OUTLOOK 2022: Central Europe and the Baltic states

Robert Anderson in Prague January 17, 2022

Central Europe faces a critical year, with a key election in Hungary in April, while rumbling political instability in Poland and Slovakia could lead to early elections.

OUTLOOK: 2022 Bosnia & Herzegovina

bne IntelliNews January 17, 2022

Bosnia entered 2022 with a gloomy outlook but there are now hopes the departure of Bosnian Serbs from state institutions — a move that threatened to lead to the breakup of the country — could be averted.


Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw January 16, 2022

Poland is about to enter another election cycle amidst the apparently accelerating disintegration of the Law and Justice led government, which is fighting an increasing number of battles at home and abroad.

OUTLOOK: 2022 Uzbekistan

bne IntelIiNews January 15, 2022

Uzbekistan is taking its “opening up” policy to the next level. A wary eye will watch for more instability in both Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. Growth is bouncing back with the worst of the Covid crisis over.

Ukraine's Spell Chocolate sweetens market position with support from EBRD and Sweden

Anastasia Dolmatova in Kyiv for the EBRD January 14, 2022

A small shop of 30 square metres with two employees making sweet creations – these were the humble beginnings of Spell Chocolate in 2016 in Ukraine. Fast forward six years and Spell Chocolate is one of Ukraine's leading premium chocolate brands.

Perspectives | Why Uzbekistan does not fear a ‘Kazakh Winter’

Alisher Khamidov for Eurasianet January 14, 2022

Uzbek insiders think they can avoid Kazakh-style unrest, but they’re not taking any chances.

Turkey-Armenia talks seen as key to opening up regional transit links

Neil Hauer in Yerevan, Javid Agha in Baku January 13, 2022

Yerevan will not countenance the adoption by Ankara of any of Baku’s hardline demands as a necessity for any opening of the border.

Belarus in Focus releases its annual review of the political situation in 2021 and its forecasts for 2022

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2022

Main takeaways on Belarus role in European security, Belarus-Russian Relations, the regime’s stability, and civil society developments for 2022.

Gorbachev and the verbal promises of no Nato eastern expansion

Ben Aris in Berlin January 13, 2022

The origins of the current Russian demands to halt Nato’s expansion eastwards go back to just before the fall of the Soviet Union, when many Western leaders promised Communist Party General Secretary Gorbachev Nato would not move eastwards.

INTERVIEW: Kazakhstan in crisis

IWPR January 13, 2022

With Kazakhstan experiencing its worst unrest in three decades of independence, Abakhon Sultonnazarov, Central Asia director of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), assesses latest developments and wider implications of the crisis.

OUTLOOK: 2022 Croatia

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2022

Solid recovery from coronacrisis and deadly 2020 earthquakes puts Croatia in a strong position as it pursues Eurozone membership.

Migrants meet smugglers in Serbia: Is the Balkan route really closed?

Katarzyna Rybarczyk in Belgrade January 12, 2022

The Balkan route used during the 2015 European migrant crisis might officially be closed, but the migrant movement never ceased.

PPF still has the deal-making mojo after death of founder Petr Kellner

Robert Anderson in Prague January 11, 2022

New CEO Ladislav Bartonicek is reported to be selling Home Credit Russia as part of the investment group's shift to more mature markets.

OUTLOOK: 2022 Montenegro

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2022

Tourism rebound supports gradual recovery from emerging Europe's worst corona-recession.

OUTLOOK: 2022 Kosovo

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2022

Power crisis weighs on economic recovery from coronacrisis.

Is viral video of 'Kazakh terrorist group' KLF Russian disinformation?

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2022

A mysterious video was uploaded to Telegram on January 7 showing four supposed terrorists with a Kalashnikov and a Kazakh flag who claimed to be members of the "Kazakh Liberation Front" or "KLF".

Nazarbayev ousted from power, search for Kazakhstan’s vanished ‘Leader of the Nation’ centres on Switzerland, Russia and China

bne IntelIiNews January 7, 2022

Former president widely thought to have fled abroad in panic as nation’s unrest mounted.

Inside Kazakstan’s cradle of unrest

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow January 6, 2022

Kazakhstan’s December 2011 Zhanaozen massacre was followed by protests but unlike this week’s mass unrest – which also started in the remote western oil town – they petered out. What has changed?

Amid Kazakhstan upheaval 'Leader of Nation' Nursultan Nazarbayev reportedly leaves country 'for medical reasons'

bne IntelIiNews January 6, 2022

Whatever reshaped establishment emerges out of the country’s carnage may lick its lips at the prospect of taking over the fabulously wealthy Nazarbayev’s assets.

Smoke rises from Almaty government HQ and presidential residence as Kazakhstan protests intensify

bne correspondents in Almaty & Prague January 5, 2022

Resignation of Cabinet announced as concession but Kazakhs know real power is held by presidential regime.