All to play for in Russian-Chinese backyard

bne IntelIiNews March 21, 2023

Russia and China will struggle for common policy on possible Russian soft underbelly Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, the vital Europe/Asia Caucasus crossroads, the Baltics, CEE and SEE.

Djukanovic risks second-round defeat in Montenegro’s presidential election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 19, 2023

Milo Djukanovic led the first round of the election, but faces a credible threat from newcomer Jakov Milatovic in the runoff.

A fresh face and dirty games in Montenegro’s presidential election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 16, 2023

Longstanding ruler Milo Djukanovic is fighting off challenges from newcomer Europe Now’s candidate Jakov Milatovic and pro-Russian Andrija Mandic.

Montenegro’s annual inflation slows to 15.1% in February

bne IntelliNews March 15, 2023

23.8% y/y rise in food prices is main driver behind annual hike in consumer prices.

Has Southeast Europe come of age as an investment destination?

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 15, 2023

The Western Balkan countries are following the path established by Central Europe that emerged as a prominent manufacturing and services hub early in the transition period.

Russian interference expected ahead of Montenegro’s presidential election

bne IntelliNews March 2, 2023

Moscow has a history of interference in Montenegro, where rightwing pro-Russian candidate Andrija Mandic is trying to unseat incumbent President Milo Djukanovic.

Montenegro’s opposition Europe Now picks new challenger to incumbent President Djukanovic

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 24, 2023

Europe Now puts forward deputy leader Jakov Milatovic in bid to end Milo Djukanovic’s three-decade dominance of Montenegrin politics.

Russia’s slide towards dictatorship drags down global democracy index

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 23, 2023

Invasion of Ukraine "accompanied by all-out repression and censorship at home", says EIU, presenting latest Democracy Index.

Popular candidate Spajic ruled out of Montenegrin presidential race

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia February 20, 2023

Europe Now leader Milojko Spajic, seen as a threat to incumbent President Milo Djukanovic, was blocked from standing as he has dual citizenship.

Rising EM debt and geopolitical tensions hurt China's BRI ambitions in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 16, 2023

Faced with governments struggling with high debt burdens in South Asia and Africa, and growing regulatory caution in Europe, China is increasing its focus on Central Asia, Fitch analysts said.

More gloom ahead as EBRD cuts 2023 growth forecasts

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2023

The EBRD lowered its forecasts for more than half its 36 countries of operation, anticipating average growth of just 2.1% this year.

Fans banned from Sheriff-Partizan match in Chisinau over coup plot fears

bne IntelliNews February 14, 2023

UEFA Europa Conference League match to take place days after Moldovan President Maia Sandu revealed Russian plans to destabilise the country.

IMF: Charting globalization’s turn to 'slowbalization' after world financial crisis

Jeff Kearns of the IMF February 9, 2023

The free flow of ideas, people, goods, services, and capital across national borders leads to greater economic integration. But globalization, the trend toward these things moving ever more freely between nations, has slowed in recent years.

CEE management schools shrug off threat of distance-learning programmes

Kester Eddy in Budapest February 9, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed CEE students towards Western online MBA courses, but they are now returning to face-to-face studies, say the region's business school heads.

COMMENT: The new Cold War will be different, and not only because of China

Peter Szopo February 6, 2023

Mercantilism is also replacing globalisation, and the US has a declining interest in European affairs.

INTERVIEW: Helen Rodwell, head of CMS’ corporate practice in CEE

Robert Anderson in Prague February 4, 2023

Dealmaking in Central Europe is set to rebound, says law firm's long-standing Prague managing partner, as new kinds of investor move into the region.

Geopolitics overshadows Western Balkan nearshoring ambitions

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 1, 2023

Friendshoring has replaced nearshoring after the invasion of Ukraine, benefiting Western-aligned states but causing a shift away from Serbia.

Only Hungary and Russia heading for recession in 2023 as Emerging Europe shows its resilience

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 1, 2023

wiiw believes that most countries of the region have “probably already digested” most of the economic shock caused by the Ukraine war, provided Russia does not escalate the conflict further.

Montenegro launches cryptocurrency pilot project with US Ripple

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2023

Montenegro does not have its own currency and has been using the euro since 2006 when it peacefully seceded from its loose union with Serbia.

M&A in Emerging Europe fell by 20% to €32.93bn in 2022

bne IntelliNews January 30, 2023

The weak macroeconomic backdrop and the spectre of possible recession are likely to stifle M&A in the coming months, according to the annual CMS/Emis Emerging Europe M&A Report.