Romania’s president pitches to be CEE's candidate for Nato top seat

bne IntelliNews February 23, 2024

The alliance's CEE countries had hoped to be strong contenders to helm the alliance this time around, but the Netherlands' Mark Rutte appears to have it in the bag already.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Poland will be a test case of how to reconquer the state and rebuild a liberal democracy

Robert Anderson in Prague February 22, 2024

Liberals are fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of the PiS system if they believe Donald Tusk should tread water.

Unemployment level in Slovakia inched up to 3.97% in January

Albin Sybera February 22, 2024

It is an increase of 0.09 percentage points compared to December and a drop of 0.47pp on January 2023.

Opponents look to Constitutional Court and Brussels to block Slovakia's criminal justice reform

Albin Sybera February 20, 2024

Some observers believe the EU is not yet really focussed on Slovakia or may try to avoid getting into another battle over the rule of law, which has already blighted its relations with Hungary and Poland.

CEE losing competitiveness because of soaring wages and weak productivity growth

bne IntelliNews February 19, 2024

Unit labour costs have surged by 25% since 2020 – something not seen since the early 2000s, says Capital Economics

Clear east-west divide in EU for gender balance in science and engineering

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2024

Female employment in science and engineering is well above 50% in multiple regions of Central and Southeast Europe, Eurostat figures show.

Slovak economy best performer in Central Europe with 1.2% growth in Q4

Albin Sybera February 15, 2024

Economic growth above 1% for the whole year 2023.

Warning of new ice age in Europe as currents in the Atlantic approach a catastrophic tipping point

Ben Aris in Berlin February 14, 2024

The currents that circulate in the Atlantic are approaching a “tipping point” that will change the way water flows around the oceans of the world, which will have a catastrophic climate impact on countries around the world.

EU may sanction Chinese companies for the first time for facilitating Russia’s flourishing trade with friendly countries

bne IntelliNews February 13, 2024

The EU is contemplating the unprecedented step of imposing sanctions on three Chinese companies alleged to be aiding Russia's military actions against Ukraine, Bloomberg reports.

Slovak industrial production declined by 0.6% in 2023

Albin Sybera February 12, 2024

The key automobile industry registered a y/y growth of 4.9%, the highest since 2018.

Hydrogen production and demand to grow in 2024, but only slowly

bne IntelliNews February 12, 2024

Hydrogen production and use are expected to grow in 2024, but it remains very expensive to produce and transport, making progress slow.

Oil and gas companies to invest over $1 trillion in the next decade expanding production

bne IntelliNews February 12, 2024

A report from climate campaign group Global Witness reveals that the fossil fuel sector is anticipated to allocate more than $1 trillion worldwide over the next decade for the expansion of natural gas production.

Fico’s coalition pushes judicial overhaul through Slovak parliament

Albin Sybera in Prague February 9, 2024

Legislative changes now likely to go to Constitutional Court and be reviewed by Brussels.

wiiw projects brighter 2024 for Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2024

Vienna-based think-tank expects growth to get back on track this year, but warns of risks from a Trump victory in the US and escalation of fighting in Ukraine or Gaza.

Ukraine denies Fico’s claims it could prolong Russian gas transit

Albin Sybera January 29, 2024

“The stance of the Ukrainian side is straightforward: the transit contract will expire at the end of this year,” says Ukrainian government.

NEO: EU green ambitions under siege amid Red Sea crisis, Russian aluminium ban fears

NEO January 26, 2024

The EU has long positioned itself as a global champion of green energy and the world’s battle against climate change but the Red Sea Crisis and a mooted ban on Russian aluminium imports are undermining those goals.

Red Sea shipping disruptions to hit Europe via industry and inflation

bne IntelliNews January 26, 2024

BMI analysts say Hungary, Ireland and Slovakia to be worst affected, but no major impact on GDP unless Middle East conflict persists.

OUTLOOK 2024 Central Europe

Robert Anderson in Prague January 25, 2024

2023 was a good year for centrist parties in elections in Central Europe and the Baltic states, particularly given the dire economic environment and worrying geopolitical picture.

Slovak PM takes softer approach in meeting with Ukrainian counterpart

Albin Sybera January 25, 2024

Fico pledges to support EU aid to Ukraine, despite saying earlier that he would support Orbán's proposals to keep the package separate from the EU budget.