Russian billionaire Usmanov has been re-elected to a fourth term as the President of the International Fencing Federation

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2021

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov has been re-elected to a fourth term as the President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) during the body’s congress in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Concern mounts over new southern Africa coronavirus variant

bne IntelliNews November 26, 2021

The EU is planning a ban on travel from southern African countries after a new and highly infectious variant of the coronavirus virus was confirmed in Botswana and South Africa.

Romanian parliament backs new government after long political crisis

bne IntelliNews November 26, 2021

PSD and PNL put rivalries aside to form new government led by Nicolae Ciuca, ending lengthy political crisis.

Moldova disburses €70mn from state budget to pay gas bill to Gazprom

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 26, 2021

Russian gas major had threatened to switch off gas supplies to Moldova over unpaid gas bill.

63 dead in Siberian mine methane explosion tragedy

bne IntelliNews November 26, 2021

Over 63 miners died during a methane gas explosion in a Siberian mine on November 25. "According to preliminary information, no one is left alive in the mine," state news agency TASS

Croatia signs €999mn deal to buy 12 used Rafale fighter jets

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 25, 2021

Nato member Croatia signs deal to bolster its air defences after tender process was delayed by the pandemic.

Iranians cheered by collapse of lira flood over Turkish border for Black Friday shopping

Daniel Rad in Dublin November 25, 2021

With Iran’s rial typically suffering only bad news given US sanctions, day-trippers didn’t need telling twice to make journey to bag some bargains.

Joe Biden leaves out Hungary from list of participants in US Democracy Summit

bne IntelliNews November 25, 2021

Viktor Orban is the only premier among the EU member states not taking part in the two-day event.

Tehran City Council renames streets in dig at Azerbaijan

Javid Agha in Baku November 25, 2021

Road renamings celebrate historic Iranian links to the South Caucasus, as well as jailed Shiite group.

Bosnia risks running out of coal as miners refuse to return to work

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo November 25, 2021

Miners have gone home after two days of protests in Sarajevo, but say they won't return to the mines until their demands are met.

Poland’s government-controlled top court says European human rights convention clashes with Polish Constitution

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw November 25, 2021

After declaring it can ignore European Court of Justice, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal now claims it can dismiss ECHR rulings.

Slovakia declares two-week lockdown amid record growth in positive COVID-19 cases

bne IntelliNews November 25, 2021

Slovakia has recorded the world´s fastest rise in positive cases.

Migrants continue to try to cross Poland’s border from Belarus, but the camp has gone

Ben Aris in Berlin November 25, 2021

Middle Eastern migrants continue to try to storm the Polish border from Belarus, but security forces say the woodland camp is largely gone.

Bulgaria confirms veto on start of EU membership talks with North Macedonia

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 24, 2021

Bulgarian decision blocks opening of EU accession talks with both North Macedonia and Albania.

Bosnian coal miners hold mass protest in Sarajevo

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo November 24, 2021

6,500 miners from seven mines in the Bosnian Federation held a protest in Sarajevo, forcing a shutdown of mining in the entity.

Moscow claims US rehearsing nuclear strike against Russia as East-West tensions rise further

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2021

Russia claims that US bombers flying only 20 km from Russia’s border were rehearsing a nuclear strike on Russia from two different directions earlier this month, the Defence Ministry said in a statement on November 23.

Ukraine asks Gazprom to extend gas transit deal for 15 years

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2021

Ukraine has asked Russia’s gas behemoth Gazprom to extend the current gas transit deal that expires in 2024 for another 15 years and has offered to cut transit fees in half.

Commercial activity in Turkey grinding to halt amid uncontrolled lira depreciation

Akin Nazli in Belgrade November 23, 2021

Collapse of currency pushing up prices of imported raw materials. Fertilizer and other producers sitting on output as they cannot determine how prices will develop.

At least 46 people from North Macedonia died in bus crash in Bulgaria

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje, Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 23, 2021

Tourist bus returning to North Macedonia from Istanbul caught fire and overturned, killing at least 46 people.

Romanian political crisis ends with formation of unlikely ruling coalition

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 23, 2021

Romania’s two biggest parties — the National Liberal Party and Social Democratic Party — put aside their rivalry to form a new government headed by Nicolae Ciuca.