Czechia and Slovakia lagging behind European average in fighting corruption, says Transparency International

bne IntelliNews January 26, 2022

Slovakia rises four places to 56th under new government, while Czechia remains stuck on 49th after Babis government's 'unfulfilled promises'.

Slovak parliament likely to approve defence agreement with the US

bne IntelliNews January 25, 2022

President adds statement to DCA to reassure MPs but opposition still demands referral to Constitutional Court.

Slovakia faces latest COVID-19 wave with one of lowest vaccination rates in EU

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

Slovakia's poor vaccine performance is being blamed on the government's unclear policy direction, but the opposition has also played its part.

Slovak unemployment rate at 6.76% in December

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2022

Unemployment was up 0.12pp m/m but down 0.81pp y/y.

Defence agreement between Slovakia and the US divides politics and society

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2022

The DCA would allow the US airforce to use two Slovak military airports and potentially other facilities without a request of rental payment for a period of 10 years.

OUTLOOK 2022: Central Europe and the Baltic states

Robert Anderson in Prague January 17, 2022

Central Europe faces a critical year, with a key election in Hungary in April, while rumbling political instability in Poland and Slovakia could lead to early elections.

Slovak inflation up to 5.8% in December

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2022

Month-on-month, consumer prices increased by 0.2%.

PPF still has the deal-making mojo after death of founder Petr Kellner

Robert Anderson in Prague January 11, 2022

New CEO Ladislav Bartonicek is reported to be selling Home Credit Russia as part of the investment group's shift to more mature markets.

Slovak industrial output exceeds pre-pandemic level in November

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2022

Following two months of decline, #Slovakia's industrial production went up again, by 4.3% year-on-year in November.

bneGREEN: Brussels labels both gas and nuclear as green

bne IntelliNews January 5, 2022

Commission says there is a role for natural gas and nuclear as a means to facilitate the transition towards a predominantly renewable-based future.

CEE banking: As good as it gets in (post-) crisis times and the challenging geopolitical environment

Gunter Deuber in Vienna December 20, 2021

Western European banks have made double-digit increases in the growth of their credit exposures to the CE/SEE region in the past 12-18 months.

Slovak inflation in November hits its highest level in the past 17 years

bne IntelliNews December 15, 2021

Slovakia´s inflation reached 5.6% in November, with core inflation standing at 6% and net inflation at 6.4%,

Slovak industrial output down by 0.6% y/y in October

bne IntelliNews December 14, 2021

Car production fell by 20% y/y with the ongoing semiconductor crisis, although the rate of decrease slowed down slightly for the third consecutive month.

Biden pledges no backstage talks with Russia about Nato’s eastern flank

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw December 10, 2021

US president reassures Bucharest Nine of commitment after talks with President Putin stoke fears.

Slovak GDP up by only 1.3% in 3Q21

bne IntelliNews December 7, 2021

In 3Q21, the performance of the Slovak economy approached the pre-pandemic level, however, it still lacked 0.7% to reach 2019 figures.

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.

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.

Central Europe starts to lock down again

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2021

The region’s underfunded health systems are struggling to cope with the impact of the fourth wave of the coronavirus on the large numbers of their citizens who are still unvaccinated.

Slovak unemployment down below 7% in October

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2021

Jobless figures fall by 0.3 percentage points month-on-month.

Slovak government introduces lockdown for unvaccinated people

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2021

Unvaccinated individuals will be allowed to enter only essential shops and will have to be tested for COVID-19 twice per week to enter their workplaces.