Central Europe / Opinion

COMMENT: Will Central Europe’s economic recovery be stymied by populist banking laws?

Nicolas Tenzer in Paris May 19, 2020

Multiple financial fires raging across Central and Eastern Europe could have been put out had EU institutions responded sooner to the populist lawfare banks have been put through over the past few years.

ING: Central and Eastern Europe’s fiscal and monetary response to COVID-19

Rafal Benecki et al of ING THINK May 12, 2020

What is behind the magic of high numbers of anti-crisis programmes to combat the economic fallout from COVID-19? Some CEE countries can afford policy responses like developed markets as their central banks kick-start QE support programmes.

OPINION: Post-COVID recessions bring risk of turbulent spring

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 11, 2020

Governments that failed to rise to the crisis — through denial, dismissing the dangers or simply incompetence, resulting in unnecessary deaths and economic hardship — should fear their day of reckoning.

CAPITAL ECONOMICS: Early signs point to steep economic downturn in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Capital Economics’ Chief Emerging Markets Economist William Jackson in London April 30, 2020

There are encouraging signs that the authorities in Central Europe have brought the virus under control and policymakers are slowly starting to ease lockdown measures, which will support a recovery in activity, but a sharp slowdown remains inevitable

THE MITTELEUROPEAN VIEW: Lockdown-reversal in Austria and its regional implications

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna April 13, 2020

Austria has applied a drastic lockdown that has been in place for almost five weeks to contain the spread of COVID-19. The measures have been more restrictive than in some neighbouring and Western countries, and especially Germany. Now, starting this