Eastern Europe / Opinion

Zimin Foundation: Science at the heart of our philanthropic efforts

Boris Zimin of the Zimin Foundation in Moscow December 2, 2019

On November 21, some of Russia’s top writers, journalists, academics, scientists and publishers gathered in Moscow for the annual “Enlightenment Prize”. The purpose of the annual Prize is to support Russian scientists and science journalists

COMMENT: Turning Ukraine's ship of state around

Eric Hontz senior programme officer Europe and Eurasia at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Kyiv November 27, 2019

I recently watched more than 30 new members of Ukraine’s parliament give up their precious time off to spend hours in a windowless room in Kyiv to learn more about the development of the rule of law, market institutions, and policy.

IMF Blog: Frontier market borrowing binge

International Monetary Fund November 25, 2019

Rock bottom global interest rates have been a boon for so-called frontier-market countries, which have been able to borrow cheaply to finance their development needs. But there can be too much of a good thing

IIF: Game of loans, debt at record highs, climate concerns to drive up cost of borrowing further

Institute of International Finance November 22, 2019

​Without question, rising debt levels have supported global growth since the 2008 financial crisis. However, there are increasing questions about the marginal utility of further borrowing—and a lot of concern that a continued ramp-up in debt could sp

IIF: 2020 the climate super-year

Institute of International Finance November 11, 2019

The growing importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance to investors (and ultimately to voters) is one of the most important forces shaping the new global economy. CO2 emissions must peak next year or we are in trouble.

IMF ups the ante, demands government try and recover $15bn stolen from banks

Robert Homans in Los Angeles November 9, 2019

During the bank sector reform more than $15bn was stolen by the owners, including $7.6bn stolen by oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky from Privatbank. The IMF has demanded the government tries to recover some of this before granting a new deal.

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