THE VIEW FROM MITTELEUROPA: German traffic light coalition could worsen frictions with CEE

Marcus How and Gunter Deuber in Vienna November 1, 2021

A new centre-left government in Berlin could help create a two-tier Europe, especially if it promotes rule of law penalties.

wiiw hikes 2021 CEE growth forecast to 5.4%

Robert Anderson in Prague October 21, 2021

Growth is predicted to fall to 3.7% in 2022 and 3.5% in 2023 because of base effects, monetary tightening and more significant external headwinds.

Russia’s coronavirus spike threatens the whole region

bne IntelliNews October 20, 2021

Vaccine scepticism means just under a third of the Russian population is vaccinated and the government admitted last week that it had “lost the information campaign” to persuade its people to take the pandemic seriously.

Perspectives | Russia’s (not so free) trade agenda

Aruzhan Meirkhanova for Eurasianet October 19, 2021

Recurring import bans by the Russian agricultural watchdog attest to a problem with Moscow’s idea of free trade.

Belarus' GDP 3% up in January-August, foreign trade surplus at record high

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2021

In January-August 2021 Belarus' GDP rose by 3%, while the foreign trade surplus exceeded $2bn and beat the record of the year 2013.

Belarus' gold, forex reserves down by 0.4% to $8.5bn in September

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2021

Belarus' gold and foreign currency reserves totalled $8,459.9bn as of 1 October, 2021, according to the National Bank of the Republic of Belarus (NBRB) preliminary data, reports BelTA.

Inflation in Belarus at 1.3% in September

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2021

In September 2021 the index of consumer prices for goods and services totalled 101.3% as against August 2021 and 107.5% as against December 2020, according to the National Statistics Committee of Belarus.

Poland extends state of emergency on border with Belarus until end of November

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw October 1, 2021

Government weaponises refugees as threat to Poles, while opposition accuses it of violating international law by not allowing them to file for protection.

Belarusian KGB officer killed in shootout with protester

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2021

A Belarusian KGB officer was killed in a Minsk shootout during an attempt to arrest US citizen Andrei Zeltser for protesting on September 28.

bneGREEN: Green Deal, CBAM poses high risks to poorer African, Eastern European countries

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 23, 2021

The EU’s Green Deal and Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism will hit the EU’s trading partners in Africa and non-EU Eastern Europe particularly hard.

Russian Softline pursues international expansion in Baltic states, Belarus, Egypt

East West Digital News in Moscow September 23, 2021

Softline, an international solution and service provider with Russian roots, is pursuing its international expansion with two deals announced this month.

Belarusian opposition leaders Maria Kolesnikova and Maksim Znak were sentenced to over a decade in jail

bne IntelliNews September 7, 2021

Belarusian opposition leaders Maria Kolesnikova, who campaigned with Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in last year’s presidential election, and lawyer Maksim Znak were sentenced to 11 year and 10 years respectively for allegedly plotting a coup.