus of the right to hold the World Championship this year
Alexei Navalny arrested on arrival as he returns home
Russia's NorNickel adopts blockchain for supply chain management
Russia goes ahead with eSIM technology
Russia's retailer X5 Group posts 13% sales growth in 4Q20
National Bank of Ukraine retains a key policy rate at 6%, the outlook of the CPI deteriorates
Western Balkans and Ukraine urged to scrutinise coal subsidies
Oligarchs trying to derail Ukraine’s privatisation programme, warns the head of Ukraine’s State Property Fund
VISEGRAD BLOG: Central Europe's populists need a new strategy for Biden
LONG READ: The oligarch problem
OUTLOOK 2021 Lithuania
EBRD says loan to Estonia’s controversial Porto Franco project was never disbursed
Czech MPs pass protectionist food law in violation of EU rules
M&A in Central and Eastern Europe fell 16% in value in 2020, says CMS report
Hungarian vehicle makers hit by supply chain shortage
COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020
Polish industrial production continues boom in December
OUTLOOK 2021 Poland
OUTLOOK 2021 Slovakia
BRICKS & MORTAR: Rosier future beckons for CEE retailers after year of change and disruption
FDI inflows to CEE down 58% in 1H20 but rebound expected
BALKAN BLOG: Superstition and resentment surround vaccination plans
Albania needs reforms for e-commerce to thrive, says World Bank
BALKAN BLOG: US approach to switch from quick-fix dealmaking to experience and cooperation
Bosnia's exports in 2020 amounted to BAM10.5bn, trade deficit to BAM6.3bn
Retailers and restaurant owners threaten protests in Bulgaria if reopening is delayed
Bulgaria's Biodit first company to IPO on new BEAM market
Bulgaria’s government considers gradual easing of COVID-related restrictions
Spring lockdown caused spike in online transactions in Croatia
ING: Growth in the Balkans: from zero to hero again?
Labour demand down 28% y/y in Croatia in 2020
Kosovo’s biggest opposition party risks being unable to run in general election
OUTLOOK 2021 Moldova
Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits
World Bank revises projection for Moldova’s 2020 GDP decline to 7.2%
North Macedonia plans to cut personal income tax in IT sector to zero in 2023
Romania government to pursue “ambitious” timetable for justice reforms
Private finance mobilised by development banks up 9% to $175bn in 2019
OUTLOOK 2021 Romania
Slovenia’s economic sentiment indicator up 2.2 pp m/m in January
OUTLOOK 2021 Slovenia
Slovenia’s opposition files no-confidence motion against Jansa cabinet
Slovenia’s government to release funds to news agency STA after EU pressure
D’S Damat franchise deals ‘show Turkey’s hard-pressed mall operators becoming their own tenants’
Turkey’s benchmark rate held as concerns over faltering recovery come to fore
Turkish lira breaches HSBC’s stop-loss, Turkey ETF signalling outflows
CAUCASUS BLOG : What can Biden offer the Caucasus and Stans, all but forgotten about by Trump?
Armenia ‘to extend life of its 1970s Metsamor nuclear power plant after 2026’
OUTLOOK 2021 Armenia
COMMENT: Record high debt levels will slow post-coronavirus recovery, threaten some countries' financial stability, says IIF
OUTLOOK 2021 Georgia
Iran’s President Khamenei menaces private citizen Trump
Iran’s technology minister indicted for failing to properly implement internet censorship
No US move to rejoin Iran nuclear deal imminent, say Biden national security nominees
TEHRAN BLOG: Will Biden bet on a quick return to the Iran nuclear deal?
Central Asia vaccination plans underwhelm, but governments look unruffled
Fears of authoritarianism as Kyrgyz populist wins landslide and backing for ‘Khanstitution’
OUTLOOK 2021 Mongolia
Mongolia's PM quits amid protests over treatment of mother with coronavirus and newborn baby
Mongolia's winter dzud set to be one of most extreme on record says Red Cross
Mongolian coal exports to China paralysed as Beijing demands virus testing of truck drivers
OUTLOOK 2021 Tajikistan
OUTLOOK 2021 Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan: How the Grinch stole New Year
COMMENT: Uzbekistan is being transformed, but where are the democratic reforms?
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Political turmoil to continue as Bulgaria prepares to hold general election in March amid economic contraction and deep distrust of political institutions.
The country has one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in Europe, a situation exacerbated by the pandemic.
Ordinary people in the country are said to have fallen into a state of Dickensian misery but the president can still find the wherewithal for a giant golden statue of a dog. Plans for equitable economic development are going nowhere fast.
Bold new political experiment adds uncertainty as Montenegro struggles to use its limited resources to overcome recession and restore growth.
Estonia’s vibrant tech sector helped it weather the pandemic, and activity has already picked up in manufacturing and in ICT services, while entertainment and tourism remain in the doldrums.
Weekend brings crucial presidential election. Observers fear autocratic presidency under sway of organised crime and “Khanstitution” could result.
A challenging year in all respects. Kosovo is heading for another snap general election and most likely more political turmoil that could stymie efforts to revive the economy.
The US has been rocked by the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. But in New Europe, protesters storming parliament buildings is a common experience.
Central Asia’s largest economy probably saw from two to three points knocked off GDP last year but should bounce back by around the same amount this year. Officials, meanwhile, are struggling to diversify output away from oil exports over-reliance.
Political infighting has stymied efforts to lift Bosnia out of the coronacrisis.
The transformation of the Baltic state's political landscape is set to continue in 2021.
Albania is facing a challenging year in terms of the EU integration process, the upcoming general election in April and the fight against COVID-19.
Coronavirus-afflicted 2020 came as a cruel blow to a country that was winning plaudits for progress in transforming to a market economy. Tashkent hopes to quickly get fully back on track.
Demand for wind and solar parks is growing in Romania, where Hidroelectrica and Engie Romania snapped up local renewables assets in December.
Croatia enters 2021 still reeling from the triple economic and human shocks of the coronavirus pandemic and two serious earthquakes. The year will bring only a partial recovery for the tourism-dependent economy.
Donald Trump has indulged Turkish strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan but Joe Biden won’t be so accommodating. Whether or not the new US president can fit Erdogan into his plans will be the main determinant of how Turkey fares this year.
China remains top dog as Russia’s biggest trade partner and the two countries are aiming to achieve $200bn trade turnover in the next years.
Belarus’ outlook for 2021 is very uncertain, as in addition to external shocks from the global slowdown – and Russia’s slowdown in particular – and the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as well as ongoing mass protests
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