Albanian opposition protesters hurl Molotov cocktails at prime minister's office

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2024

The demonstration was part of a campaign of civil disobedience by supporters of Sali Berisha, opposition leader and former president and prime minister of Albania.

Navalny team proposes new sanctions to punish Russia

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2024

The opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team has proposed three new sanctions to punish Russia, following his death in a high-security prison in Russia’s Far North on February 16.

Hungarian State Audit Office fines opposition parties for alleged foreign campaign financing

Tamas Csonka in Budapest February 21, 2024

The Orban government aims to cut off all kinds of funding to its political opponents, while it has an unlimited pool of state funding for campaigns.

Farmer protests grip Poland

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 21, 2024

The Polish government is under mounting pressure to deal with the protests and not let domestic politics compromise its support for Ukraine.

Russia arrests a US-Russian dual citizen on treason charges

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2024

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained Ksenia Khavana, a 33-year old dual Russian and US citizen, on charges of treason for donating $50 to a Ukrainian charity on the day the war in Ukraine began.

Romania starts €200mn dredging operation at port used for Ukraine exports

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 21, 2024

Expanding capacity of Romania’s Constanta Port will help Ukrainian grain exporters bypass Poland, where farmers’ protests have erupted.

Hungary’s parliament finally sets date to ratify Sweden’s Nato membership

Tamas Csonka in Budapest February 21, 2024

Hungary’s defiance over the issue has led to further souring of relations with the United States.

Russia puts Navalny’s brother Oleg back on wanted list

bne IntelliNews February 20, 2024

The Russian Interior Ministry has placed Oleg Navalny, the brother of opposition figure Alexey Navalny, on its wanted list for new unspecified criminal allegations on February 20.

Hungary spent whopping €3.5bn on propaganda between 2015-2023

bne IntelliNews February 20, 2024

State advertisement contracts roughly equal half of the entire spending in Hungary’s communication market.

The Bank of Georgia Group to acquire Armenian Ameriabank for $300mn

bne IntelliNews February 20, 2024

The Bank of Georgia Group has announced a preliminary agreement to acquire 100% of Ameriabank, the largest Armenian financial institution, for $303.6mn.

EU says no need to extend Ukrainian gas transit deal

Newsbase February 20, 2024

The European Commission finally states position on future of Russian gas transit via Ukraine.

Turkey releases top exec detained after gold mine landslide disaster within hours

Akin Nazli in Belgrade February 19, 2024

Experts say ultimate cost of accident likely to be many multiples of money saved on mining operations through inadequate construction and/or operation of leach heap in gold extraction.

EU sends naval mission to Red Sea to protect shipping routes

bne correspondent February 19, 2024

The mission's launch comes in response to the Iranian-backed Houthis' continuous drone and missile attacks on commercial vessels.

Hungarian influencers organise huge rally to support victims of child abuse

Tamas Csonka in Budapest February 19, 2024

Biggest rally against Viktor Orban's regime since he took office in 2010.

Hungarian government officials, Fidesz cold shoulder US bipartisan delegation visiting Budapest

bne IntelliNews February 19, 2024

Senior Hungarian government officials and Fidesz parliamentary representatives declined to meet with the bipartisan US Congressional delegation on a mission focused on strategic issues confronting Nato and Hungary.

Moscow ridicules suggestions it will launch nuclear weapon into space

bne IntelliNews February 19, 2024

Moscow has denied reports that it is planning to launch a nuclear weapon into space, describing claims made by US media as "malicious” and "unfounded.”

Effigy of Serbian president causes new rift in relations with Croatia

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2024

Effigies of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Russian President Vladimir Putin were burnt at the annual carnival in Kastel Stari.

Alexei Navalny reported dead in prison

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2024

Russia’s most prominent opposition leader was jailed in January 2021 after he returned to Russia.

Air Astana valued at $847mn in London and Astana IPO

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2024

IPO had a total deal size of around $370mn, making this the largest privatisation in Kazakhstan to date with significant involvement from local investors.

US Secretary of State Blinken bolsters Albania ties amid regional stability concerns

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2024

Blinken uses Tirana visit to assure Western Balkan countries of Washington’s support for their integration into the European Union.