Record Czech poll support for ANO as its leader adopts Kremlin-appeasing narrative

Albin Sybera March 12, 2024

Leaked emails reveals how former premier wanted to target foreign minister's family.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Missiles made in Russia, tested in Kazakhstan and fired on Ukraine

Peter Baunov in Astana March 11, 2024

Arrangement that is no secret to the Kazakhs has started to raise eyebrows among Kyiv’s allies.

Ukraine court orders seizure of Turkcell units over oligarch Fridman links

Akin Nazli in Belgrade March 11, 2024

Company controlled by Turkey’s sovereign wealth fund argues Russian businessman has no influence over its Ukrainian subsidiaries.

Italian street artist's selfie with Putin prompts calls for EU sanctions

Marco Cacciati March 11, 2024

Italian graffiti artist Jorit sparked uproar last week after appearing at the World Youth Festival in Sochi, where he joined President Vladimir Putin on stage for a picture. His actions provoked outrage in Italy and led to calls for EU sanctions.

CENUSA: Europe needs to reduce the risks of destabilisation in its eastern neighbourhood

Denis Cenusa in Giessen March 8, 2024

Candidate states for EU accession such as Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia remain in a zone of insecurity where Russia can intervene minimally in a hybrid way.

Closing gender gap in workforce could double global growth rate says World Bank

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2024

Countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia have a lower gender gap than the global average but only Latvian women have equal legal standing with men.

BOFIT: Russian population in decline

Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition (BOFIT) March 8, 2024

At the end of last year, Russia has 146.2mn people living permanently in the country. Excluding the Crimea, illegally annexed in 2014, Russia’s 2023 population was about 144 mn. Russia’s population peaked in 1993 at 149 mn and is now declining.

Two years later: addressing long-term consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – Bruegel discussion

Ben Aris in Peterborough March 8, 2024

Sanctions on Russia have had mixed results after two years of war, inflicting real pain on the Russian economy, but the lack of effective enforcement has muted their effect, a panel organised by Brussels-based think-tank Bruegel.

Czech president says finance for Ukraine ammunition secured

Albin Sybera March 8, 2024

Czech initiative to buy ammunition from third countries follows failure of EU to provide promised 1mn rounds from within the bloc.

NBU prepares the way for a digital currency with a second round of market place tests

bne IntelliNews March 8, 2024

The National Bank of Ukraine has unveiled plans for a second phase of e-hryvnia testing slated for later this year, as the regulator prepares the ground to launch its own digital currency, the NBU said in a statement on March 7.

EU's CBAM poses financial threat to Ukrainian producers during wartime

bne IntelliNews March 8, 2024

The introduction of the European Union's Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) in 2026 could potentially impose big new financial strains on Ukrainian producers, costing them millions in lost trade, unless the EU offers exemptions due to the war

Court confiscates Ukrainian oligarch Kolomoisky's Russian assets

bne IntelliNews March 8, 2024

The Russian District Court of the Adygea Republic has confiscated the Russian assets tied to jailed Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, on March 5, according to the Russian judiciary's press service.

KSE: Ukraine’s state debt review 2023

Kyiv School of Economics Center of Public Finance and Governance March 6, 2024

In 2023, the combined state debt and state-guaranteed debt increased by 30.4% to $145.3bn, representing 85% of the estimated GDP (up from 49% in 2021 and 77.8% in 2022).

NEO: EU ban on Russian aluminium may cause shortages, price surge

NEO March 6, 2024

The EU has been discussing the possible ban of Russian aluminium for months but stopped short of taking such measures, If EU policymakers follow through on the suggestion in the next round of sanctions it could cause chaos on the metal markets.

Macron doubles down on idea of using Nato troops in Ukraine

Robert Anderson in Prague March 6, 2024

French president for a "strategic leap" in Western thinking on help to Kyiv.

Making drones in the kitchen: Ukrainian civilians rise to meet military shortages

bne IntelliNews March 6, 2024

With Western support for Ukraine’s war effort suffering as a result of the United States’ failure to agree on a new aid package, ordinary Ukrainian citizens are stepping up to the plate.

Poland to push EU to ban food imports from Russia and Belarus

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 5, 2024

Prime Minister Donald Tusk is going to ask the Polish parliament this week for a resolution calling on the ban of farm product imports from Russia and Belarus.

Beauty queens in public spat as Miss Ukraine accuses Miss Russia of pageant bribery

bne IntelliNews March 5, 2024

Beauty queens competing in Miss Europe 2024 have come to blows after the Ukrainian representative accused her Russian competitor of bribing her way to victory.

Zelenskiy says situation at Poland border has gone 'too far'

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 4, 2024

Ukraine says Poland is not doing enough to contain the protests that hurt its economy during wartime.

LONG READ: China and Russia, the industrial production superpowers that could win a war

Ben Aris in Berlin March 1, 2024

China is now "the world’s sole manufacturing superpower" and Russia’s productive capability is greater than that of Germany’s, according to recent studies on the changes to the world’s manufacturing make-up.