Late analysis suggests Pashinian to triumph in Armenia's June 20 election

Neil Hauer in Yerevan June 18, 2021

Main rival Kocharyan’s support has risen on his aggressive approach to national security, but as an “old regime” figure he struggles with a high unpopularity rating.

The Russian equity market rallies on fading geopolitical tensions and recovering economies

Ben Aris in Berlin June 16, 2021

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet today in a palace on the shores of Lake Geneva to try to find some common ground and stabilise fraught relations between US and Russia.

Turkish firms benefit from Azerbaijan’s victory

Ulkar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet June 15, 2021

Following the victory over Armenia, Azerbaijan has thanked Turkey by awarding several multimillion-dollar contracts to companies close to the Turkish president.

Russia hits herd hostility to vaccines as COVID rages

Jason Corcoran in Moscow June 15, 2021

Russia has hit herd hostility to vaccination against coronavirus (COVID-19), with a majority of people dead set against taking any of its available jabs – even as the country grapples with a third wave of the pandemic.

Armenian election rhetoric grows violent

Kharine Ghazaryan for Eurasianet June 14, 2021

Once Armenia’s democratic hope, Nikol Pashinian is now calling for “vendettas” and to “replace his velvet mandate with a steel one.” And he’s not the only candidate using that kind of language.

International banking groups look to expand in Central and Southeast Europe despite pandemic

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 14, 2021

International banking groups remain committed to the region, with their strategies tilted towards expansion or stability despite the coronavirus pandemic, EIB survey shows.

Rethink of global supply chains creates opportunity for Western Balkans

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow June 13, 2021

Region is ideally positioned as a nearshoring destination for West European companies but reforms are needed if it is to attract potentially billions of euros in foreign direct investment.

LONG READ: Russia’s sanctions soft underbelly: precision machine tools

Ben Aris in Berlin June 13, 2021

Russia imports almost 100% of its high precisions machine tools as the collapse of the Soviet Union destroyed it’s once legendary machine building sector. Since then there have been several technological leaps forward but Russia is still behind

Why Iranians won’t vote: new survey reveals massive political disenchantment

Pooyan Tamimi Arab & Ammar Maleki June 11, 2021

Findings from the Netherlands-based Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes in Iran (GAMAAN) ahead of the Islamic Republic’s June 18 presidential election.

Poland's PKN Orlen bulks up to play in the big league

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw June 10, 2021

As part of the company’s PLN140bn investment drive by 2030, Orlen plans getting into offshore and onshore wind, solar energy, as well as energy storage.

Double landlocked Uzbekistan and Pakistan trial cargo route via Afghanistan

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent June 8, 2021

Pilot journey inches forward plans to integrate economies of Central and South Asia. Whether the Taliban will stand in the way of the cargo route is still unclear.

No football frenzy in Emerging Europe's Euro 2020 host cities

bne IntelliNews June 8, 2021

Host cites to raise their profiles just as international travel starts to revive, but little hope of the usual tourism and consumer spending bonanza.

Armenia and Azerbaijan suspend “corridor” talks

Joshua Kucera for Eurasianet June 7, 2021

Yerevan said there was no point in discussing new transportation routes with Azerbaijan while there was so much tension along their border. Baku’s response was curiously muted.

bneGREEN: Coal bandits

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2021

The IEA has said that the road to net zero by 2050 is “narrow but still achievable,” so long as there is no more investment in new coal projects, in order to limit global warming to 1.5C.

bneGreen: North Macedonia heads towards green energy transition

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje June 3, 2021

North Macedonia's national energy strategy foresees a 66% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector by 2030.

Belarus' economy will collapse without Russia's help

Ben Aris in Berlin June 3, 2021

Everyone in the world had a terrible 2020, ravaged by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and hurt by multiple economic shocks, including a collapse in the oil price last March. But Belarus had it worse.

Can Tajik-Kyrgyz border conflict spiral into war?

IWPR June 2, 2021

Following the worst fighting in years, experts warn that states need to urgently build trust and solve humanitarian issues.

Russia is back in the Mediterranean and it is there to stay

Ben Aris in Berlin June 2, 2021

Russia is back as a military force and in the last 15 years it has pushed to re-establish itself in the Mediterranean, with unexpected success.

Russia addressing ‘growing Central Asia security concerns’

bne IntelIiNews May 31, 2021

Kremlin takes stock of serious border clash between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and bracing of region for Taliban reaction to pullout of US troops from Afghanistan by September.

Ukraine’s banking sector profitability improved in April, but is still below early 2020 level

bne IntelliNews May 31, 2021

Ukraine’s banking sector profitability continued to improve in April following strong results in March as the sector recovers along with the economy.