Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.
But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.
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.
The parliament’s decision to impose a 60-day state of emergency was condemned by President Maia Sandu, who said it was intended to delay early elections.
The moderate GDP setbacks in 2020 imply that for some CEE countries there will not be such drastic recovery and rebound effects in 2021 as in hard-hit countries in Western Europe.
Over 4,000 COVID-19 cases daily are being reported in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, putting hospitals under strain.
With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.
President Sandu has a good chance of either getting Ion Grosu backed by parliament or forcing early elections after rival candidate made surprise move to London.
Parliament commission probes privatisation deals struck when Moldova was under the control of former Democratic Party leader Vlad Plahotnuic.
Emerging Europe has a growing number of female politicians taking a stand against corruption and authoritarianism.
Azeri businessman Rafiq Aliyev is trying to regain control of Moldova’s Giurgiulesti port operator Danube Logistics (MD) through the courts.
Court says Sandu can’t re-appoint Natalia Gavrilita as PM-designate after her choice was voted down by the parliament, where the rival Socialists now have a majority.
Cegeka intends to employ 200 people in Moldova as it expands its presence in Eastern Europe.
President Maia Sandu hopes to force a snap election by proposing a PM candidate the parliament will reject, but she could be thwarted by a new majority around ex-president Igor Dodon.
Moldova Agroindbank picks Giorgi Shagidze, CFO at Georgian TBC Bank at the time of its 2014 LSE listing.
Maia Sandu says her party won't vote for "excellent candidate" Natalia Gavrilita, as she seeks dissolution of parliament.
2.4mn people from the Western Balkans have residence permits for EU countries including 868,000 Albanians – over 30% of the country’s 2.8mn population, shows Eurostat data.