LONG READ: The oligarch problem

Ben Aris in Berlin January 17, 2021

Andrew Meier had a good joke about the problems post-Soviet countries face with their oligarchs: "What is to be done with those who are to blame."

OUTLOOK 2021 Georgia

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 13, 2021

Ivanishvili says he’s quit politics, Saakashvili has suffered a failed comeback, might new faces prove dominant on a political scene riven by the opposition’s boycott of parliament? The tourism-hooked economy remains destabilised by the pandemic.

Georgia’s political kingpin Bidzina Ivanishvili quits politics

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 12, 2021

"I deem my mission to have been accomplished,” says billionaire Georgian Dream leader, but adds that “it is heartbreaking” that the country does not have a “constructive opposition”.

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.

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.