Baltic States

More than a third of Bulgarians and Romanians at risk of poverty

bne IntelliNews October 16, 2018

Two Southeast European states have the highest risk of poverty and social inclusion among EU members, while the lowest risks are in the Czech Republic.

Romania ranked worst among EU countries on Social Progress Index

bne IntelliNews October 16, 2018

Romania’s low scores, in particular for water, sanitation and public health, reveal deficiencies in the distribution of economic growth and public spending, report's author says.

Belarus' new nuclear power plant will change the balance of energy in the Baltics

Ben Aris in Berlin October 12, 2018

Russia’s Atomstroyexport is close to completing Belarus’ controversial $11bn Astravets nuclear power plant that will change the energy security mix in the Baltic states.

Albania beats EU nations on renewable energy

bne IntelliNews October 10, 2018

Latvia has emerged as the continent’s biogas generation leader, Eurostat data show, while former laggard Hungary has boosted investment into renewables in recent years.

Pro-Russian party wins Latvia election but new government could be long in the making

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw October 8, 2018

Previously other parties have united to prevent Harmony forming a government but the fragmentation of the votes cast means coalition negotiations will be difficult.

Shake-up looming in Latvian election

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw October 5, 2018

Māris Kučinskis' patchwork coalition has never been a strong set-up and is now vulnerable to the rise of populist and anti-establishment KPV.

UK foreign secretary alienates CEE by likening EU to Soviet Union

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw October 2, 2018

Jeremy Hunt scores own goal as he angers politicians in countries that had been advocating a lenient approach to Brexit.

COMMENT: Delinking the Baltic electricity grid from Russia on Brussels’ dime

Richard Smith in London September 28, 2018

In Soviet times Lithuania's electric grid was integrated with those of neighbouring SSRs Belarus, Russia, Estonia, and Latvia, but now the small republic plans to delink its power grid ending the BRELL agreements and throw in its lot with the EU

THEATRE REVIEW: Homo Novus theatre festival urges the public to listen to nature

Vadim Dumesh in Riga September 28, 2018

Contemporary theatre festival Homo Novus in Riga grapples with nature-culture puzzle of the Anthropocene.

Slovenia leads CEE/SEE region in R&D spending

bne IntelliNews September 26, 2018

The tiny Adriatic nation's R&D spending is the highest in the region relative to the size of its economy, European Commission data shows.

Romania's VAT collection rate weakest among EU-28

bne IntelliNews September 25, 2018

Romania was the only EU member state to see VAT collection contract, despite a cut in its effective VAT rate.