Southeast Europe / Opinion

ING: Romania economy cooling, looking for new drivers

Valentin Tataru chief economist for Romania at ING in Bucharest September 23, 2021

With the rapid economic recovery phase now behind us and the peak of the fourth Covid wave just ahead, the Romanian economy is starting to feel the need for additional growth drivers. A better than expected agricultural year and sustained investment

GLOBSEC: No debt ratio is safe for small EU countries

Ivan Šramko and Sona Muzikarova September 10, 2021

Targeted EU fiscal rule reform is desirable but should consider the inherent risks for smaller member states.

ASH: US pulls out of Afghanistan to focus on China problem, but that is harder now

Tim Ash of BlueBay Asset Management in London August 16, 2021

The fact the Biden administration pulled the plug on allies and friends in Afghanistan, and against the advice of allies in Nato, just affirms its all encompassing focus on China in foreign policy.

COMMENT: Three decades of achievements and many challenges for Moldova

Alexandru M. Tanase in London August 12, 2021

As it approaches its 30th anniversary of independence, Moldova has never had better conditions to carry out reforms than it does today.

THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: Reflections on Metternich and the Austrian Balkans

Marcus How in Vienna August 11, 2021

The region that comprised the former Yugoslavia has strongly influenced Austria and continues to do so.

Perspectives | Augmented Azerbaijan? The return of Azerbaijani irredentism

Laurence Broers for Eurasianet August 6, 2021

For decades Azerbaijan denounced Armenian irredentism. Now it is advancing expansionary territorial claims of its own as it seeks to impose peace on its terms.

HOMANS: Ukraine takes control of unleashed drones

Robert Homans in Washington DC June 30, 2021

Since its independence in 1991, Ukraine has been largely limited in its capability to defend itself, partly through poor decisions made by Ukraine and partly due to limits placed on Ukraine by its Western partners. Turkish drones have changed that.

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Czech and Hungarian central banks in sync in 2021 but longer term CNB to outpace MNB

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna June 25, 2021

This week the Czech National Bank increased its key interest rate for the first time in the last 16 months, while the Hungarian National Bank did so for the first time in the last 10 years.

RIMMER: Sea snot as metaphor

Julian Rimmer in London June 24, 2021

Sea snot is the perfect metaphor for the Erdogan regime. That was my first thought when I saw the visually arresting images of the Sea of Marmara enveloped in a suffocating gunk.

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