COMMENT: Poland hosts fractious US-Israeli anti-Iran summit

Maxim Mikheev research associate at the Dialogue of Civilisations in Berlin February 16, 2019

On February 13-14, the “Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East” conference was held in Warsaw at the initiative of Poland and the United States, and gathered representatives from 62 countries.

Poland concedes setback in quest to stop Nord Stream 2

bne IntelliNews February 12, 2019

Warsaw's hopes of stopping the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline were dashed, as Germany and France pushed through a compromise wording of amendments to EU’s gas market rules that will result in the weakening of the bloc’s joint control.

Poland’s new “Spring” party hopes to end two-party stalemate

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw February 4, 2019

Robert Biedron, the openly gay Polish politician who became mayor of the seaside town of Slupsk, has challenged the political status quo by forming a new liberal-left party.

Polish economy grows 5.1% in 2018 but slowdown looming this year

bne IntelliNews February 1, 2019

The full year result beats the revised 4.8% growth recorded in 2017 and arrives on the back of healthy household consumption – an effect of a very tight labour market – and a recovery in investment.

HEATMAP: Russia and Ukraine battle it out for title of most corrupt country in Europe

Ben Aris in Berlin January 30, 2019

Russia recaptured the dubious title of “most corrupt country in Eastern Europe” after it slipped three places in this year’s Transparency International Corruption Perceptions index, falling to 138th place out of 180 countries.

Investors shrug off politics to boost deal value in emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 28, 2019

The value of M&A deals in the region soared by 20.1% in 2018, with investors largely ignoring populism and protests in Central and Southeast Europe, a CMS/EMIS report shows.

Russia drops two places on Bloomberg innovation ranking

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2019

Despite the hype surrounding the state digitisation programme, Russia fell to 27th place in the global innovative rankings produced by Bloomberg, but was still the third best in Emerging Europe.

Poland stuns Brussels with proposal to put time limit on Irish backstop

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 22, 2019

The Polish minister’s idea surprised Brussels as it is not in line with the EU’s position, although Warsaw under the Law and Justice government has long been at odds with EU over a number of issues.

Political fight to intensify in Poland in aftermath of mayor’s murder

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 21, 2019

As elections loom later this year, calls for the tragic death of Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz not to be politicised have fallen on deaf ears.

COMMENT: 2018 is over, the pivotal moment yet to come

chairman and chief investment officer of East Capital January 18, 2019

2018 is now behind us and it was a painful year for most investors around the world, across all asset classes. In USD terms, MSCI indices for frontier and emerging markets ended the year with a negative total return of 16.4% and 14.5%

Emerging markets portfolio flows deteriorated in 2018, most volatile year since 2010

Ben Aris in Berlin January 18, 2019

Last year was a rotten year for portfolio flows with multiple fickle factors driving outflows from the leading emerging markets. And the prospects for 2019 are, if anything, worse.