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OUTLOOK 2021 North Macedonia

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2021

A very challenging year lies ahead of North Macedonia following the Bulgarian veto on the launch of the country’s EU accession talks.

OUTLOOK 2021 Slovakia

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2021

Igor Matovic's government faces a backlash over its handling over the pandemic as opposition parties try to force early elections.

OUTLOOK 2021 Czechia

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2021

Support for Prime Minister Andrej Babis’s ANO party has slipped and the opposition is uniting ahead of what looks to be close elections in October.

OUTLOOK 2021 Tajikistan

bne IntelIiNews January 11, 2021

Emomali Rahmon has ‘won’ yet another term. What else hasn’t changed? Central Asia’s poorest nation is still pouring money into building the giant Rogun dam. Energy export is one way to ease fiscal woes. But a latest worry is failing rains.

Handfuls of protesters fight on amid Kazakh parliamentary poll that’s little more than a ritual confirming regime’s power

Nizom Khodjayev in Almaty January 11, 2021

No surprise as ruling party Nur Otan wins landslide. All parties on ballot paper were pro-government. Despite the modest resistance, security forces take no chances.

OUTLOOK 2020 Bulgaria

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2021

Political turmoil to continue as Bulgaria prepares to hold general election in March amid economic contraction and deep distrust of political institutions.

Modern-day “Robin Hood” inspires Georgians drowning in debt

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet January 9, 2021

The country has one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in Europe, a situation exacerbated by the pandemic.

OUTLOOK 2021 Turkmenistan

bne IntelIiNews January 8, 2021

Ordinary people in the country are said to have fallen into a state of Dickensian misery but the president can still find the wherewithal for a giant golden statue of a dog. Plans for equitable economic development are going nowhere fast.

OUTLOOK 2021 Montenegro

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2021

Bold new political experiment adds uncertainty as Montenegro struggles to use its limited resources to overcome recession and restore growth.

OUTLOOK 2021 Estonia

bne IntelliNews January 8, 2021

Estonia’s vibrant tech sector helped it weather the pandemic, and activity has already picked up in manufacturing and in ICT services, while entertainment and tourism remain in the doldrums.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelIiNews January 7, 2021

Weekend brings crucial presidential election. Observers fear autocratic presidency under sway of organised crime and “Khanstitution” could result.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kosovo

bne IntelliNews January 7, 2021

A challenging year in all respects. Kosovo is heading for another snap general election and most likely more political turmoil that could stymie efforts to revive the economy.

Storming parliaments: New Europe's greatest hits

bne IntelliNews staff January 7, 2021

The US has been rocked by the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. But in New Europe, protesters storming parliament buildings is a common experience.

OUTLOOK 2021 Kazakhstan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty January 6, 2021

Central Asia’s largest economy probably saw from two to three points knocked off GDP last year but should bounce back by around the same amount this year. Officials, meanwhile, are struggling to diversify output away from oil exports over-reliance.

OUTLOOK 2021 Bosnia & Herzegovina

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2021

Political infighting has stymied efforts to lift Bosnia out of the coronacrisis.

OUTLOOK 2021 Latvia

bne IntelliNews January 6, 2021

The transformation of the Baltic state's political landscape is set to continue in 2021.

OUTLOOK 2021 Albania

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2021

Albania is facing a challenging year in terms of the EU integration process, the upcoming general election in April and the fight against COVID-19.

OUTLOOK 2021 Uzbekistan

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent & Will Conroy in Prague January 5, 2021

Coronavirus-afflicted 2020 came as a cruel blow to a country that was winning plaudits for progress in transforming to a market economy. Tashkent hopes to quickly get fully back on track.

Renewables assets change hands in Romania as energy companies look to green future

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 4, 2021

Demand for wind and solar parks is growing in Romania, where Hidroelectrica and Engie Romania snapped up local renewables assets in December.

OUTLOOK 2021 Croatia

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2021

Croatia enters 2021 still reeling from the triple economic and human shocks of the coronavirus pandemic and two serious earthquakes. The year will bring only a partial recovery for the tourism-dependent economy.

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