The female voice of change

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2021

Emerging Europe has a growing number of female politicians taking a stand against corruption and authoritarianism.

ING: Commodity supercycle calls grow

Warren Patterson Head of Commodities Strategy at ING in the Netherlands March 7, 2021

It has been an exceptional month for commodity markets, with growing inflation expectations increasing investor interest in the assets. Meanwhile, fundamental developments, particularly in the oil market, have only provided a further boost.

Poland approves plan to overhaul pension system

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 3, 2021

Poland will transfer €33bn worth of assets from private pension funds back within the state-run system.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Repolonisation of the economy often ignores business logic

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 2, 2021

Law and Justice's attempt to build national champions in the banking and energy sectors will make the Polish economy even more state and party dominated.

Polish PMI rises to the highest point in nearly three years in February

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 2, 2021

The index’s expansion strengthens the outlook for recovery in Poland’s manufacturing sector in 2021.

Poland’s GDP contraction adjusted upwards to -2.7% y/y in Q4

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 28, 2021

Analysts diverge on strength of economic recovery expected from Q2 onwards.

European Commission hopes to use new rule of law tool this year

Robert Anderson in Prague February 25, 2021

Vice-president Jourova says Hungary and Poland could soon have EU budget money withheld if they continue to violate rule of law.

Emerging Europe strong on women’s economic opportunities but dragged down by low pensions

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 24, 2021

Different retirement ages for men and women lead to lower pensions for women despite reforms in 2019-2020, says World Bank report.

Poland’s industrial production growth slows to just 0.9% y/y in January

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 19, 2021

Calendar effects subdue growth, which is expected to pick up as German economy recovers.

Abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people rises across Europe and Central Asia

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2021

Crackdown on democracy and civil society during pandemic accompanied by increase in hate speech by politicians finds ILGA-Europe report.

EU imports of Russian gas surge in January, despite objections to Nord Stream 2

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2021

As leading EU countries lobby Germany to stop the construction of Nord Stream 2, the same countries have been dramatically increasing their imports of Russian gas as a cold snap sweeps the Continent

Resilient emerging Europe labour markets to bounce back post-crisis

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 17, 2021

Unemployment growth has been modest and a return to tight labour markets is expected as economies recover from the coronacrisis.

ING: Double-digit growth rates in Poland’s foreign trade

Leszek Kasek senior economist at ING in Warsaw February 17, 2021

Poland's central bank has just released balance of payments data for December and posted a moderate €0.4bn current account surplus,. That translates to a record-high GDP surplus of 3.6% for 2020 as a whole

Poland’s CPI growth picks up to 2.7% y/y in January

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 15, 2021

Rising inflationary pressure seen as unlikely to lead to tighter monetary policy.

Polish GDP falls 2.8% y/y in Q4, flash estimate shows

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 15, 2021

The reading shows Poland’s economy taking a dip again after recovering in the third quarter after the spring COVID-19 lockdown.

Coronavirus wrecks Poland’s Innogy’s electric car-sharing service

bne IntelliNews February 11, 2021

Polish electric power retailer Innogy, an E.ON company, will wrap up its electric car sharing service Innogy Go! in mid-March, the company said this week.

Polish media stop reporting to protest new ad tax

bne IntelliNews February 11, 2021

Readers saw black screens and newspaper pages as independent media confront new threat.

Poland’s recession “one of the world’s mildest”, PM Morawiecki boasts

bne IntelliNews February 10, 2021

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic-induced recession in Poland is one of the “mildest in the world,” the Polish Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on February 9.

Polish wages grow 5% y/y in Q4

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 9, 2021

Outlook for the job market and for further wage growth is improving following weeks of near-complete lockdown.

Cyberpunk 2077 creator CD Projekt says it will not comply with hackers' ransom demands

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 9, 2021

Games developer says security breach did not compromise players' personal data.