Armenia asks Moscow-led CSTO to respond to Azerbaijan’s ‘provocative troop incursions’

bne IntelIiNews May 13, 2021

France’s president Macron and US congressman Schiff express support for Yerevan.

CENTRAL ASIA BLOG: Kazakhs’ loathing of encroaching China rises as Lake Balkhash falls

Kanat Shaku in Almaty. May 8, 2021

Beijing’s hopes of persuading the people of Kazakhstan it’s a force for good won’t be helped if China’s upstream water consumption causes a “second Aral Sea” disaster.

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

Turkey’s TAV seals buyout of 85% stake in Almaty International Airport

Kanat Shaku in Almaty April 30, 2021

Major $655mn FDI project for Kazakhstan will see doubling of airport’s capacity and construction of new international terminal.

Kazakhstan grumbles at Russia breaking trade bloc rules

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet April 29, 2021

An intensified inspection regime has led to a line of 300 trucks at the border.

Chinese researchers calculate Central Asia’s water waste, agriculture potential

David Trilling for Eurasianet April 28, 2021

If Central Asian farmers don’t radically change how they use water, the region will not feed China.

Kazakhstan: Land ban pleases activists but leaves farming with fewer options

Almaz Kumenov for Eurasianet April 23, 2021

Fear of China fuelled the activism, though frustrations had accumulated over stagnant living conditions in the provinces.

wiiw raises 2021 CEE growth forecast to 3.8%

Robert Anderson in Prague April 16, 2021

But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.

Kazakhtelecom to focus on content

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow April 12, 2021

State-run Kazakhtelecom, Kazakhstan's largest telco, plans to produce more of its own content, seeing it as a promising direction of development at a time when regular telecom services are no longer as profitable as they used to be.

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.

IKEA’s New Europe Empire

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

Getting an IKEA store is a good guide to how developed a country is. And the Swedish furniture store has an uncanny knack for opening their yellow and blue stores exactly at the beginning of a country's rapid growth phase.

China’s water use threatens Kazakhstan’s other big lake

David Trilling for Eurasianet March 31, 2021

Climate change, farming and a lack of cooperation risk another Aral Sea disaster.

Perspectives: Turkey and China – can Azerbaijan be the bridge?

Firuza Nahmadova for Eurasianet March 24, 2021

Since shepherding Azerbaijan’s military victory last autumn, Turkey has been on a Silk Road charm offensive. The challenge is turning talk into action.

Scotland’s WGPSN to pay £6.46mn after self-reporting bribery in Kazakhstan

Kanat Shaku in Almaty March 18, 2021

Subsidiary PSNA admitted making illicit gains from payments made to Unaoil to secure contracts in chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas industries.

Home Credit plunges to €584mn loss in 2020

bne IntelliNews March 18, 2021

Czech-owned consumer lending group adapts to COVID-19 by shifting to smaller loans and pushing digitilisation.

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.

ING: Red hot enthusiasm for copper

Wenyu Yao is the Senior Commodities Strategist with ING in London March 10, 2021

Copper prices are approaching their all-time high as investors flood into the market for the red/green metal.

ANALYSIS: Central Asia bond review

Maximilian Hess in London for EurasiaNet March 9, 2021

Despite the COVID crunch, Uzbekistan’s borrowing has blossomed. Tajikistan appears headed for trouble.

The female voice of change

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2021

Emerging Europe has a growing number of female politicians taking a stand against corruption and authoritarianism.