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Alexei Navalny arrested on arrival as he returns home
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Russia's National Welfare Fund accounts for almost 12% of GDP
Police arresting activists ahead of Saturday’s demonstration in support of Navalny
Biden seeking a five-year extension to START II missile treaty
Western Balkans and Ukraine urged to scrutinise coal subsidies
Oligarchs trying to derail Ukraine’s privatisation programme, warns the head of Ukraine’s State Property Fund
Private finance mobilised by development banks up 9% to $175bn in 2019
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OUTLOOK 2021 Lithuania
EBRD says loan to Estonia’s controversial Porto Franco project was never disbursed
Czech MPs pass protectionist food law in violation of EU rules
M&A in Central and Eastern Europe fell 16% in value in 2020, says CMS report
Hungarian vehicle makers hit by supply chain shortage
COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020
OUTLOOK 2021 Poland
OUTLOOK 2021 Slovakia
BRICKS & MORTAR: Rosier future beckons for CEE retailers after year of change and disruption
FDI inflows to CEE down 58% in 1H20 but rebound expected
Albania needs reforms for e-commerce to thrive, says World Bank
BALKAN BLOG: US approach to switch from quick-fix dealmaking to experience and cooperation
Corona-induced slump in global clothing sector dragged down Albania’s 2020 exports
Bosnia's exports in 2020 amounted to BAM10.5bn, trade deficit to BAM6.3bn
Retailers and restaurant owners threaten protests in Bulgaria if reopening is delayed
Bulgaria's Biodit first company to IPO on new BEAM market
Bulgaria’s government considers gradual easing of COVID-related restrictions
Spring lockdown caused spike in online transactions in Croatia
ING: Growth in the Balkans: from zero to hero again?
Labour demand down 28% y/y in Croatia in 2020
EBRD investments reach record €11bn in pandemic-struck 2020
OUTLOOK 2021 Moldova
Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits
World Bank revises projection for Moldova’s 2020 GDP decline to 7.2%
Montenegrins say state administration is most corrupt institution
North Macedonia plans to cut personal income tax in IT sector to zero in 2023
Romania government to pursue “ambitious” timetable for justice reforms
OUTLOOK 2021 Romania
OUTLOOK 2021 Slovenia
Slovenia’s opposition files no-confidence motion against Jansa cabinet
Slovenia’s government to release funds to news agency STA after EU pressure
UK Moneyhub picks Slovenia for post-Brexit European base
D’S Damat franchise deals ‘show Turkey’s hard-pressed mall operators becoming their own tenants’
Turkey’s benchmark rate held as concerns over faltering recovery come to fore
Turkish lira breaches HSBC’s stop-loss, Turkey ETF signalling outflows
CAUCASUS BLOG : What can Biden offer the Caucasus and Stans, all but forgotten about by Trump?
Armenia ‘to extend life of its 1970s Metsamor nuclear power plant after 2026’
OUTLOOK 2021 Armenia
COMMENT: Record high debt levels will slow post-coronavirus recovery, threaten some countries' financial stability, says IIF
OUTLOOK 2021 Georgia
Iran’s Khamenei menaces private citizen Trump with image of aircraft shadowing blond golfer
Iran’s technology minister indicted for failing to properly implement internet censorship
No US move to rejoin Iran nuclear deal imminent, say Biden national security nominees
TEHRAN BLOG: Will Biden bet on a quick return to the Iran nuclear deal?
Central Asia vaccination plans underwhelm, but governments look unruffled
Fears of authoritarianism as Kyrgyz populist wins landslide and backing for ‘Khanstitution’
Mongolia's PM quits amid protests over treatment of mother with coronavirus and newborn baby
Mongolia's winter dzud set to be one of most extreme on record says Red Cross
Mongolian coal exports to China paralysed as Beijing demands virus testing of truck drivers
Mongolia fears economic damage as country faces up to its first local transmissions of coronavirus
OUTLOOK 2021 Tajikistan
OUTLOOK 2021 Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan: How the Grinch stole New Year
COMMENT: Uzbekistan is being transformed, but where are the democratic reforms?
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In 2017, Belarus’s GDP went up 2.4%, the first positive result since 2014. This meant an exit from a two-year recession, further proof of, which includes an upward trend in industrial production, ... more
Ukraine’s economy is doing better and put in 2.5% in 2017, the State Statistics Service reported on March 21, after revising its growth estimate upwards.
Economic growth was driven by ... more
Following weaker performance at the end of last year, the Russian economy appeared to get back to the track of slow growth in the first two months of this year. The engine of recovery seems to have ... more
Iran’s economy has experienced an “impressive recovery” since international sanctions were lifted in January 2016 and delivered an annual economic growth of 12.5% in the last Persian year ended ... more
Georgia, the small South Caucasus country of 3.9mn, grew by 5.5% y/y in February and 4.9% y/y in January-February. Overall, the economy achieved 5% growth in 2017. The Georgian economy has bounced ... more
The economy grew 4.6% year-on-year in January, with the real (non-nominal) GDP measure showing 11.6% growth. The National Bank chalks it up to a result of increased state wages and rising labor ... more
Last year the Ukrainian economy expanded by 2.2%, in spite of the trade suspension with the non-controlled area in the East, which dampened growth by ca. 0.9%.
Except for inflation, which ... more
Preliminary figures from Rosstat show that Russia’s economy turned the corner in 2017 and GDP grew by 1.5%, slightly less than nearly all forecasters had expected. Recovery was relatively slow ... more
Georgia, the small South Caucasus country of 3.9mn, grew by 4.4% y/y in January, down from 4.8% in December and 5.2% y/y in January 2017. Overall, the economy achieved 4.8% growth in 2017. The ... more
Georgia, the small South Caucasus country of 3.9mn, grew by 4.7% y/y in December and in the last quarter of 2017. Overall, the economy achieved 4.8% growth in 2017. The Georgian economy appears to ... more
The Russian economy grew by 1.5% in 2017 as it finally emerged from several years of recession.
The country's GDP in 2017 increased to RUB92.08 trillion from RUB85.92 trillion in 2016.
In ... more
The Belarusian economy is doing well as it is being lifted by the economic revival in Russia. The country has emerged from recession as a result of improved trade flows. At the same time Eurobonds ... more
Ukraine economy is recovering but the slow pace of that recovery has disappointed.
The economy generated lackluster growth of just above 2% over the past two years. Industrial production was flat ... more
Georgia, the small South Caucasus country of 3.9mn, grew by 4.9% y/y in the first half of 2017 and 4.7% in the first three quarters . The Georgian economy decelerated from 2.9% in 2015 to 2.7% in ... more
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has revised upward the forecast for Belarus' GDP growth to 1.5% in 2017 from its previous estimate of a 0.5% contraction in its May ... more
Ukraine's real GDP grew 2.1% year-on-year in July-September, the Ukrstat state statistics agency reports which while encouraging is still well under potential.
The population are still mired in ... more
Russia’s GDP rose 2.2% y/y in 3Q17 due to the one-off support from agricultural sector and steadier acceleration of retail sales and will end the year with about 2.0-2.1% of growth as predicted.
Iran’s economy has experienced an “impressive recovery” since international sanctions were lifted in January last year and delivered an annual economic growth of 12.5% in the last Persian year ... more
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