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Poland renews license for US-owned broadcaster TVN24

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 23, 2021

But the regulator also asked the Constitutional Tribunal to check if the current licensing rules are in line with Poland’s constitutional order.

European Commission refuses Czech request to delay PM's conflict of interest case till after the election

bne IntelliNews September 22, 2021

The European Commission is currently not reimbursing the Czech state for subsidies given to Agrofert and has threatened to stop reimbursing Czech spending on wider EU subsidies until the government clarifies its policy.

Polish government outraged by CJEU fine over lignite mine

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 22, 2021

Poland fined €500,000 per day for failing to abide by order to halt the Turow lignite mine’s operations immediately.

Hungary’s Monetary Council decides to slow the pace of tightening cycle

bne IntelliNews September 22, 2021

Rate-setters raised the central bank’s base rate by 15 basis points to 1.65%, below the 20-30bp hike expected by analysts.

Car production in Czechia falls by 39% during summer

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2021

Both car producers Skoda Auto and Toyota had to extend their traditional summer shutdowns due to lack of chips.

Hungarian opposition accuses Fidesz of sabotaging first round of primary election

bne IntelliNews September 20, 2021

IT experts confirmed that it was not simply an overload but a targeted attack, organisers said.

PM Viktor Orban’s friend granted casino license for 35 years in secret

bne IntelliNews September 9, 2021

Opposition pledges to challenge lengthy contracts and licences handed out to regime's favourite oligarchs.

Commission moves to impose financial penalties on Poland over changes to Supreme Court

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 8, 2021

Decision elevates the long-lasting spat between Poland and Brussels over Warsaw’s judiciary reforms to a new height.

Hungarian central bank sees little chance of government slashing 5.9% deficit target despite stellar growth

bne IntelliNews September 6, 2021

MNB expects the government to use additional proceeds from better-than-expected growth to boost expenditures this year ahead of election.

Poland declares state of emergency along border with Belarus to stem migration

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 2, 2021

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda declared a state of emergency along the border with Belarus on September 2 in an attempt at stemming illegal migration from Belarus.

Industry and services drive Hungary's GDP back to pre-crisis levels in Q2

bne IntelliNews September 2, 2021

Analysts are expecting Hungary’s economy to post a record 7% FY growth or even higher as the main drivers of growth are expected to remain strong.

Estonian president-elect says will try to talk to all of country's political forces

bne IntelliNews September 1, 2021

Alar Karis was elected as president at the second attempt as the only candidate on the ballot.

Hungary and Russia reach long-term gas supply agreement

bne IntelliNews August 31, 2021

The agreement, to be signed at the end of September and coming into force from October 1, will be in force for 10+5 years.

Karis is the only candidate on Estonian presidential ballot

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2021

Centre-right coalition nominates director of the Estonian National Museum after tiring of liberal President Kersti Kaljulaid's outspoken comments.

Polish government still undecided over restrictions to curb fourth wave of pandemic

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2021

The government is facing the necessity of introducing curbs in regions with the lowest ratio of inoculations, which are also its electoral strongholds.

New infections on the rise in Hungary but government is not planning restrictions

bne IntelliNews August 26, 2021

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has made a desperate call for people to get vaccinated in an email message sent to millions of Hungarians.

Czech president claims he and his advisors were wiretapped by counterintelligence services

bne IntelliNews August 24, 2021

Zeman reportedly made sacking of BIS chief a condition for continuing to give Babis his support during upcoming general election.

Slovak investor Krupa found guilty by US court of harassing Czech billionaire Bakala

bne IntelliNews August 20, 2021

Controversial Slovak activist investor hired demonstrators by Crowds on Demand presenting themselves as civic activists fighting to 'defend the Czech OKD miners'.

Central European economies bounce back from the pandemic

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2021

Poland, Hungary and Slovakia have already surpassed their end 2019 GDP levels.

Czech president blasts Nato as government comes under fire over evacuations from Afghanistan

bne IntelliNews August 18, 2021

Milos Zeman calls on the country to focus on national defence rather than "wasting money" on the military alliance.