Hungarian PM announces referendum on anti-LGBT law

bne IntelliNews July 22, 2021

Referendum widely seen as diversion from Pegasus wiretapping scandal and the suspension of recovery fund money from Brussels.

bneGREEN: Global investors turn to green energy and away from fossil fuels

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 21, 2021

The world’s largest global debt and equity investors are continuing to invest in renewable energy despite the pandemic, driven by the wealth of investment opportunities, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis said.

Hungarian government caught off guard by spying revelations

bne IntelliNews July 20, 2021

Ruling party to boycott parliamentary committee meeting on its alleged use of Israeli software to spy on journalists and opposition politicians.

Hungarian government accused of using Israeli software to spy on investigative journalists

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2021

At least 10 Hungarian lawyers, one opposition politician and five journalists' phone numbers are on the leaked list of potential targets.

CEE dealmaking back at pre-COVID levels in H1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews July 19, 2021

The first half was particularly strong in the mid-market and smaller-ticket segment.

bneGREEN: EU carbon pricing set for radical reforms

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh July 13, 2021

The European Commission is to publish legislation on July 14 that will detail the EU’s plans, dubbed “Fit for 55,” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 as part of wider reforms to European energy and climate laws.

Hungary’s CPI rises to 5.3% in May

bne IntelliNews July 9, 2021

Inflation hit a new record for this year, and the highest figure since end-2012.

bneGREEN: CEE surfs the green bond wave

Robert Anderson, and bne IntelliNews reporters July 9, 2021

Issuance has been impressive but in some countries green bonds are still to get off the ground, while in others there is a shortage of high-yield, local currency or 'dark green' issues.

Hungary under 'concerted attack' over LGBTQ legislation at European Parliament

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

EC President Ursula Von der Leyen demands that Hungary amend its paedophilia law or it will face legal action.

wiiw raises its GDP forecast for 20 out of 23 countries in CEE

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies has raised its GDP growth forecasts for 20 out of 23 countries in Central and Eastern Europe as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic starts to recede.

bneGREEN: What is green?

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Defining green energy and indeed green investments is not an exact science, Determining just how green each of the various energy sources are gets complicated once you start digging into the details.

Reporters Without Borders adds Viktor Orban to its list of enemies of press freedom

bne IntelliNews July 6, 2021

Hungarian premier becomes first EU premier on the list, which includes Vladimir Putin, Alexander Lukashenko and Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Radical rightwing parties sign eurosceptic declaration

bne IntelliNews July 5, 2021

The declaration marks another building block in the attempt to create a strong radical rightwing grouping in the European Parliament.

CONFERENCE CALL: Economists warn over inflation and rising debt

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow July 1, 2021

As the world starts to emerge from the Coronacrisis, economists on an EBRD panel warned over rising inflation, debt and the uneven recovery from the crisis, with emerging markets and developing economies lagging behind their richer peers.

CEE regional sentiment up again in June but analysts warn of price pressures

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Capital Economics analysts point to evidence of growing price pressures in eastern EU members.

bneGREEN: Hydro’s elderly turbines need fresh investment to contribute to net zero

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 30, 2021

Hydro needs new investment to replace elderly infrastructure and accelerate the road to net zero, the IEA says.

Dutch PM tells Orban he is free to leave EU as pressure grows over Hungary’s anti-LGBT law

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2021

EU set to launch yet another infringement action against Hungary, as 17 EU leaders sign letter pledging to 'continue fighting against discrimination of the LGBTI community'.

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Czech and Hungarian central banks in sync in 2021 but longer term CNB to outpace MNB

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna June 25, 2021

This week the Czech National Bank increased its key interest rate for the first time in the last 16 months, while the Hungarian National Bank did so for the first time in the last 10 years.

bneGREEN: Most green energy beats coal on price in 2020

Richard Lockhart June 24, 2021

162 GW, or 62%, of new renewable capacity was cheaper than new fossil fuel-fired generation in 2020

EU threatens legal steps against Hungary's anti-LGBT regulation

bne IntelliNews June 24, 2021

Thirteen EU states have condemned Hungary’s law in a joint statement, saying the anti-LGBT clauses of the bill violate the right to free expression.