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Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have signed a trilateral gas agreement securing the resumption of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine from November. The...Read more

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Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban looks to be backpedalling on plans to introduce a controversial internet tax following mass protests and furious...Read more

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Ocotber 30, 2014

Enel expects to receive binding offers for Slovanske Electrarne (SE) within a month, its CEO insisted on October 30. That looks...Read more

Jan Cienski in Warsaw

The Warsaw Stock Exchange is curbing its imperial ambitions and focusing on developing its national market after deciding against pursuing a merger with...Read more

Intellinews

Czech investment and financial group PPF has boosted its stake in telecommunications company 02 Czech Republic to more than 83%, CTK news agency reported...Read more

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Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta is widely expected to win the country's November 2 presidential election, which follow a campaign dominated by...Read more

Bloomberg

Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International AG, the bailed-out Austrian lender being broken up, agreed to sell its Balkan banking unit to U.S. private equity firm...Read more

Reuters

Croatia's general budget deficit will be 5 percent of gross domestic product this year, down from 5.2 percent in 2013 but more than the 4.6 percent planned...Read more

The Journal of Turkish Weekly

Macedonia's parliament will soon start a procedure to revoke the mandates of opposition MPs who have boycotted parliament for the last six months.

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InSerbia News

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that the Serbian government is resolved to privatize the public company Telekom Serbia, while in the case of...Read more

October 31, 2014
Kazinform

"KZT 500 bln will be allocated in 2014-2015 for coping with bad loans of the second-tier banks," head of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Kairat Kelimbetov...Read more

AKIpress

The World Bank and the Uzbek government signed two loan agreements for more than $400mn for implementation of projects in irrigation and agricultural sector...Read more

ARKA

Russian Gazprom has shipped 1.343 billion cubic meters of natural gas to Armenia in January-September this year, an increase of 5.5% from the same time span...Read more

Chronicles of Turkmenistan

October 39, 2014

In various etraps (districts) in the north of Turkmenistan people are taking to the streets to cordon off intercity motorways due...Read more

AKIpress

Director of the Border Service of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan Nurlan Zhulamanov is formally accused of bribery and organization of...Read more

October 31, 2014
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Sistema, the Russian telecoms and oil holding, must return oil company Bashneft to state ownership, Moscow's commercial court ruled on October 30 in a...Read more

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The ruble surged more than 5% to RUB41 per dollar on October 31 from a fresh record low reached after months of devaluation, in apparent expectation of...Read more

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Russia could build a tunnel to Crimea rather than a bridge as planned previously, following Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March 2014...Read more

bne

Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have signed a trilateral gas agreement securing the resumption of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine from November. The...Read more

UralSib

Ruble finally strengthens; Sistema court decision taken positively by investors for now. The Russian markets were extremely volatile yesterday thanks in...Read more

October 31, 2014
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Ratings agency Moody's sees Ukraine's sovereign debt currently at 66% and reaching 70% of GDP by the end of 2014, with GDP to fall up to 7-8% in 2014....Read more

bne

The newly appointed governor of Lugansk, former interior minister Hennady Moskal, has said in an interview that 80-95% of the region is pro-Russian.

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bne

Russia could build a tunnel to Crimea rather than a bridge as planned previously, following Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in March 2014...Read more

bne

Russia, Ukraine and the European Union have signed a trilateral gas agreement securing the resumption of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine from November. The...Read more

Concorde Capital

Investors were dumping their Ukrainian equities on Thursday, Oct. 30. The WIG Ukraine Index of Warsaw-traded stocks slid 0.9%, weighed down by its biggest...Read more

bne

June 7, 2013

To cheering crowds greeting his return at the airport, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in general kept to his...Read more

VTB Capital

News: The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey has published its regular weekly statistics: lending growth accelerated to 24.8% YoY and outflows from the...Read more

VTB Capital

News: Having returned home late last night, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan made a brief statement at 3am at Ataturk Istanbul airport to the pro-AKP crowd...Read more

Hurriyet Daily News

More than 10,000 supporters of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan flocked to Istanbul's AtatŸrk Airport to greet him on his return from his four-day trip...Read more

VTB Capital

In May, the VTB Capital Banks Index was down 5.9%, underperforming both MSCI EM Banks (-1.9%) and MSCI RU (-3.6%). Russian banks were in a volatile trading...Read more

Weekly List

October 27, 2014
Nick Kochan in London

Documents related to a Moscow arbitrage court hearing seen by bne allege there is a €145m hole in the finances of a now-bankrupt Russian insurance company...Read more

Galt & Taggart

Banking System Structure: The Kazakh banking system reported assets of KZT15,463 billion ($99 billion) as of 1 January 2014,2 equivalent to 46% of GDP.3 The...Read more

bne

Russian banks depositors prefer bank safes rather than deposits because of their non-confidence to the credit institutions and uncertainty in political...Read more

bne

Around a dozen Eurozone banks have failed stress tests and will need to find new capital, the European Central Bank will reveal on October 26, a report...Read more

Concorde Capital

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) estimates the total recapitalization needs of the three state banks at UAH12.5bn, which the State Savings Bank (...Read more

October 27, 2014
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Russian mobile telecoms giant MTS has put its Ukrainian subsidiary up for sale, according to business daily Vedomosti. In the second quarter of 2014, MTS...Read more

Belta

Belarus has improved its positions on the global Internet access ranking Ookla Netindex, BelTA learned from representatives of the Belarusian...Read more

bne

Russia's communications ministry is not discussing preferences for Internet search engine Sputnik, launched by telecom giant Rostelecom in May and intended...Read more

