Ukraine faces one of worst declines in GDP from a war, says EBRD

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

The contraction in Ukraine’s GDP will be among the worst 10-20% of those in conflicts in the last 200 years, the development bank predicts in its 2022/23 Transition Report.

EBRD warns of risk of 'zombification'

Robert Anderson in London November 22, 2022

Development bank recommends countries should now gradually dial down help to vulnerable companies, so they can either learn to adapt to the new climate of higher interest rates or exit the market by going into insolvency.

Czech premier to attend V4 meeting despite boycott of Hungary by parliamentary leaders

Albin Sybera November 21, 2022

Contrasting stances demonstrate differences within Czechia on how to respond to Budapest's collaboration with Moscow.

Slovakia’s public broadcaster's news chiefs dismissed after airing one-hour long opposition speech

Albin Sybera November 21, 2022

News channel's director live streamed Robert Fico's speech to party meeting on public holiday without informing broadcaster's director-general.

Private equity poised for growth surge in CEE despite macro and geopolitical crises

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 16, 2022

Fund managers surveyed by Bain & Company point to region’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals and catch-up potential.

NEMETHY: The cure for high prices is – high prices

Les Nemethy CEO and founder of Euro-Phoenix Financial Advisors November 15, 2022

Prices are important economic signals. High prices – whether for energy foodstuffs, etc., are signals to the world to (a) supply more; (b) substitute; or (c) conserve. But how do you bring inflation down?

Slovakia's InoBat plans electric vehicle battery factory in Serbia

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2022

New gigafactory to help to meet the growing demand for electric car batteries in Europe.

bneGREEN: REPowerEU rules still leave loopholes for gas investment

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh November 11, 2022

The European Parliament has approved temporary emergency regulations to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy across the EU, but gas investment is still allowed

CONFERENCE CALL: Central Europe's populists follow the Putin playbook to control the media

Robert Anderson in Prague November 11, 2022

Ruling parties are turning state broadcasters into propaganda mouthpieces, spreading disinformation, and using friendly private or state-owned companies to build sycophantic media empires.

Slovak customs authorities reportedly allowed dual-use exports to Russia

Albin Sybera November 8, 2022

Foreign affairs committee chief says “Slovakia is a security hole”.