Nato agrees 'fundamental shift' to counter Russia

Robert Anderson in Prague June 29, 2022

Security alliance’s leaders agree a big increase in troop deployments on its Eastern Flank, more help for Ukraine in its defence against Russian aggression, and a new Strategic Concept.

Bulgaria posts highest inflation in SEE amongst EU peers

bne IntelliNews June 21, 2022

Bulgaria posted the highest level of inflation in Southeastern Europe amongst EU members after annual inflation hit 13.4% in May, as the whole world fights to avoid stagflation

EU neighbours push for Bosnia to get candidate status

bne IntelliNews June 20, 2022

Croatia and Slovenia want Bosnia to be given candidate status along with Ukraine at this week’s EU Council meeting.

World hit by interest rate and inflation shock says IIF

Ben Aris in Berlin June 20, 2022

The world’s economy is being hit by an inflation and interest rate shock that shows no sign of abating, Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a recent paper.

ASH: Welcome to the new age of inflation

Timothy Ash Senior Sovereign Strategist at BlueBay Asset Management in London June 17, 2022

The debate around inflation is centre-stage at present, with headline and PPI inflation soaring globally in response to a range of factors but including climate change/transition and Covid-related supply disruptions.

bneGREEN: Europeans set higher decarbonisation targets to rescue continent’s security

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh June 10, 2022

A total of 19 European governments have accelerated their decarbonisation policies in response to a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, the gas crisis and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

CONFERENCE CALL: Globsec basks in Putin's humiliation

Robert Anderson in Prague June 6, 2022

In contrast to previous conferences of the Bratislava-based security think-tank, there was a feeling that the West is no longer on the back foot and that now is the time to press home its advantage.

War and soaring prices take toll on Southeast Europe's listed companies

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 4, 2022

Even companies without operations in Russia or Ukraine are affected by the supply chain disruptions and hikes in food and energy prices.

Slovenia’s new government to realign foreign policy with core EU countries

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 31, 2022

After outgoing PM Janez Jansa's spats with Brussels, new centre-left government plans to shift away from Visegrad Group and strengthen relations with the "Germany-France-Italy axis".

Geopolitics suspected behind Budapest pulling out of race to host ice hockey tournament without Russia

bne IntelliNews May 30, 2022

Finland and Latvia will host the 2023 Ice Hockey World Championships after Slovenia and Hungary withdrew their joint candidacy.

Green-left Freedom Movement leader Golob becomes Slovenia’s new prime minister

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2022

Golob’s Freedom Movement agreed to form a government with the Social Democrats and the Left after winning the April 25 general election.

Slovenia’s DEM to launch geothermal pilot project at abandoned well

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2022

If successful, DEM's project to exploit the geothermal energy potential of a dry, unproductive well could be replicated around the world.

CEE companies weather the COVID-19 crisis

Robert Anderson in Prague May 23, 2022

Prompt and decisive government intervention, financial lifelines and firms’ involvement in global value chains have helped minimise insolvencies, says EIB/EBRD report.

EBRD expects 30% GDP contraction in Ukraine in 2022, lowers emerging Europe projections

Clare Nuttall in Marrakesh May 10, 2022

The EBRD has cut its 2022 emerging Europe growth forecasts again, reflecting a sharp downgrade for Ukraine and the regional fallout from the war and sanctions.

Where the 11 Southeast European states stand on the Ukraine war

bne IntelliNews May 5, 2022

Southeast Europe is split over the issues of sanctions on Russia and military aid to Ukraine, with some states firmly in the western camp, some staying neutral and others internally torn.

BOOK REVIEW: How the handling of migration from the eastern EU states pushed the UK towards Brexit

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 29, 2022

“Here to Stay: Eastern Europeans in Britain” tells the story of the half million citizens of the new EU member states who have moved to the UK since the early 21st century.

Emerging Europe growth to fall to an average of 3% this year, says wiiw

bne IntelliNews April 28, 2022

Russian GDP forecast to fall by 9-15% this year, while Ukraine's economy could collapse by 38-45%.

Election results in France and Slovenia go against Orban

bne IntelliNews April 26, 2022

The election defeat of Slovenia’s populist SDS means the Hungarian strongman has one less ally in the European Council at a crucial time when the EU is set to trigger the rule-of-law mechanism against Hungary.

Newcomer Golob’s party ousts Jansa in Slovenia’s general election

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje April 24, 2022

The Freedom Movement, the green party led by ex-energy executive Robert Golob, is set to lead Slovenia's next government.

Growth of Slovenia’s output prices accelerates to 17.9% y/y in March

bne IntelliNews April 21, 2022

The producer price index started to increase rapidly at the beginning of 2021.