TASS

The CyberBerkut group of hacktivists said on Saturday it had disrupted the functioning of the electronic counting system and the website of the Ukrainian...Read more

Portfolio.hu

Hungary's Economy Minister Mih‡ly Varga has on Tuesday submitted to Parliament a draft on changes to the tax regime to be implemented in 2015. An amendment...Read more

October 27, 2014
bne

Kairat Kelimbetov, head of Kazakhstan's central bank, has denied there are plans to devalue the national currency amid the falling oil prices and Russian...Read more

bne

The Polish economy continues to spit out mixed signals to keep investors and the central bank on their toes. Better-than-expected industrial production in...Read more

Kester Eddy in Budapest

Rozsa Beer is crystal clear when it comes to offering her opinion on the Hungarian economy. Mrs Beer, 59, who has retired from running a small knitting...Read more

bne

Polish industrial production data reported on October 17 offered a rare bright spot in the recent gloom that has sat over Central Europe. The data could...Read more

Renaissance Capital

We expect external debt repayments to peak in 4Q14. We tentatively assume RUB43/$ at end-2014. If oil prices bounce back to $105/bl in 2015, we believe the...Read more

October 27, 2014
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Media group ITI and French group Canal+ put their 51% stake in TVN - one of Poland's major television broadcasters - up for sale late on October 16. The...Read more

Tim Gosling in Prague

Latvia has halted talks with E.ON over buying a 47% stake in national gas utility Latvijas Gaze because the price is too high, the country's prime minister...Read more

Tim Gosling in Prague

With Russia playing cat-and-mouse with Europe over gas deliveries, the need to diversify energy supplies has never been greater. However, the deadlock over...Read more

UralSib

Agrees to acquire 40% in Concept group ... AFK Sistema (SSA LI - Not Rated) announced yesterday that it has agreed to acquire a 40% stake for RUB1bn ($25m)...Read more

Erste

According to press sources, INA has won a lawsuit against the state at the highest court in Croatia and will receive Croatian exploration concessions back (...Read more

October 27, 2014
Jan Cienski in Warsaw

Poland is a fairly flat country with few striking landmarks, an architectural heritage that pales in comparison with France and Italy, no queen and it has a...Read more

bne

Hungary announced on October 22 that it is preparing legislation that would allow it to bypass EU oversight and start building its section of the South...Read more

bne

When Russian President Vladimir Putin cut off European Union imports of agricultural products earlier this year, one of the rationales was to give a boost...Read more

bne, Ria, Concorde Capital

The European Parliament voted on Oct. 23 to prolong its unilateral free trade regime with Ukraine until the end of 2015. In April 2014, the parliament...Read more

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Excitement is building that stalled nuclear power projects around Central and Eastern Europe might finally get off the ground, following a recent agreement...Read more

October 27, 2014
RIA Novosti

A contract has been signed on the construction of a major logistics base in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin for trade and economic cooperation with...Read more

Sberbank CIB

Mostotrest and four other construction heavyweights (Stroygazconsulting, Crocus International, Koltsevaya Magistral and DSK Avtoban) have submitted bids in...Read more

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Russia will start constructing a RUB29bn bridge across the Amur River on the border with China, together with the country in 2016, a year later than...Read more

Terrence Edwards in Ulaanbaatar

The Trans-Mongolian Railway badly needs an overhaul if it is to operate as an effective trade route between Russia and China. That could finally happen now...Read more

TASS

Four staff members of Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport were detained on suspicion of their duties' negligence in regard to the Falcon-300 private jet...Read more

October 27, 2014
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Is Russia still an ethical investment? bne sources say some fund managers have been pulling their money out of Russia, afraid of reputational risks or...Read more

October 27, 2014
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Korean Air will participate in the capital hike of struggling flag carrier CSA Czech Airlines, the Central European airline said on October 23. CSA, which...Read more

bne

A long-discussed bill aimed at reducing Russian businesses' use of offshore vehicles for tax avoidance has been introduced to parliament.

The draft...Read more

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Latvia has halted talks with E.ON over buying a 47% stake in national gas utility Latvijas Gaze because the price is too high, the country's prime minister...Read more

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Russian oil giant Lukoil said on October 22 that is working on a possible listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, Lukoil Vice President Leonid Fedun told...Read more

The Moscow Times

Russia's Rosneft Chief Executive Igor Sechin said he sees share price at no less than $8.12 per share at possible stake sale by the state, news agencies...Read more

Special Reports

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan treads a cautious diplomatic path

Azerbaijan is in a situation Poles can sympathise with - wedged between two powerful and occasionally belligerent neighbours, both of which have occupied it in the past. But while it has in common with Poland a difficult relationship with Russia, on its other flank lies not liberal democratic Germany, but theocratic and difficult Iran.

Not quite Spring in Azerbaijan

The demonstration ended with rubber bullets, water cannon and arrests - a common denouement to protests in Azerbaijan. But were the scenes in Baku on March 10 the sign of a swelling popular movement that could topple President Aliyev, or merely a minor drama involving a small rent-a-mob bent on provocation and with little support?

Azerbaijan's ambitions in space

In February, Azerbaijan launched its first commercial communications satellite Azerspace-1, which is designed to tap into the massive demand for high-quality broadband internet, data and broadcasting services across the Caucasus, Central Asia and Africa.

Promoting Azerbaijan

While businesses are figuring out what to make of the investment opportunities in Azerbaijan, the country is hard at work at finding ways to attract investors and encourage the growth of its non-oil sector.

Baku pushes Azerbaijan's high-tech sector

A state-owned venture capital fund is poised to start making its first investments in Azerbaijan, where the government is aggressively pushing the development of its ICT sector as part of its efforts to diversify the economy.