COMMENT: Georgia drops out of the Trio – why did this happen?

Ghia Nodia in Tbilisi June 21, 2022

Georgia can become an EU candidate country, but not with Georgian Dream in power.

Macron wants ‘accelerated co-operation’ for Moldova as details of EU ‘political community’ proposal leak

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

On Ukraine's border and with part of its territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists, Moldova is hoping for a positive answer to its application for EU candidate status.

Georgia to take management control of struggling mineral water company Borjomi

Cavid Aga in Baku June 15, 2022

Sanctioned Alfa Group transfers 7.7% stake and control of famous drinks company to Georgian state.

Georgian government braces for blocking of EU candidacy

Cavid Aga in Baku June 13, 2022

Media reports at the weekend said that Georgia would not be given candidate status to start negotiations on EU accession at the June 23-24 EU summit.

The taming of Georgian culture: Film triumphs vex government

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet June 10, 2022

Georgian cinema has been enjoying a renaissance, becoming a darling of the international independent film world. But it’s also running into political problems at home.

EU’s credibility on the line over enlargement

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 26, 2022

Austria’s foreign minister calls enlargement the EU’s biggest geopolitical instrument – but will member states use it to encourage candidates and would-be candidates at the upcoming EU Council?

Iran the winner as Ukraine conflict repercussions divert European trade flows

bne IntelIiNews May 23, 2022

The importance of the International North-South Transportation Corridor, providing Indian Ocean access via the Iranian port of Chabahar, has soared.

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.

Critical TV director jailed in Georgia

Javid Agha in Baku May 17, 2022

Nika Gvaramia was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for causing damage to Rustavi-2 TV company while serving as director.

‘Market disruptor’ TBC UZ makes digital bank inroads in Uzbekistan

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent May 10, 2022

The fintech is reporting eyecatching market growth figures.

Georgians take up arms against Russia in Ukraine

Giorgi Lomsadze for Eurasianet May 10, 2022

Georgians make up the most prominent contingent of foreign fighters in Ukraine. At least nine have been killed.

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.

Tourism revenues in Georgia roughly half of pre-crisis level in 12 months to March

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest April 19, 2022

Georgia’s revenue from tourism reached $174.5mn in March, 71.3% of the figure recorded in March 2019.

EBRD slashes 2022 growth forecasts but only nations embroiled in war to enter recession

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2022

Ukraine's economy forecast to contract by 20% and projections worsen across emerging Europe — except for Eurasian oil and gas producers Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan.