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EU neighbours push for Bosnia to get candidate status

bne IntelliNews June 20, 2022

Croatia and Slovenia want Bosnia to be given candidate status along with Ukraine at this week’s EU Council meeting.

Hungary’s EU ambassador steps down two weeks after blocking the extension of sanctions to Patriarch Kirill

bne IntelliNews June 20, 2022

Hungary’s permanent representative to the EU, Tibor Stelbaczky, has reportedly stepped down from his post. The Hungarian Embassy in Brussels refused to confirm or deny the report.

Czechia to appeal €625mn international arbitration award over cancelled blood plasma contract

bne IntelliNews June 17, 2022

Diag Human wins investment protection treaty claim in 30-year-old case.

Ukraine set to dominate Czech EU presidency

bne IntelliNews June 16, 2022

Government presents five key priorities for its rotating presidency of the EU, which begins on July 1.

Nordic banks hit by new money laundering scandal in the Baltic states

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius June 14, 2022

Baltic branches of Nordic bank Nordea and Norway's DNB bank, as well as Luminor Bank, acted as conduits for alleged money laundering.

Estonian coalition negotiations to start between Reform, Isamaa and the Social Democrats

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius June 13, 2022

Rightwing Ismaa party signals that it willl join negotiations being led by Reform, rather than those launched by the Centre Party.

Hungary launches probe against Ryanair after airline says it will pass on windfall tax

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2022

Ryanair says 'ill-timed and ill-considered tax has made Hungary instantly uncompetitive and less attractive to airlines and tourists'.

Mystery aircraft crosses four Southeast European states

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 9, 2022

Unidentified aircraft ignored radio contact on route across Hungary, Romania and Serbia before landing in Bulgaria, where an investigation is underway.

Czech president appoints more dovish central bank board members

bne IntelliNews June 9, 2022

Zeman appoints three new board members – replacing two that could have been reappointed – transforming the balance of central bank.

Czech authorities tighten rules for Ukrainian refugees

bne IntelliNews June 5, 2022

The Czech Republic is starting to show strains over how to cope with the slowing but continued influx of Ukrainian refugees into the country.

Estonia’s PM kicks Centre party out of governing coalition

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius June 3, 2022

Kallas proposes to form a new government with the Isamaa party and Social Democrats.

EU agrees to delist Russian orthodox leader from sanctions list after Hungarian pressure

bne IntelliNews June 3, 2022

The EU’s sixth sanction package against Russia can finally come into force, a month after it was first proposed.

Orban wants Russian Patriach removed from EU's sanctions list

bne IntelliNews June 2, 2022

Hungary has continued to block approval of the sixth package of sanctions against Russia, this time over the inclusion of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill.

Brussels to release recovery fund cash for Poland despite doubts over rule of law reform

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw June 2, 2022

Poland has reformed disciplinary regime for judges to meet EU concerns over their impact on the rule of law, but still has to reappoint sacked judges and prove new system will not be politicised.

Belarus drastically eases entry restrictions for foreigners

bne IntelliNews June 1, 2022

Belarus drastically eases entry restrictions for foreigners in an attempt to bolster tourism revenues. Apart from more people from neighbouring countries coming to visit friends and family, the Belarus' international isolation continues to increase.

New CEO of PPF calls off takeover of Moneta Money Bank

bne IntelliNews June 1, 2022

The takeover would have created a group with a total of around 2.5 million customers in a country of 10.7 million people, putting it in third place in terms of customers.

Slovenia’s new government to realign foreign policy with core EU countries

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 31, 2022

After outgoing PM Janez Jansa's spats with Brussels, new centre-left government plans to shift away from Visegrad Group and strengthen relations with the "Germany-France-Italy axis".

Hungary receives exemption from EU oil embargo

bne IntelliNews May 31, 2022

EU leaders have reached a compromise deal to ban Russian oil exports to the block's countries, putting maximum pressure on Russia to end its war against Ukraine, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, announced in the early hours of May 3

Geopolitics suspected behind Budapest pulling out of race to host ice hockey tournament without Russia

bne IntelliNews May 30, 2022

Finland and Latvia will host the 2023 Ice Hockey World Championships after Slovenia and Hungary withdrew their joint candidacy.

Poland passes key change to release EU funds held up in rule of law spat

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 27, 2022

Parliament approves proposal by President Andrzej Duda that dismantles the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court.