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OUTLOOK: 2022 Slovenia

bne IntelliNews January 3, 2022

Prime Minister Janez Jansa's rightwing government faces an opposition determined to unseat him in the spring general election.

DEATH OF THE SOVIET UNION: The borders drawn in the 1920s are serving Russia well in the 2020s

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 17, 2021

Frozen conflicts along contested borders in the former Soviet space have created levers for Russian influence.

DEATH OF THE USSR: Remembering Moldova's children of the Gulag

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 13, 2021

An exhibition at the National Museum of History of Moldova tells the story of the tens of thousands of children deported from the Moldovan SSR.

Back to rail at the start of the Western Balkans’ green transition

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow December 13, 2021

The Western Balkans states are looking anew at long-neglected rail networks as they embark on the green transition. The EIB’s Matteo Rivellini outlines efforts to develop rail in the region.

Gap between Tether/TRY and USD/TRY pairs widening as Turkey intervenes in interbank market

Akin Nazli in Belgrade December 10, 2021

Critics say the discourse the Erdogan regime is coming up with to explain anomalies in the market is becoming more and more hilarious.

North Macedonia a critical part of Instadose’s plans to become world’s largest medical cannabis supplier

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje December 10, 2021

Instadose imports cannabis from Africa to North Macedonia for processing, citing its favourable business climate and geographic location to supply the EU.

DEATH OF THE SOVIET UNION: Widespread nostalgia but no going back

bne IntelliNews December 10, 2021

Many older citizens across the former Soviet Union look back nostalgically to the ‘golden age’ before the transition but few genuinely want a return to socialism.

New American company seeks to realise Trans-Caspian pipe dream

David O'Byrne for Eurasianet December 3, 2021

The new proposal’s modest scope, and new diplomatic developments, could finally make the pipeline feasible.

World headlines on bewildering collapse of lira overshadow Turkey’s announcement of 7.4% growth in 3Q

bne IntelIiNews November 30, 2021

International press increasingly referring to the “Erdogan currency crisis”. “Our money has no value”, Turks complain to New York Times.

DATACRUNCH: Croatia’s post-crisis rebound goes beyond tourism

Clare Nuttall in Zagreb and Glasgow November 30, 2021

Croatia is rebounding from the deep hit to the economy last year with a broad-based recovery, but reforms are needed for the country to build on this and take advantage of inflows of EU funds.

LONG READ: East Europe fares better than West in gas crisis thanks to pricing terms

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2021

Europe has made a concerted push to end long-term contracts and switch to shorter-term gas hub prices. Countries in northern Europe that made that change have been burnt by the current gas price spike but those in the south that didn't fared better.

Montenegro’s dysfunctional ruling coalition limps on

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 26, 2021

Keeping President Djukanovic’s DPS out of power has proved a strong glue holding the coalition together, but rifts among its members have stalled Montenegro’s progress towards EU accession.

LONG READ: Russia looks poised to invade Ukraine, but what would an invasion actually look like?

Gav Don in Edinburgh November 24, 2021

Tensions are high and there is talk of a possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia. But what would that actually look like? How much destruction would it cause and how many people would die?

Opposition leader describes Erdogan as ‘national security problem’ as stunning collapse of lira shocks Turks

bne IntelIiNews November 24, 2021

Calls for early elections mount as panicked workers start converting salaries into hard currency as soon as they are paid.

‘Titanic’ Turkey’s ‘insane’ policy settings rip hole in side of lira

bne IntelIiNews November 23, 2021

Tirade from Erdogan in which he declared “economic war of independence” appears to have accelerated sinking of the ship.

Greece goes shopping for new defence relationships

Gav Don November 21, 2021

Greece is building new defence relationships with Israel, Egypt, France and the US.

Worsening of Turkey’s crisis ‘could spread contagion’

bne IntelIiNews November 19, 2021

Impact versus country’s 2018 balance of payments crunch might be less as EM currencies generally don’t look like they’re in need of significant adjustment, while foreign investors have pared back exposure to Turkey, Capital Economics assesses.

Turkey ‘firmly in crisis territory’ after latest rate cut says Capital Economics

bne IntelIiNews November 18, 2021

Warns lira threatens to burst through 13/$ in coming days. One analyst calls move “literally insane”. Opposition calls for early elections.

Digital divide adds to multi-speed recovery from coronavirus finds EBRD

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 13, 2021

New EBRD Transition Report warns there is a widening gap between economies that have stepped up their use of online and digital services and those that have fallen further behind.

Bulgaria's latest election set to deliver another fragmented parliament

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 11, 2021

While President Radev cruises towards re-election, polls indicate Sunday’s snap general election will once again fail to deliver a majority.