COMMENT: Time to end Putin's impunity

Jeff Lovitt and Jan Piekło June 10, 2021

The price faced by Russia for aggression must be too high for the Kremlin to countenance, and this is the message that Biden should deliver to Putin – and act upon.

COMMENT: CEE national recovery and resilience plans – the focus, the gaps and what comes next

Otilia Dhand of Teneo June 10, 2021

Most CEE governments submitted their national plans after the deadline and two (Bulgaria and Estonia) are yet to finalise them.

bneGREEN: European Commission provides €1bn funding boost for 72 Green Deal research projects

Richard June 6, 2021

The European Commission has selected 72 research and innovation projects that will receive €1bn in funding to support the aims of the Green Deal.

Central Europe set for interest rate hikes, predicts Capital Economics

bne IntelliNews June 3, 2021

Central Europe is facing a prolonged period of higher inflation that is likely to lead to significant interest rate hikes.

Online fashion retailer Zalando launches platforms in Slovenia, Slovakia and Lithuania

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2021

Berlin-based retailer starts CEE expansion drive with plans to enter eight new markets by end-2022.

Slovak Agriculture Minister Micovsky resigns over suspicions of corruption at land fund

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2021

Seven officials from the Slovak Land Fund were detained by the National Crime Agency on May 19.

DATACRUNCH: the bne car ownership/age index

bne IntelliNews May 16, 2021

bne IntelliNews has introduced a new index, the bne Car Ownership/Age index (bneCOR), that cuts through the contradictions and paints a much clearer picture of just how far the middle class has come in each country.

Central Europe joins the EV revolution

bne IntelliNews May 10, 2021

Could electric cars and batteries generate the new high-tech sector the region so badly needs?

Willingness to be vaccinated rises sharply in Emerging Europe

Robert Anderson in Prague April 29, 2021

However, in most countries the numbers of those vaccinated or willing to be vaccinated are still less than 70%, with Southeast Europe closer to 40%.

Czechs to cut number of Russian diplomats in Prague to same as they have in Moscow

bne IntelliNews April 23, 2021

Prague expels 63 staff from Russian Embassy as tit-for-tat expulsions escalate.

Czechia and Slovakia recorded the highest excess mortality rates in the EU in February

bne IntelliNews April 21, 2021

Slovakia's death toll increased by 65% compared to the average level between 2016 and 2019, while Czechia posted a 40% growth in excess mortality amid severe wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

wiiw raises 2021 CEE growth forecast to 3.8%

Robert Anderson in Prague April 16, 2021

But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.

Russians request Slovakia to return Sputnik V vaccine after dispute over testing

bne IntelliNews April 9, 2021

Slovak tests found that the vaccine shipment differed from the doses sent for testing to the EMA and to The Lancet.

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

IKEA’s New Europe Empire

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

Getting an IKEA store is a good guide to how developed a country is. And the Swedish furniture store has an uncanny knack for opening their yellow and blue stores exactly at the beginning of a country's rapid growth phase.

Slovak coalition partners reshuffle cabinet to solve government crisis

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

Finance Minister Eduard Heger will become the new prime minister, while outgoing premier Igor Matovic will take his post.

Slovak president calls for PM to resign to end government crisis

bne IntelliNews March 24, 2021

So far four ministers have resigned in the rolling cabinet crisis and parliament has been adjourned amid the growing chaos.

Slovak Economy Minister resigns but coalition crisis rumbles on

bne IntelliNews March 23, 2021

SaS leader Richard Sulik says Prime Minister Igor Matovic must now fulfil his pledge to quit, but the two rivals still disagree about the balance of ministers in the cabinet.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Slovak political crisis threatens to derail reform drive

Robert Anderson in Prague March 21, 2021

The coalition infighting has demonstrated the weakness of the right and is a warning lesson for opposition parties in neighbouring countries.