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Boom gone sour: Are Turkish companies selling on the cheap?

Akin Nazli in Belgrade January 17, 2019

South Korean deal for Belenco has deal analysts doing their sums. Among companies up for sale are enterprises seized by the state from a detained televangelist known for his female devotee “kittens”.

The revival of Russia’s cinema industry

Ben Aris in Moscow January 17, 2019

Russia’s cinema business is growing three times faster than the real economy, but it's a bumpy ride. In 2018 Russian movie-goers set a new record with 56mn visits to a cinema to generate a box office take of $200mn.

INTERVIEW: Uzbekneftegaz remaking Uzbekistan’s energy sector

Ben Aris in Berlin January 17, 2019

bne IntelliNews put some questions to Ulugbek Sayidov, first deputy chairman of the board of Uzbekistan’s national oil company Uzbekneftegaz, on prospects for the development of the country’s energy sector, during the Uzbek-German summit in Berlin.

Frontier investment funds are moving into Uzbekistan

Mark van Loon in London January 16, 2019

It was only a matter of time before attention of frontier market investors turned towards Uzbekistan. The first two funds are being set up targeting both public markets and private equity strategies.

HEATMAP: bne IntelliNews Despair index

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2019

Georgians ask 'why oligarch Ivanishvili's attacking TBC Bank’

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 16, 2019

Observers claim dispute with co-founder of lender relates to Anakli deep-water port investment, political game plans.

CEE monthly bond wrap: 2018 bond markets hurt by crisis and sanctions

Ben Aris in Berlin January 15, 2019

International bond issues had a mediocre year in Central and Eastern Europe in 2018. While Central Europe more or less held its own, bond issues in CIS were halved in both volume and size.

Uzbekistan takes the UzRoadShow to Berlin

Ben Aris in Berlin January 15, 2019

A hermit state no more, Central Asia’s most populous nation is taking a second bite at the foreign investment cherry. There is huge interest.

Jokers in the political pack

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 13, 2019

Disillusioned with the establishment, voters have welcomed the entry of satirists and comedians to the political fray — but can they offer a concrete policy alternative?

Tackling infrastructure gaps to lift Albania’s economy

Clare Nuttall in Tirana January 10, 2019

Albania has a pressing need to invest into infrastructure across the board, from transport to energy to municipal infrastructure, but renewable energy is already a done deal

OUTLOOK 2019 Mongolia

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2019

PM who says he escaped an attempt by Mongolia’s “30 families”, or “the fog”, to topple him paying for survival by juggling various groups’ interests.

Which Russian investments paid out the most in 2018?

Ben Aris in Berlin January 9, 2019

Russian daily Vedomosti calculated which investments paid out the most in 2018 and the winner was the stocks and bonds of Russian conglomerate AFK Sistema that returned 128% and 55% respectively

HEATMAPS: Unemployment is mostly defeated but pay is not high enough

Ben Aris in Berlin January 9, 2019

Transition from the socialist system came at an enormous cost for most of the countries in Central and Eastern Europe in terms of unemployment and poverty, but now the fight against unemployment is almost won.

Football in a time of war

Robert O'Connor in Kyiv January 7, 2019

When Shakhtar Donetsk’s Champions League decider against the French football club from Lyon was re-located from Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine to the country’s capital Kyiv at barely a week’s notice, there was exasperation in the city but little surprise

HEATMAPS: Inflation is defeated but the "Never Never index" still too high

Ben Aris in Berlin January 7, 2019

Sky high inflation has been the bane of emerging Europe for most of the last two and a half decades. The beast has been slain in most countries of the region, but the battle continues in others.

OUTLOOK 2019 Iran

bne IntelliNews January 4, 2019

The Islamic Republic’s fate is wrapped up in that of Donald Trump. The US president’s plan to throttle Iran’s economy may hinge on his success or otherwise in retaining his ability to project his power at home and abroad.

OUTLOOK 2019 Turkey

bne IntelliNews January 2, 2019

Not too long ago the talk was of Turkey soon becoming a trillion-dollar economy. But the country is now mired in economic turmoil and there’s no guarantee of a V-shaped recovery.

OUTLOOK 2019 Tajikistan

bne IntelliNews December 29, 2018

As Emomali Rahmon attempts to establish dynasty, ailing banking sector, restive region and search for capital trouble poor nation.

OUTLOOK 2019 Kyrgyzstan

bne IntelliNews December 27, 2018

All eyes in Kyrgyz Republic on where gripping power struggle between President Jeenbekov and predecessor Atambayev goes from here.

OUTLOOK 2019 Turkmenistan

bne IntelliNews December 23, 2018

Turkmenistan remains an economic basket case but in Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at least its people have a president who regularly takes to the stage for a sing-song to cheer them up.

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