COVID-19 and Trump’s indifference helped human rights abusers in 2020
Belarusian government sees $2bn of withdrawals, issues $580mn worth of bonds in 2020
Lukashenko: I am no enemy of the people
Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits
One of Russia’s biggest wood product companies, Segezha could be Sistema’s next IPO
The volume of the Russian National Wealth Fund tops $183.93bn as gold overtakes dollar asset for first time
EU to begin certifying Russian Sputnik V vaccine for use in Europe
New Ukrainian VC firm QPDigital aims to invest up to $100 million in digital startups
EBRD investments reach record €11bn in pandemic-struck 2020
FPRI BMB Ukraine: Most Ukrainians are optimistic about 2021 – poll
OUTLOOK 2021 Lithuania
EBRD says loan to Estonia’s controversial Porto Franco project was never disbursed
Estonian premier quits after Tallinn development scandal
Top Centre Party official suspected of corruption in Tallinn real estate scandal
Czech Pirates and Mayors approve final coalition agreement for 2021 elections
OUTLOOK 2021 Czechia
BRICKS & MORTAR: Rosier future beckons for CEE retailers after year of change and disruption
Romanian tech entrepreneurs expand into banking sector
OUTLOOK 2021 Hungary
Hungarian government remains silent after Capitol riots
World Bank expects modest recovery for Europe and Central Asia in 2021
FDI inflows to CEE down 58% in 1H20 but rebound expected
OUTLOOK 2021 Slovakia
Slovakia to invest €1.2bn in digitisation
BALKAN BLOG: The controversial recipe for building up Albania
Heavy flooding causes chaos in parts of Southeast Europe
Vodafone Albania plans €100mn infrastructure investments after AbCom merger
OUTLOOK 2021 Albania
Kyiv accuses Bosnian President Dodik of lying about icon gifted to Russian foreign minister
Bosnia’s real GDP contracts 6.3% y/y in 3Q20
Sofia-based LAUNCHub Ventures holds first close of new fund on €44mn
ING THINK: Growth in the Balkans: from zero to hero again?
OUTLOOK 2020 Bulgaria
Labour demand down 28% y/y in Croatia in 2020
Zagreb Stock Exchange's Crobex10 index at highest level since March 5
OUTLOOK 2021 Kosovo
Arrera Automobili aims to launch Albania’s first supercar
World Bank revises projection for Moldova’s 2020 GDP decline to 7.2%
Moldova’s PM resigns to prepare the ground for early elections
Socialist lawmakers in Moldova scrap settlement on $1bn bank frauds
Montenegro’s new ruling coalition carves up top state jobs
OUTLOOK 2021 Montenegro
Vast tide of floating waste threatens Balkan hydropower plants
North Macedonia's manufacturing confidence indicator down by 8.5 pp y/y in December
OUTLOOK 2021 North Macedonia
Transparency International warns of high corruption risk in CEE defence sectors
Moldova fears flooding from Ukraine's planned Dniester hydropower plants
Romania’s industrial recovery paused in November
OUTLOOK 2021 Serbia
Slovenia’s opposition files no-confidence motion against Jansa cabinet
UK Moneyhub picks Slovenia for post-Brexit European base
Slovenia’s dire COVID-19 situation in 4Q20 caused second economic dip
Slovenia’s Eligma completes €4mn funding round
BEYOND THE BOSPORUS: Let’s tentatively pencil in a date for Turkey’s hot money outflow
Turkish opposition leader lawsuit demands one lira from Erdogan, police probe “bald” interior minister posts
OUTLOOK 2021 Armenia
Armenia’s PM cautions conflict with Azerbaijan “still not settled” after trilateral meeting with Putin
COMMENT: Record high debt levels will slow post-coronavirus recovery, threaten some countries' financial stability, says IIF
Russia, Kazakhstan pushing for oil production increases on the back of coronavirus vaccine-fuelled oil price optimism
OUTLOOK 2021 Georgia
Georgia’s political kingpin Bidzina Ivanishvili quits politics
Modern-day “Robin Hood” inspires Georgians drowning in debt
Iran’s navy conducts missile drill while analyst argues Trump even capable of nuclear strike in final days
TEHRAN BLOG: Who’s more credible? Johnson backing Trump’s Nobel chances or Iran applauding arrest warrant for US president?
STOLYPIN: Scope for limited progress under Biden, so long as the past remains the past
Central Asia vaccination plans underwhelm, but governments look unruffled
Fears of authoritarianism as Kyrgyz populist wins landslide and backing for ‘Khanstitution’
OUTLOOK 2021 Kyrgyzstan
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
Mongolia in lockdown after suffering first local coronavirus transmissions
OUTLOOK 2021 Tajikistan
China business briefing: Not happy with Kyrgyzstan
OUTLOOK 2021 Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan: How the Grinch stole New Year
Turkmenistan: The dammed united
COMMENT: Uzbekistan is being transformed, but where are the democratic reforms?
OUTLOOK 2021 Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan’s Makro positions itself for growth in a more competitive market
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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
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
The Belarusian economy is doing a lot better this year than anyone thought it would do at the start of this year - largely thanks to Russia’s economic recovery.
The IMF revised its forecast ... more
Electioneering for the presidential vote in 2019 is in full swing now and increasingly affecting the political agenda, slowing reforms as the government is starting to put off the more painful ... more
Russian GDP grew in April-June by 2.5% y/y. According to fresh GDP figures, however, much of the growth came from a build-up in inventories, suggesting that growth is still on a rather fragile base. ... more
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