Slovenia

Central Europe’s retail boom comes crashing to an end

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 6, 2020

Years of consumption-fuelled growth have left Central European states with large retail sectors that are now facing a coronavirus-related slump. It’s set to get even worse once the initial urge to stockpile wears off.

Dramatic fall in pollution in European coronavirus hotspots but business as usual in the Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 31, 2020

Unlike coronavirus-stricken countries such as Italy, the pandemic has had little impact on air pollution levels in the Western Balkans.

Coronavirus threat pushes businesses online

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 30, 2020

From enabling their employees to work from home to offering new e-commerce services, companies in Central and Southeast Europe are moving their operations online in response to the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns.

THE MITTELEUROPEAN VIEW: Why it is exactly the right time to fully revive the Vienna Initiative 1.0

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna March 27, 2020

For the banking sectors in CEE, hypothetical stress scenarios are becoming reality. A forum like the Vienna Initiative could be an ideal place to find coherent solutions during the current crisis.

Small countries in Balkans and South Caucasus most exposed to tourism industry collapse

bne IntelliNews March 26, 2020

No one knows if there will be a summer tourism season at all in 2020, which is bad news for the countries that generate around a quarter of their GDP from the sector.

Keep calm and carry crypto

Clare Nuttall in Ljubljana March 23, 2020

Tech startup Eligma has already popularised cryptocurrency payments in Slovenia. Now the company is keeping its operations going to enable contactless payments for groceries and other essentials.

Coronavirus crisis to widen rich/poor gap within Central and Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 19, 2020

Convergence to be reversed as the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic is set to be deeper and longer in the CIS, Ukraine, Turkey and the Western Balkans than in the EU member states of Central and Southeast Europe.

wiiw slashes 2020 growth forecast for CESEE to just 1.1%

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 17, 2020

Vienna-based think tank expects the coronavirus pandemic to result in the worst year for the region since the global financial crisis.

Slovenian GDP growth forecast for 2020 halved to 1.5%

bne IntelliNews March 12, 2020

Slovenian government-related institute IMAD has halved its GDP growth forecast for 2020 to 1.5% from 3% due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

CEE/CIS populations believe in gender equality in education but not in business or politics

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2020

More than 100 years since International Women’s Day was declared a national holiday in post-revolutionary Russia, a new survey from the UNDP reveals gender bias is still widespread across the region.

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