OUTLOOK 2019 Macedonia

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

The main event for Macedonia in 2019 will be the expected change of the country’s name to North Macedonia under the deal with Greece, a historic move that will put an end to a two decades long dispute and unblock the country’s Nato and EU perspective

OUTLOOK 2019 Montenegro

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

Montenegro’s politics remain turbulent. Since the October 2016 general election, most opposition parties have refused to join parliament sessions, claiming that the election result was not legitimate

OUTLOOK 2019 Belarus

bne IntelliNews December 21, 2018

In the placid pool of Belarusian domestic politics the only thing making any waves is the apparent effort by Russia to wean the republic off its de facto energy subsidy teat. Russia’s so-called tax manoeuvre will cost Minsk dearly

Castoff clothing a $770mn business in Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest and Tirana December 20, 2018

The CEE and Eurasia region accounts for around a quarter of the thriving $3bn global trade in secondhand clothing from western countries, but trade flows are being altered by rising incomes in the region and the falling quality of exports.

Security concerns surface as Russia digitises its economy

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow December 19, 2018

As Russia moves towards digitization, security concerns have arisen due to the failure of government agencies to foot the security bill in timely fashion.

Russia’s major corporates undergoing a digital transformation

bne IntelliNews December 18, 2018

Everyone is on board. Digitisation has been made a top priority of the government that has already transformed the tax service so that a cosmonaut paid his taxes from space last year. Russia's economy is going online.