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.

Bulgaria’s outgoing government under scrutiny over sudden hike in budget deficit

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 19, 2021

Bulgaria reported a consolidated budget deficit of €335.7mn in the first quarter of 2021 and will have to borrow to patch the gap later this year.

Team Navalny pulls the trigger on the next big demonstration scheduled for April 21

bne IntelliNews April 19, 2021

Supporters of jailed anti-corruption activist and opposition politician Alexei Navalny called for the next big anti-government demonstration on April 21, the same day as Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a State of the Nation Speech.

Samolet see EBITDA up by half despite the coronacrisis

Ben Aris in Berlin April 19, 2021

Since Russian residential developer Samolet Group listed on the Moscow Exchange (MOEX) in October last year with a valuation of $721mn a lot has happened. Surprisingly most of it has been good.

Will Belarus merge with Russia this week?

Ben Aris in Berlin April 19, 2021

Social media was buzzing with speculation after Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko said that he was going to announce a “principled” decision of the last quarter century this week on April 17.

Navalny close to death as Kremlin attempts to ban his group as extremist

Ben Aris in Berlin April 19, 2021

Jailed anti-corruption activist and opposition politician Alexei Navalny is close to death as he goes into his 19th day of a hunger strike in prison and the Russian authorities try to ban his organisation as "extremist."

Azerbaijan fires info war salvo against Russia

Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet April 18, 2021

After previously denying it, Azerbaijan now says that Armenia fired Russian-made rockets during last year’s war. And now they’re trying to make things difficult for Moscow.

COVID-infected MPs join North Macedonia parliament session to push through stimulus package

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 18, 2021

Vote ends two-month deadlock that left pandemic-hit businesses and workers without support.

Czechia expels 18 alleged agents from Russian embassy after accusing Kremlin of causing explosion

bne IntelliNews April 18, 2021

Attack on Czech arms cache in 2014 killed two and led to the evacuation of a wide area.

Commissioner says EU looking at ways to help Montenegro repay China debt

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia April 18, 2021

Podgorica asked the EU to help it repay a loan to China’s Exim Bank taken out to pay for the construction of the first priority stretch of the Bar-Boljare motorway.

Romania’s Chimcomplex issues new shares as it prepares for Warsaw listing

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 18, 2021

Romania’s biggest chemical group plans to join its main regional rival Polish group PCC on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.

S&P raises Romania’s outlook to stable as fiscal risks recede

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 17, 2021

Romania’s new government rolled back a costly 40% pensions hike that would have prompted rating agencies to downgrade the country to junk.

Zelenskiy meets Macron as Russia engages in a diplomatic dance over a possible Biden-Putin summit

Ben Aris in Berlin April 17, 2021

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy called for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and for the restart of the four-way talks under the Normandy Format during a trip to Paris.

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.

UEFA´s 'unfair' punishment of Czech football player raises furore among fans and politicians

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Row demonstrates the wide gulf that exists between attitudes towards racist behaviour in Western Europe compared to the newer CEE member states.

Bulgaria’s Gerb to nominate Daniel Mitov for next PM amid lack of coalition partners

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Boyko Borissov, the leader of the Gerb party, will nominate Daniel Mitov, former foreign affairs minister, as Bulgaria's prime minister, assuming a coalition led by Gerb can be formed.

Poland’s government-controlled top court tells independent ombudsman to go

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw April 16, 2021

Holder of one of last remaining independent state institutions set to be replaced by government appointee as parliament cannot agree on a replacement.

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.

Turkey’s key rate held but central bank language ‘indicates premature easing is ahead’

bne IntelIiNews April 16, 2021

Regulator says “domestic activity is strong” but Capital responds: “Our own reading is that the economy is starting to slow more abruptly.”

US slaps new sanctions on Russia, including debt bans

bne IntelliNews April 15, 2021

The administration of US President Joe Biden on April 15 released details of long expected new sanctions against Russia, including a ban on US investors buying newly issued Russian ruble bonds that will infuriate the Kremlin.