ISTANBUL BLOG: Erdogan spikes Nato accession talks with Sweden and Finland

Will Conroy in Prague May 18, 2022

Turkish leader leaves US and Europe wondering what his price might be for unblocking what was supposed to be a routine process.

Just another day in Ukraine's hell

Neil Hauer in Lysychansk May 18, 2022

Ukrainian refugees seek shelter from heavy shelling in a school's basement as Russian troops grind ever closer.

End of siege of Azovstal is near as hundreds of wounded Ukrainian troops evacuated

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin May 17, 2022

Hundreds of injured Ukrainian troops were evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol where they had been holed up for more than two months.

Lukashenko hits out at lack of unity shown by member nations of Russia-led military bloc

bne IntelIiNews May 17, 2022

In front of Putin in Moscow, Belarusian dictator addresses counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Armenia.

Significant gains for Ukraine as troops reach the Russian border in Kharkiv region

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin May 17, 2022

Ukraine’s advance in the north-east is an impressive turnaround after Russian troops had attempted a siege on Kharkiv for two months.

Nordic Nato accession set to reinforce Baltic states' security

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius May 16, 2022

The accession of Finland and Sweden to Nato will transform the picture in the Baltic region but more military deployments are still needed, argue Baltic experts.

Erdogan comes out against Finland, Sweden joining Nato

Will Conroy in Prague May 13, 2022

Turkish leader says Nordic countries are “home to many terrorist organisations”. Position may anger Western nations that have tolerated Ankara’s decision not to impose war sanctions on Moscow.

bneGREEN: Climate change, war in Ukraine and rising prices create perfect storm threatening global food security

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2022

The war in Ukraine has interrupted grain exports from the country and could create a global food crisis as vulnerable wheat importing countries in Africa and the Middle East face shortages and rising prices.

Russian-linked businessmen bid for strategic Greek port

Matt Bernardini in Prague May 13, 2022

The Port of Alexandroupolis' privatisation comes at a time when it has assumed greater strategic importance for the US military.

What's behind Belarus' latest troops movements along the border with Ukraine?

bne IntelliNews May 13, 2022

While Belarus' latest troop increases along the border with Ukraine have worried many, these actions should be seen in the light of Lukashenko's aim of de-escalating tensions with the West while showing loyalty to Putin.

EBRD 2022: Auto components manufacturing starts shift from war-afflicted Emerging Europe to North Africa

Clare Nuttall in Marrakech May 12, 2022

OEMs have asked manufacturers of cable harnesses to move to safer locations, such as Morocco and Tunisia.

EBRD 2022: President says it is supporting wartime commerce in Ukraine and planning for the future

Ben Aris in Marrakech May 12, 2022

EBRD President Odile Renaud-Basso says it is focused on pouring help into Ukraine, but thoughts are already turning to the eventual reconstruction of the country.

EBRD 2022: EBRD supports Ukraine’s power sector and food security

Clare Nuttall in Marrakech May 12, 2022

Development bank and Kyiv agree to repurpose part of an existing loan to electricity transmission company Ukrenergo to provide €50mn of emergency liquidity.

EBRD 2022: Food security in times of crisis

Ben Aris in Marrakech May 12, 2022

The war in Ukraine has sent prices for food soaring, and they were already high due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even if peace returns tomorrow, prices for grain are likely to remain elevated for the foreseeable future.

bneGREEN: Renewables set for record growth in 2022, but 2023 is not so rosy

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh May 11, 2022

Renewables are again set to break global records in 2022, with 320 GW of new capacity forecast to come online and new solar projects in China and Europe driving growth.

EBRD 2022: Board of governors walk out after Russians insist on speaking

Ben Aris in Marrakech May 11, 2022

The majority of the delegates at a closed session of the EBRD board of governors walked out of the hall when the EBRD’s Russian director Sergey Verkashanskiy insisted on speaking at the annual meeting in Marrakech on May 11.

EBRD 2022: Trade Commissioner hopeful for EU oil export ban deal to strike Russian war machine

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 11, 2022

European Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis says sanctions on hydrocarbons will get "to the heart of the Kremlin war machine financing".

Russia gas flows to Europe via Ukraine disrupted by war for the first time

bne IntelliNews May 11, 2022

Part of Russian natural gas transit flows to Europe via Ukraine were halted due to the war on May 11, sending European gas prices spiking.

EBRD 2022: Living in a time of turbulence

Ben Aris in Marrakech May 11, 2022

The war in Ukraine is spilling out to affect the economies of the entire catchment area of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which includes Emerging Europe, Central Asia and North Africa.

EBRD 2022: Russia and the war in Ukraine dominate the EBRD’s annual meeting

Ben Aris in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The three-month-old war in Ukraine dominated the agenda on the first day of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development meeting in Marrakech, the first in-person AM in three years.