OUTLOOK 2020 Bulgaria

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2021

Political turmoil to continue as Bulgaria prepares to hold general election in March amid economic contraction and deep distrust of political institutions.

Modern-day “Robin Hood” inspires Georgians drowning in debt

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet January 9, 2021

The country has one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in Europe, a situation exacerbated by the pandemic.

OUTLOOK 2021 Turkmenistan

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2021

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.

OUTLOOK 2021 Montenegro

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2021

Bold new political experiment adds uncertainty as Montenegro struggles to use its limited resources to overcome recession and restore growth.

OUTLOOK 2021 Estonia

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2021

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.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelIiNews January 7, 2021

Weekend brings crucial presidential election. Observers fear autocratic presidency under sway of organised crime and “Khanstitution” could result.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kosovo

bne IntelliNews January 7, 2021

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.

Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits

bne IntelliNews staff January 7, 2021

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.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kazakhstan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 6, 2021

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.

OUTLOOK 2021 Bosnia & Herzegovina

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2021

Political infighting has stymied efforts to lift Bosnia out of the coronacrisis.

OUTLOOK 2021 Latvia

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2021

The transformation of the Baltic state's political landscape is set to continue in 2021.

OUTLOOK 2021 Albania

bne IntelliNews January 5, 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.

OUTLOOK 2021 Uzbekistan

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent & Will Conroy in Prague January 5, 2021

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.

Renewables assets change hands in Romania as energy companies look to green future

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 4, 2021

Demand for wind and solar parks is growing in Romania, where Hidroelectrica and Engie Romania snapped up local renewables assets in December.

OUTLOOK 2021 Croatia

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2021

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.

OUTLOOK 2021 Turkey

Akin Nazli in Belgrade January 4, 2021

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 Russia's biggest trade partner, trade volumes with Belarus, Ukraine down, with UK up

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2021

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.


bne IntelliNews January 1, 2021

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