Small countries in Balkans and South Caucasus most exposed to tourism industry collapse

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2020

No one knows if there will be a summer tourism season at all in 2020, which is bad news for the countries that generate around a quarter of their GDP from the sector.

COLCHIS: Why is Georgia succeeding with the coronavirus where many Western countries are failing?

Alexander Scrivener of the the Eurasia Democratic Security Network March 22, 2020

When the biggest health crisis in a century hits, where would you prefer to be: the Netherlands or Georgia? Until very recently, almost no one would name the South Caucasus country as their choice.

COLCHIS: The Ghost of National Movements Past

the Eurasia Democratic Security Network March 17, 2020

Merabishvili doesn’t appear to have a viable political future. But if he chooses to re-enter politics, it will only reinforce the sentiment that Georgia needs a new path forward - an alternative to Georgian Dream, surely, but one that doesn’t recall the wounds of the National Movement era.

EBRD makes €1bn available as emergency measure to fight coronavirus impact

bne IntelIiNews March 15, 2020

The EBRD has unveiled an emergency €1bn “Solidarity Package” to help companies deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

CEE/CIS populations believe in gender equality in education but not in business or politics

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2020

More than 100 years since International Women’s Day was declared a national holiday in post-revolutionary Russia, a new survey from the UNDP reveals gender bias is still widespread across the region.

Georgia prays some strong economic underpinnings will counter coronavirus fallout

Emil Avdaliani in Tbilisi March 6, 2020

Loss of revenues caused by epidemic’s impacts on China and Iran will be significant to Tbilisi. A far bigger blow might arrive if Russia and Turkey shut down trade and travel links.