Bulgaria had EU's biggest population slump in pandemic year 2021

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2023

EU regions with the steepest population loss were all in Bulgaria, led by Vidin with a loss of 25.7 per 1,000 people.

New Slovak government wins confidence vote

Albin Sybera November 21, 2023

Both the Smer and Hlas parties have been suspended from the Party of European Socialists grouping for their collaboration with the far right SNS.

INTERVIEW: Green transition must be a just transition, says EBRD chief economist

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 21, 2023

EBRD research shows majority in transition countries believe climate change will severely affect the children of today, but fewer people are willing to pay to address the climate emergency.

Slovak premier says he is suspending communication with liberal media

Albin Sybera November 21, 2023

Fico accuses main commercial broadcaster and key dailies and news site of lying about his new government.

INTERVIEW: Andrew Michta, director of the Scowcroft Strategy Initiative

Robert Anderson in Bucharest November 14, 2023

“If we find ourselves in a situation where Ukraine is cut off financially and runs out of resources, if we force Ukraine into some sort of frozen conflict or armistice, that is a victory for Putin.”

ING: Car market full speed ahead in the run up to 2024

Oleksiy Soroka a senior high yield credit research analyst at ING. November 14, 2023

The auto sector maintained momentum throughout 2023, which pushes sales an expected 8% higher. We think that order books and underlying demand will still bring positive developments next year, too.

Incoming Slovak government suspends press passes of liberal media

Albin Sybera November 14, 2023

President criticises the sowing of division in society by branding media as “enemy ones” or “friendly ones”.

New Slovak cabinet axes latest military aid package for Ukraine

bne IntelliNews November 9, 2023

The new Slovak populist cabinet of Robert Fico has axed the latest round of the military aid package prepared by their predecessor technocratic cabinet of Ludovit Odor.

Cleaner air is accelerating global warming

Ben Aris in Berlin November 8, 2023

The reduction in atmospheric pollution, often associated with burning coal, oil, and fossil fuels, has led to clearer skies and that means more sunshine, which paradoxically is actually exacerbating global warming, not preventing it.

Czechia in last place as rest of the EU starts to recover

Ben Aris in Berlin November 7, 2023

Czechia is the only EU economy not to have recovered its pre-pandemic level of GDP as its economy teeters on the edge of another recession.

New Slovak premier says he won’t prevent commercial arms exports to Ukraine

Albin Sybera November 7, 2023

Robert Fico has said his policy towards Russia and Ukraine will be driven by Slovak national interests. He is therefore backing Slovak commercial exports to Ukraine.

Businesses increasingly concerned over geopolitical and economic risks to the global economy, says Oxford Economics

Ben Aris in Berlin November 7, 2023

Businesses are increasingly concerned over geopolitical and economic risks to the global economy, according to Oxford Economics’ latest Global Risk Survey released on November 6.

NEMETHY: Is the global economy reaching a tipping point?

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors November 5, 2023

The US economy is powering forward with almost 5% GDP growth as per the last measured quarter. Global GDP growth is in the range of 3%. This article will explore whether we are reaching (or have already passed) a tipping point.

Slovakia’s new populist cabinet to boost border guard against refugees

Albin Sybera in Brno October 31, 2023

Prime Minister Robert Fico says government considering strengthening the police forces on the border with the army.

Fico tells EU summit he opposes military aid for Ukraine

Albin Sybera October 27, 2023

New Slovak premier also expressed scepticism about increased economic aid for Ukraine, warning about corruption.

Slovaks question support for Ukraine as fatigue grows

Albin Sybera in Bratislava October 26, 2023

Robert Fico’s victorious Smer party questions aid for refugees and pledges “not a single round” of bullets for Ukraine.

Major companies seek COP28 deal on quitting fossil fuels

Roberta Harrington in Los Angeles October 26, 2023

More than 130 companies – including Bayer, eBay, Heineken, IKEA, Nestle, Mahindra Group and Volvo – are calling for a timeline for the phase-out of unabated fossil fuels.

Slovak president to appoint Fico’s cabinet

Albin Sybera October 25, 2023

Populist leader could attend the upcoming EU leaders' summit at the end of this week as the country’s new prime minister.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Cold shower for Orban

Robert Anderson in Prague October 23, 2023

The Polish election result leaves the Hungarian strongman looking even more isolated in the European Union as the only truly committed opponent of Brussels, as well as the only ally of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin in the bloc.

Slovak president rejects nomination of climate change denier as environment minister

Albin Sybera October 20, 2023

President Caputova rejects incoming populist government's nomination of Rudolf Huliak for being against country's environmental targets and obligations.