On October 13, on either side of the Tatras mountains, “illiberal democrats” faced their latest litmus tests. The ruling parties of PiS and Fidesz retain their grip on power, but in both countries foreign investors don't seem to care
The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, took an unexpected decision of nominating Hungarian Laszlo Trocsanyi as commissioner for expansion as Hungary increases its influence in the region
Some American measures are raising hackles in Europe, militating against future coordinated action.
The attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure could turn out to be the oil industry’s 9/11. Reacting to the news, JP Morgan said: “Clearly oil assets have been massively mispriced. The assumption that production facilities are secure is wrong."
Industrial output fell by 6.4% y/y in June after over 3% growth in previous months. Though subject to calendar effects and other one-off factors, the weaker result also underlines that Czech industry is not immune to the German industrial slowdown.