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Akbank launches Turkey's autumn syndicated loan renewals season for peers at record high costs

Akin Nazli in Belgrade October 26, 2022

Market outcome does not provide a good signal, but a Turkish systemic default is still not seen on the cards.

Cost of living crisis wiping out online retailers’ pandemic gains

bne IntelliNews October 26, 2022

Online retailers in Central and Southeast Europe are reporting declines in profits or warning that tougher times are coming.

EU gas prices tumble in lull before the storm

Ben Aris in Berlin October 25, 2022

Gas prices have been falling fast in the last few weeks as EU storage tanks are nearly full.

‘Brotherly’ Azerbaijan and Turkey build lucrative Karabakh business ties

Ulqar Natiqqizi for Eurasianet October 25, 2022

A new $100mn project run by members of both presidents’ families highlights the tight relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Ukraine continues to cut its economic ties to Belarus

bne IntelliNews October 25, 2022

Ukraine has steadily cut off its economic ties with Belarus throughout this year, the impacts from this on the Belarusian economy have clearly been a major source of headache for Minsk officials.

The rise of Iran's drone and ballistic missile industry

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2022

Russia struck Ukraine’s key civilian infrastructure on October 4, destroying power plants and plunging half the country into darkness. Low on missiles, Moscow bought hundreds of Iranian Shahed 136 kamikaze drones and now may buy ballistic missiles.

Poland’s ruling camp between a rock and a hard place on inflation

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw October 23, 2022

Soaring inflation presents the government and NBP with a conundrum: is the proper policy choice to keep raising interest rates or wait it out until inflation-boosting external shocks subside?

ENERGY CRISIS: Gas prices down but restocking EU tanks in 2023 looks more difficult than 2022

Ben Aris in Berlin October 22, 2022

Gas prices in Europe have been tumbling thanks to a combination of gas tanks 93% full, mild weather in October, a significant reduction in consumption and an economic slowdown in China. But that won’t last once the cold weather arrives.

Russian central bank releases a relatively upbeat October macroeconomic forecast for 2022-2025

Ben Aris in Berlin October 21, 2022

The Central Bank of Russia released its latest macroeconomic survey of professional economists’ forecasts and its own estimates on October 20, improving many of the predictions from the previous survey in September.

INTERVIEW: "There are no big buyers" – Ukrainian government struggles to sell bonds, says deputy managing director of Dragon Capital

Dominic Culverwell in Berlin October 21, 2022

Ukraine’s government is struggling to sell new bonds on the local market amidst an ailing hryvnia and a closed Eurobond market.

The war’s price tag for Russia will be high

Ben Aris in Berlin October 20, 2022

How much will President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine cost the Russian economy? The military costs are going to run over $110bn, but the true cost of derailing Russia's potential will probably run into the trillions.

Bank IPOs leading the charge for Mongolia’s maturing stock exchange

Michael Kohn in Ulaanbaatar October 20, 2022

Banks aren’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when investors want to plough money into the Mongolian economy; mostly it’s mining. But lately the banking sector has become the focus of attention for IPO-hungry investors.

Will Europe's energy supply allow it to make it through the winter?

bne IntelliNews October 20, 2022

Europe has filled its gas storage facilities to close to 95% of capacity, and prices are substantially down from previous spikes. How the continent’s energy system will fare this winter, however, will depend on a number of factors.

Economic damage from Ukraine war pushing households into poverty across Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 19, 2022

Unicef research shows the impact has fallen disproportionately on children, with sharp increases in child poverty across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Food waste apps gain users as cost of living soars

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow October 17, 2022

With food prices rising at rates not seen in a generation or more, food waste apps active in Central and Southeast Europe have seen a sudden upturn in the number of users.

What can we expect from Lukashenko’s escalated war rhetoric?

bne IntelliNews October 16, 2022

Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko’s recently escalated war rhetoric versus Ukraine has gained both Western capitals and Kyiv’s attention in the last few days. So, what can be expected from Lukashenko’s latest outburst?

Belarus Corruption Watch: How the Lukashenko family’s friends in the construction business hide from sanctions

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2022

In their latest investigation, the Belarusian Investigative Centre (BIC) has outlined the Karić brothers’ connections to the Minsk regime and investigated the legality of the sales and transfers of the family’s various properties.

Too early to call time on the CSTO

Kamila Ibragimova, Peter Leonard for Eurasianet October 14, 2022

More than a military alliance analogous to Nato, the bloc is a political entity. But analysts have never agreed on its exact purpose.

Minsk's "tricks" to circumvent the Western sanctions regime

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2022

On Monday, the EU warned Belarus of more sanctions if it chooses to send Belarusian troops into Ukraine. As the sanctions pressure mounts, more private and state actors are looking for loopholes or other tactics to evade or circumvent them.

ENERGY CRISIS: Bruegel gas use tracker shows a tight market but falling EU consumption

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2022

This winter is going to be tough. An energy crisis has already led the EU to spend over half a trillion euros on relief and support. Europe wants to cut its gas consumption by 15% and has managed to reduce it by 7% already.

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