COMMENT: Russia: industrial output slows back to reality

Dmitry Dolgin chief economist Russia at ING in Moscow April 16, 2019

The return of industrial output to moderate 1.2% year-on-year growth in March confirms the technical nature of February's 4.1% y/y spike. So far we see signs of a slowdown of investment activity at the beginning of 2019.

COMMENT: Russia Balance of Payments: increasingly reliant on portfolio inflows

Dmitri Dolgin chief economist Russia ING April 10, 2019

The only reason for the ruble's 6% appreciation to the US dollar in 1Q19 was the $7.5bn gross portfolio inflows into the state bond market, as Russia's expectedly strong current account was fully offset by the government and the private sector's pref

COMMENT: WTO report on Russia-Ukraine transit and national security disputes to test future of trading system

Iana Dreyer of Borderlex in Paris April 9, 2019

Washington was the only World Trade Organization (WTO) member that supported Moscow in a highly politicised trade dispute with Ukraine and the whole organisation has been thrown into an existential crisis as a result.

COMMENT: EU & the Western Balkans: a win-win constellation at second glance

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna April 8, 2019

At first glance, the enlargement of the EU to include the states of the Western Balkans seems to be an irrelevant trifle for the EU, but on closer inspection it is a good idea as expansion of the EU is not just about business.

COMMENT: Russian near-term CPI risks decline

Dmitri Dolgin chief economist Russia ING April 7, 2019

Russian CPI in March was at the lower bound of the consensus range. We see CPI growth as being close to its peak this year, however, the longer-term risk profile still calls for caution on the part of the Central Bank

COLCHIS: When corruption trumps geopolitics: lessons from the Moldovan election

Mihai Popsoi of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network April 5, 2019

The flawed recent elections in Moldova reveal a simpler truth: that political expediency and corruption often wins over strategic and geopolitical orientation.

ISTANBUL BLOG: Turkey in limbo – Markets only hear the tick tock of the Erdogan clock

Akin Nazli in Belgrade April 4, 2019

Until it’s clear whether or not the strongman will take the Ankara and Istanbul election defeats on the chin, the country will feel stuck at a crossroads.

COLCHIS: Armenia is a Russian ally and EEU member, so how did it pull off a democratic revolution?

Dr. Karena Avedissian of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network April 3, 2019

For Armenia, a Russian ally, a member of the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), and once regarded as increasingly autocratic, the 2018 Velvet Revolution was a remarkable achievement.

ISTANBUL BLOG: In theory Erdogan will pay heavy price in Sunday local elections for botching economy. But that’s just a theory

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2019

Analysts would be shocked if ruling AKP party countenances losing both Ankara and Istanbul.

COMMENT: No-deal Brexit could affect value chains in the EBRD regions

EBRD in London March 29, 2019

Newly published EBRD research finds that a significant proportion of value chains within the 12 EU countries where the Bank operates, and also in Turkey as a member of the EU Customs Union, could be affected in an event of Brexit

COMMENT: The Kazakh transition has finally begun

Alexey Malashenko of Dialogue of the Civilizations in Moscow March 26, 2019

The “Kazakhstan transition” has been expected for years. Although it was widely predicted, no one – inside or outside of Kazakhstan – could guess exactly when it would happen.

LONG READ: Turkish economy reaches uncharted territory on cusp of election week

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 24, 2019

The lira is once more losing its feet and Turkey’s stocks and bonds have another bloody nose. The latest Erdogan-Trump beef was the trigger, but eurobond markets had started to tire of Turkish debt and locals show no confidence in their currency.

COMMENT: Ukraine has to climb a debt mountain

Peter Simon in New York March 20, 2019

Ukraine has a debt mountain to climb with $15bn of bonds to refinance this year and $21bn in 2020. An improving economy gives the country better access to the international capital markets, but the battle remains uphill.

COMMENT: Turkey’s unemployment near 10-year high

ING Chief Economist Turkey March 20, 2019

The unemployment rate in Turkey rose in December to the highest level seen since September 2009, as job creation lost momentum amid a deeper rebalancing in the economy

COMMENT: Russia’s February industrial output, a positive surprise

Dmitry Dolgin chief economist Russia at ING in Moscow March 20, 2019

The spike of industrial output growth in February trumped the consensus but it mostly due to railway passenger car production and so is probably a one-off