Ukraine Reconstruction Conference launches new platform to rebuild the war-torn country

bne IntelliNews July 5, 2022

Politicians and top private sector leaders met in Switzerland on July 4 to discuss ways to create a new platform that would amount to a “Marshall Plan” for Ukraine’s reconstruction.

Lukashenko ramps up war rhetoric – but Ukrainian officials see no invasion threat for now

bne IntelliNews July 5, 2022

Lukashenko’s speeches and actions of the last 2 weeks have shown his “unwavering” support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. While Ukrainian officials don’t see any immediate invasion threat from Belarus, Ukrainian forces stand prepared.

Fellow Central Asian leaders back Uzbekistan's Mirziyoyev over actions in Karakalpakstan

bne IntelliNews July 4, 2022

The events in Uzbekistan's Karakalpakstan follow violent unrest in other authoritarian Central Asian states, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, earlier this year.

North Macedonia protests against deal with Bulgaria enter third day

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 4, 2022

Deal will unblock North Macedonia’s EU path, but opponents say it goes too far in appeasing Bulgaria.

Poland buys 32 helicopters from Italian producer Leonardo

bne IntelliNews July 4, 2022

The €1.76bn deal is part of a raft of purchases from Western arms companies by countries on Nato's Eastern Flank.

Opposition fury at Albanian government plan to legalise medical cannabis

bne IntelliNews July 4, 2022

The Albanian government has put forward a draft law on legalising medical cannabis, amid struggles to bring illegal drug cultivation under control.

Citigroup in advanced talks to sell Russian assets

bne IntelliNews July 4, 2022

Russian private lender Expobank reported to be in pole position for cut-price acquisition.

Tensions rise in Montenegro over planned agreement with Serbian Orthodox Church

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 3, 2022

Agreement is intended to ease relations with the Serbian Orthodox Church, but sparked protest in Podgorica.

Mass protest in Skopje against proposed deal to unlock North Macedonia's EU accession process

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje July 3, 2022

Tens of thousands people took to the streets to protest against the French proposal to end a dispute with Bulgaria that has stalled North Macedonia's EU accession process.

Uzbek President Mirziyoyev backs down in face of protest, cancels Karakalpakstan constitutional status change

Ben Aris in Berlin July 3, 2022

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev backed down on July 3 and cancelled a plan to remove Karakalpakstan's autonomy from the constitution in the face of massive protests that were rapidly turning violent.

Uzbekistan declares state of emergency in Karakalpakstan over Nukus protests

bne IntelliNews July 3, 2022

The authorities in Uzbekistan have declared a state of emergency in the autonomous Karakalpakstan region following violent protests over proposed changes to the constitution.

Snake Island liberated, but Moscow accuses Ukraine of spreading fake news

Social media correspondent Dominic Culverwell July 2, 2022

Ukraine has reclaimed the famed Snake Island in the Black Sea, but the battle continues in the information sphere as Russia accuses Kyiv of spreading disinformation about the island’s liberation.

Protesters march in Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan to defend right to secession

bne IntelliNews July 2, 2022

Rare show of public dissent prompted by Uzbekistan’s ongoing constitutional reforms.

New Putin decree could force foreign stakeholders out of Sakhalin-2 gas project

Ben Aris in Berlin July 1, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree that will transfer all rights and obligations of the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project to a new Russian entity, in effect giving the Kremlin the power to nationalise foreigners' stakes.

CJEU finds Lithuania’s migrant policies violate EU law

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius July 1, 2022

Laws that prevent irregular migrants from applying for asylum and put them in automatic detention are contrary to European directives, rules European Court of Justice.

Volvo to build €1.2bn new assembly plant for electric cars in Slovakia

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2022

Slovakia – already the world's largest car manufacturer per capita – wins a fifth big car plant.

Russia threatens to sever diplomatic relations with Bulgaria over diplomat expulsions

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 1, 2022

Russian ambassador in Sofia says that Moscow may cut diplomatic ties with Nato member Bulgaria after Sofia rejected ultimatum to cancel expulsion of 70 diplomats.

Poland’s tweaks to judiciary reforms do not yet meet EU criteria, says Jourova

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 1, 2022

Poland has not yet met the milestones set by the Commission in order to receive €36bn in grants and loans from the EU’s pandemic recovery fund, says Commission vice-president.

Slovak government approves €1.6bn purchase of armoured vehicles from Sweden

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2022

The need for modern infantry fighting vehicles has become even more pressing since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Macron says compromise found for Sofia-Skopje dispute

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 30, 2022

North Macedonia urged to accept French proposal that would unlock its EU accession progress and that of neighbouring Albania.