Hungarian opposition leaders clash in second televised debate

Tamas Szilagyi in Budapest September 28, 2021

Debate took place as opposition parties are holding the country’s first-ever primary to select candidates for 106 constituencies and pick their leader to challenge Hungary’s strongman Viktor Orban.

Nato troops step up presence on Kosovo-Serbian border

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje September 27, 2021

Tensions have reached a 10-year high since new rules set by Pristina forced Serbian drivers to change their number plates to enter Kosovo.

Stranded ship loaded with fertilisers threatens Bulgarian coast

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia September 27, 2021

Environmental groups fear the Vera Su may already be leaking cargo of nitrogen fertilisers and diesel fuel into Yailata protected area as officials fail to act.

Russia's Renaissance Insurance hopes to raise $290mn with IPO

Ben Aris in Berlin September 27, 2021

One of Russia’s leading privately owned insurance companies, Renaissance Insurance Group, has announced that it will IPO on Moscow Exchange (MOEX), the company said on September 27.

Tajikistan ‘receives reports of Taliban allies making plans for incursion’

bne IntelIiNews September 27, 2021

Neighbouring country to Afghanistan thought to be hosting resistance leaders who may be seeking to regroup.

Erdogan issues S-400 threats after unhappy time in New York

bne IntelIiNews September 26, 2021

Turkish leader did not get to meet Joe Biden, but he is about to meet Vladimir Putin.

Poland records 130,000 excess deaths in past 12 months as pandemic deepens demographic crisis

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 26, 2021

The government’s flagship welfare programme, the universal payout of €109 monthly per every child under 18, has not resulted in any sustained increase in the number of births.

Romanian PM Citu wins party leadership election

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest September 26, 2021

Citu’s victory over incumbent PNL leader Ludovic Orban complicates efforts to rebuild the party’s centre-right coalition with reformist USR-PLUS.

Smart Organic plans Sofia IPO to fund purchase of German competitor

bne IntelliNews September 26, 2021

Bulgarian producer and distributor of organic food comes back for second attempt at IPO as it aims to buy German firm and build new factory.

Novatek deputy chairman arrested over allegedly hiding $93mn from IRS

bne IntelliNews September 24, 2021

The deputy chairman and former CFO of Russia’s second-largest gas producer Novatek, Florida businessman Mark Gyetvay, has been arrested in the US on tax charges relating to $93mn that was hidden in offshore accounts.

Russian petrochemical giant Sibur merges with rival TAIF

Ben Aris in Berlin September 24, 2021

Russia’s biggest petrochemicals company Sibur has closed a deal to take over 100% of its Tatarstan-based rival TAIF in an equity swap that will leave the shareholders of TAIF with 15% of the merged company and bonds.

Poland’s PM skips regional summit to snub Czech premier Babis over mine row

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw September 24, 2021

Poland reportedly plans to suspend cooperation with Czechia in the Visegrad Group until the mine’s case has been resolved in an amicable way.

Czech president released from hospital after alleged convalescent stay

bne IntelliNews September 24, 2021

Milos Zeman´s health is all the more important now when the general elections are approaching, as it is the president who nominates the head of the winning party to form a new government.

Former Ukrainian president Poroshenko defeats High Court claim for $260mn by oligarch Surkis

Ben Aris in Berlin September 24, 2021

The British High Court struck down a $260mn claim made by Ukrainian oligarch Ihor Surkis and his related companies against former President Petro Poroshenko and the former NBU governor Valeriya Gontareva on September 22.

Ukraine passes anti-oligarch law

Cameron Jones in London September 23, 2021

Bill forbids oligarchs to make contributions in support of political parties or to participate in large-scale privatisations.

Turkey's struggling hotels need ‘serious support’ with debt says association

bne IntelIiNews September 23, 2021

Adds that average occupancy rate of country’s hotels able to open this year so far 44% versus 67% for all of coronavirus-free 2019.

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.

Assassination attempt made against Ukrainian president’s top adviser

Cameron Jones in London September 22, 2021

An advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Serhiy Shefir, was unharmed in an assassination attempt on the 22 September outside Kyiv. His driver, however, was struck by three bullets and hospitalised in a critical condition.

Basha vs Berisha conflict divides Albania’s opposition Democrats

bne IntelliNews September 22, 2021

A very public war of words is raging between the current and former leaders of Albania’s main opposition party, the centre-right Democratic Party.

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.