Opposition MPs boycott vote as “Moscow's man” Gakharia is made Georgia’s PM

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 9, 2019

Decision to make controversial interior minister the new prime minister set to fuel tensions in the run-up to next year's general election.

Georgia’s PM resigns, says he “fulfilled my mission”

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 3, 2019

Speculation that Mamuka Bakhtadze’s departure is related to intrigue surrounding nation’s flagship infrastructure project, Anaklia deep-sea port.

Stagnation in Russia: how many opportunities are there for international (investment) banks in the rest of the CIS region?

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna August 28, 2019

Russia is not a growing market for international banking and capital market business at present. That's why people like to look for business and deal opportunities in smaller regional markets in the CIS region.

US partner ‘has pulled out of Georgia’s Anaklia deep water port project’

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 15, 2019

Withdrawal reportedly caused by lack of government backing for country’s flagship infrastructure development. Analysts anticipate investment mothballing or arrival of Russian or Chinese stakeholders to replace Western partners.

Georgia’s political airwaves battle heats up with new channel announcement

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest August 14, 2019

Likely financier is controversial ex-defence minister turned oligarch. Meanwhile, new anti-government movement planned by TBC Bank founder.