Polish GDP eases fall to -1.4% y/y in Q1 as consumption and investment grow

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw June 1, 2021

The reading is an upward revision of 0.3pp versus the flash estimate published in mid-May.

Polish industrial production continues flight in April against last year’s low base

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2021

Poland’s industrial production growth skyrocketed 44.5% year on year at constant prices in April 2021, in line with predictions for a sharp rise in activity compared to April 2020.

Poland says it will not comply with EU court’s order to stop Turow mine

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 24, 2021

Poland is in for another major tussle with the EU after the bloc’s top court issued an interim measure to stop lignite mining at the Turow mine near the border with Czechia.

Polish PPI inflation growth picks up to 5.3% y/y in April

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2021

April reading marks the fourth consecutive expansion of the index after a 10-month streak of falls or zero growth in factory gate prices.

bneGREEN: GECF rejects IEA call to end upstream investment

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2021

The Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) has rejected the findings of the IEA report released last week, instead projecting that gas will increase its share in the global energy mix to 28% from 23% today.

bneGREEN: The EU’s Green Deal: Putting a carbon price on imports

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 22, 2021

The EU’s journey to net zero threatens a carbon price war with its trading partners

bneGREEN World needs immediate and massive deployment of green tech to fight climate change

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 19, 2021

World needs immediate and massive deployment of green tech to fight climate change, warns IEA in its latest report.

MOSCOW BLOG: The freedom of the press is under attack in both the east and the west

Ben Aris in Berlin May 19, 2021

It’s been a bad few months to be a journalist. The world was outraged by the Israeli rocket attack in Gaza that destroyed the building that was home to UAE-backed Al Jazeera and the international news organisation AP.

Western Balkans do better than eastern EU members on LBGTI rights

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2021

Montenegro has the best legal and policy environment for LGBTI people in the emerging Europe region, ILGA-Europe's latest Rainbow Europe Map shows.

Poland’s GDP eases fall to 1.7% y/y in Q1 in harbinger of recovery

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 17, 2021

Poland is about to reopen nearly in full this month in line with the vaccinations being rolled out to more and more people.

DATACRUNCH: the bne car ownership/age index

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2021

bne IntelliNews has introduced a new index, the bne Car Ownership/Age index (bneCOR), that cuts through the contradictions and paints a much clearer picture of just how far the middle class has come in each country.

LONG READ: The first thing the emerging middle classes of New Europe do is buy a better car

bne IntelliNews May 14, 2021

A middle class is emerging in New Europe but to get a handle on how far the process has gone and what the differences are between each country bne IntelliNews took a look at the icon of middle-class status: car ownership.

Polish gross wages pick up growth to 6.6% y/y in Q1

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 13, 2021

An economic recovery of around 3%-4% is expected in 2021, driven by household consumption, on the back of faster wage growth and unemployment returning to normal.

10 megatrends shaping emerging Europe in the post-pandemic 2020s

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 11, 2021

Visions of a new roaring twenties are seductive but climate change and geopolitics pose threats.

Romanian, Polish presidents call for stronger Nato presence on the eastern flank

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest May 11, 2021

Bucharest Nine virtual summit took place weeks after Russian military exercises along Ukraine’s border raised tensions in the Black Sea area.

Poland’s unemployment grows 0.5pp y/y to 6.3% in April

Wojciech Kosc in Moscow May 11, 2021

Demand for labour is expected to shoot up, as the economy is reopening in quick stages throughout May.

Payten acquires North Macedonia e-commerce company Grouper

bne IntelliNews May 10, 2021

Launched in 2011, Grouper serves more than 200,000 customers in cooperation with over 3,000 companies that sell their products and services online.

ECHR deals big blow to Polish government-dominated top court

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 10, 2021

European Human Rights Court says company could not get a fair trial because of illegal government appointments to Constitutional Tribunal.

Central Europe joins the EV revolution

bne IntelliNews May 10, 2021

Could electric cars and batteries generate the new high-tech sector the region so badly needs?

Poland’s system of disciplining judges violates EU law, says CJEU advisor

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 7, 2021

Advocates General says disciplinary measures could damage judges’ independence by allowing the government to punish them for their rulings.