EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Where the 11 Southeast European states stand on the Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2022

Southeast Europe is split over the issues of sanctions on Russia and military aid to Ukraine, with some states firmly in the western camp, some staying neutral and others internally torn.

BOOK REVIEW: How the handling of migration from the eastern EU states pushed the UK towards Brexit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 29, 2022

“Here to Stay: Eastern Europeans in Britain” tells the story of the half million citizens of the new EU member states who have moved to the UK since the early 21st century.

Emerging Europe growth to fall to an average of 3% this year, says wiiw

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2022

Russian GDP forecast to fall by 9-15% this year, while Ukraine's economy could collapse by 38-45%.

Election results in France and Slovenia go against Orban

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2022

The election defeat of Slovenia’s populist SDS means the Hungarian strongman has one less ally in the European Council at a crucial time when the EU is set to trigger the rule-of-law mechanism against Hungary.

Newcomer Golob’s party ousts Jansa in Slovenia’s general election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 24, 2022

The Freedom Movement, the green party led by ex-energy executive Robert Golob, is set to lead Slovenia's next government.

Growth of Slovenia’s output prices accelerates to 17.9% y/y in March

bne IntelliNews April 21, 2022

The producer price index started to increase rapidly at the beginning of 2021.

Newly formed Freedom Movement threatens to oust SDS in Slovenian general election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 20, 2022

Polls put Prime Minister Janez Jansa’s rightwing SDS and the green centre-left Freedom Movement neck and neck — but the latter will find it easier to put together a coalition.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Are broad coalitions really the best way to overthrow authoritarian populists?

Robert Anderson in Prague April 12, 2022

The Hungarian election has dealt a big blow to the once confident hope that broad opposition pre-electoral coalitions are the best way to remove entrenched authoritarian populists from power.

HSE opens largest solar power plant in Slovenia

bne IntelliNews April 10, 2022

Prime Minister Janez Jansa says developing Slovenia's energy resources has become even more important since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Slovenia’s anti-corruption commission finds PM Jansa in conflict of interest

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 4, 2022

News concerning appointment of non-executive director at Slovenia's bad bank broke just weeks before Slovenia is due to hold general elections on April 24.

EBRD slashes 2022 growth forecasts but only nations embroiled in war to enter recession

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2022

Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.

COMMENT: Roma civil society can learn from both mistakes and local successes to make inclusion work

Andrew Ryder, Nidhi Trehan, Marius Taba March 22, 2022

There is deep disappointment over the rate of progress of various Roma inclusion policies of the European Union during the last few decades.

Eastern EU member states divided over sanctions on Russian oil and gas exports

bne IntelliNews March 18, 2022

Central and Southeastern European countries are among the most vulnerable to any cut-off in Russian energy exports, but this has not stopped some of them from being very vocal in demanding tougher action.

Textron acquires Slovenian Pipistrel as it prepares for electric future

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2022

Following acquisition, Textron will set up a new business segment, Textron eAviation, focused on the development of sustainable aircraft.

Poland’s Kaczynski voices idea of peacekeeping mission in Ukraine

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 16, 2022

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki of Poland, Czechia’s PM Petr Fiala, and the Slovenian PM Janez Jansa are the first foreign leaders to travel to Ukraine during the war.

Croatia, Italy and Slovenia to create cross-border hydrogen valley

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2022

Three countries to promote the development of hydrogen technologies as they aim to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

BALKAN BLOG: Slovenia’s Jansa goes from EU rebel to champion for Ukraine enlargement

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 15, 2022

Having missed leadership opportunities and challenged EU values during Slovenia’s recent EU Council presidency, PM Janez Jansa has emerged as a leading advocate of accession for Ukraine.

Serbians blame US and Nato for Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews March 14, 2022

A majority of Serbians blame the US and Nato for the war in Ukraine, while just over a quarter blame Russia, a new poll shows.

Grain-hungry nations look to second-tier emerging Europe producers

bne IntelliNews March 11, 2022

​The war between two of the world’s top grain exporters, Russia and Ukraine, has sent prices to record levels and forced importers to urgently seek out alternative sources.