Iran's President Raisi vows severe retaliation against Israel after missile strikes

bne Tehran bureau April 14, 2024

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi issued a stern warning to Israel on April 14, stating that Iran's armed forces will deliver a "heavier and more regretful response" to any new "adventurism" against Iran's interests

Iran announces end of retaliatory operation on Israel, no intention to continue

bne Tehran bureau April 14, 2024

Mohammad Baqeri, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, said Iran's strike on Israel had successfully concluded.

BREAKING: Iraq, Syria and Jordan close airspace amid Iranian strike on Israel

bne Tehran bureau April 13, 2024

Iraqi Minister of Transport Razzaq Al-Saadawi has announced the closure of Iraqi airspace

BREAKING: Iran launches dozens of drones headed for Israel

bne Tehran bureau April 13, 2024

Iran has launched dozens of drones from the west of the country, which are currently headed toward Israel.

Netanyahu family wait at billionaire’s missile-proof house in Jerusalem

bne IntelliNews April 13, 2024

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara spent the weekend at the luxury villa of American billionaire Simon Falic in Jerusalem

Iranian MP says Tehran will not initiate war but could 'eliminate' Israel

bne Tehran bureau April 13, 2024

Mojtaba Zonouri, the vice speaker of the Iranian parliament, said Iran has no intention of initiating a war but could “eliminate” Israel.

Poland’s ruling coalition pushes forward with conflicting proposals on changing abortion law

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw April 13, 2024

A special commission will now look at the proposals in order to hammer out a compromise text.

Global airlines suspend flights to and over Iran

bne Tehran bureau April 13, 2024

KLM of the Netherlands, Qantas of Australia and Austrian Airlines have suspended flights over Iran, and Germany's Lufthansa has stopped flying into the country

Hungary announces postponement of investments to meet new deficit target

Tamas Csonka in Budapest April 12, 2024

Analysts calculate that the postponement of HUF675bn (€1.73bn) of state investments will not be enough and that some HUF1.1 trillion of fiscal consolidation is required to keep the revised target of 4.5% of GDP this year.

Russia's military forces are 15% bigger than they were at start of war, says US intelligence

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2024

Russia is reconstituting its army far faster than initial estimates suggested, US Army General Christopher Cavoli, Nato's Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, said in a statement on April 10.

Poland’s Orlen paid $400mn to scammers for oil that never arrived

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw April 12, 2024

'National champion' oil group humiliated by deal with unchecked middleman in scandal that only emerged after dismissal of CEO appointed by PiS government.

Viktor Orban blasts Migration Pact as "another nail in the coffin" of EU

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2024

"The MigrationPact is another nail in the coffin of the European Union. Unity is dead, secure borders are no more. Hungary will never give in to the mass migration frenzy! We need a change in Brussels in order to StopMigration!" Orban said.

MOL opens largest green hydrogen plant near Budapest in CEE region

bne IntelliNews April 12, 2024

Hungarian oil and gas giant MOL has inaugurated one of Europe's largest green hydrogen plants and the biggest in CEE to support refinery operations at its facility south of Budapest from a €22mn investment.

Czech opposition tries to hold parliamentary session on PM’s financial affairs

Albin Sybera April 12, 2024

Fiala had a holding in PDZ fund suspected of money laundering.

Poland begins big abortion debate that could rock Tusk government

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw April 11, 2024

Conservative coalition deputies likely to vote down liberalisation, resulting in a spectacular government defeat.

Ukraine's ammo crisis mounts on stalled US aid

bne IntelliNews April 11, 2024

General Christopher Cavoli, the top US commander in Europe, cautioned during a congressional hearing on April 10 that Ukraine is on the brink of running out of ammunition and air defence interceptor missiles.

Poland's Tusk says no to freshly agreed EU migration deal

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw April 11, 2024

Poland, Slovakia and Hungary slam European Parliament's migration compromise.

100,000 forced from homes in Kazakhstan by “biblical” flooding linked to climate change

Kanat Shaku in Almaty April 11, 2024

Rapid snowmelt amid sudden weather change, combined with heavy rains and already waterlogged ground prove a disastrous combination.

The EU is preparing a new, fourteenth package of sanctions

Ben Aris in Berlin April 11, 2024

The EU is preparing a new fourteenth package of sanctions that is slated for adoption in the coming months, but is unlikely to introduce any new products and will focus mostly on enforcing the existing thirteen rounds of sanctions.

China expanding security footprint in Central Asia

Eurasianet April 11, 2024

Uzbekistan strives to improve ability to combat extremism, drug trafficking and cybercrime.