Turkey's "crazy" canal would impact Eurasian trade, geopolitics

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet May 7, 2021

The project threatens the delicate regional military balance.

DATACRUNCH: Inflation surges across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus

Ben Aris n Berlin May 3, 2021

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union inflation been falling and dropped to post-Soviet lows in the last two years. Now it’s back. The countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus are worst affected

Bulgaria expels Russian diplomat over Moscow’s alleged involvement in weapons explosions

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 29, 2021

The foreign ministry in Sofia urged Moscow to cooperate with the Bulgarian prosecution's investigation into the explosions and the poisoning of Bulgarian arms dealer Emilian Gebrev.

Strong hopes Georgia's political crisis is over after EU brokered agreement

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 20, 2021

Way paved for release of opposition leader and electoral and judicial reforms.

M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

Nakhchivan rail plans promise to rewire Caucasus connections

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet April 9, 2021

Iran stands to be one of the winners of the new regional transportation map.

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

Analysis: Caucasus bond review

Maximilian Hess in London for EurasiaNet March 19, 2021

Capital markets take war, the pandemic and political unrest in stride. The second in a two-part series.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

COMMENT: Democracy is struggling in Georgia

bne IntelliNews March 3, 2021

The current political crisis reveals how detached Georgia's political elites have become from the demands of ordinary people.

Top ruling party lawmaker assesses West’s reaction to Georgia’s political crisis as “measured and soft”

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 26, 2021

Analyst suggests sanctions needed against kingpin oligarch Ivanishvili in effort to defend democracy.

COLCHIS: Georgia is in crisis, but it’s far from the end of democracy

Alexander Scrivener of the Eurasia Democratic Security Network February 25, 2021

The news from Georgia over the past few days has been depressing. Headlines like, “Georgian opposition leader arrested” and, “opposition HQ stormed” evoke the sort of post-Soviet authoritarianism Georgia wants to put behind itself

OPINION: PM's resignation is a make-or-break moment for Georgia

Ghia Nodia in Tbilisi February 23, 2021

What next in Georgia following the turmoil in recent days that has seen the PM quit, the leader of the opposition grabbed by security forces and Irakli Garibashvili, who is refusing to hold a snap election, made the new head of government?

Police grab Georgia’s opposition leader after storming barricaded party offices

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 23, 2021

Move comes after new PM is appointed and declares: “We categorically refuse any negotiations on a snap election! This issue is closed!” Predecessor resigned five days ago saying move to detain UNM head would exacerbate divisions in country.

Georgia’s PM resigns after court orders detention of opposition leader

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 18, 2021

Amid country’s political crisis sparked by claims of a rigged general election, Giorgi Gakharia says “I want to believe that this step will help reduce polarisation”.