Baltic States

M&A hits €8.5bn in CEE in Q1, says Mergermarket

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2021

Trend towards bigger deals and more fund investment continues, as deal value rises by half to give best Q1 since 2013.

wiiw raises 2021 CEE growth forecast to 3.8%

Robert Anderson in Prague April 16, 2021

But pandemic has delayed restart of convergence with Western Europe until 2023.

CEE reels as third wave of COVID-19 breaks

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic is sweeping through Emerging Europe. While Russia is expecting to reach herd immunity in the next two months, most other countries of the region have only just started their mass immunisation programmes.

IKEA’s New Europe Empire

bne IntelliNews April 3, 2021

Getting an IKEA store is a good guide to how developed a country is. And the Swedish furniture store has an uncanny knack for opening their yellow and blue stores exactly at the beginning of a country's rapid growth phase.

Mid Europa builds cross-Baltic e-shopping platform

bne IntelliNews April 1, 2021

Buyout group that owns Poland's Allegro agrees to acquire Pigu and merge it with Hobby Hall.

MITTELEUROPEAN INSIGHTS: Central and Southeastern Europe head for a V-shaped recovery

Gunter Deuber and Nicolae Covrig of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna and Bucharest March 19, 2021

The moderate GDP setbacks in 2020 imply that for some CEE countries there will not be such drastic recovery and rebound effects in 2021 as in hard-hit countries in Western Europe.

Rising inflation in Emerging Europe poses dilemma for central banks

bne IntelliNews March 17, 2021

With economies primed to rebound as pandemic restrictions are loosened, consumer prices could rise even further, reawakening an issue that has long been ignored.

Ukraine still importing power from Belarus, despite promise to break ties

Ben Aris in Belrin March 17, 2021

As the heating season is close to ending Ukraine is still importing large amounts of power from Belarus, despite a promise to break its connection to the Belarusian and Soviet era grid.

The female voice of change

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow March 8, 2021

Emerging Europe has a growing number of female politicians taking a stand against corruption and authoritarianism.

Did sanctions evading Iran put together fake Armenian airline to buy planes?

bne IntelIiNews March 4, 2021

Islamic Republic’s Caspian Airlines purchases Boeing 737 said to have arrived in Tehran in an emergency landing. Observers smell a rat.

Latvian oligarch Aivars Lembergs jailed for five years for financial crimes

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius February 25, 2021

Corrupt political kingpin finally goes to jail for bribery and money laundering after court battle lasting 12 years.

Emerging Europe strong on women’s economic opportunities but dragged down by low pensions

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow February 24, 2021

Different retirement ages for men and women lead to lower pensions for women despite reforms in 2019-2020, says World Bank report.

BALTIC BLOG: Estonia's Centre party looks set to maintain kingmaker role

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius February 18, 2021

Populist liberal leader Juri Ratas will try to plot a comeback from behind the scenes, analysts believe.

Abuse and hate speech against LGBTI people rises across Europe and Central Asia

bne IntelliNews February 18, 2021

Crackdown on democracy and civil society during pandemic accompanied by increase in hate speech by politicians finds ILGA-Europe report.

Ukraine and Lithuania imported record amounts of power from Belarus, but move to break ties with its power grid

Ben Aris in Berlin February 17, 2021

Ukraine imported a record amount of electricity from Belarus in 2020, as other neighbouring EU countries cut their ties with the Belarusian power grid.

Lithuanians worry about fallout from Belarus sanctions

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius January 28, 2021

The Baltic state's tough stance on sanctions against President Lukashenko could rebound on Klapeida port, which generates 6% of the country's GDP.

Estonia's two big parties agree on grand coalition

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius January 25, 2021

New government will be equally balanced between Reform and Centre, and by gender, and has many new faces.

VISEGRAD BLOG: Central Europe's populists need a new strategy for Biden

bne IntelliNews January 19, 2021

The incoming US president will be tougher on the erosion of democracy but also tougher on Russia.