Serbia’s dinar bonds included in J.P. Morgan index family

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo July 2, 2021

Serbia becomes one of five countries within the index family whose credit rating is not yet investment grade.

Rifts between Ljubljana and Brussels on public display at start of Slovenia’s EU presidency

bne IntelliNews July 1, 2021

Funding for public broadcaster and other divisive issues raised at tense joint press conference between European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Slovenian PM Janez Jansa.

FPRI BMB Ukraine: New reform laws and decrees

FPRI BMB Ukraine July 1, 2021

Over the past week, the Ukrainian Parliament pushed through several pieces of legislation in the final reading, while also approving the second reading of other bills.

Russians had over 2mn questions for the Direct Line with Vladimir Putin

Ben Aris in Berlin June 30, 2021

In Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual live question-and-answer session, he plays the good tsar, listens to petitions and fixes problems.

Ukraine launches its land market

bne IntelliNews June 30, 2021

After a decade of delays, millions of Ukrainians who own 32mn hectares of land will be allowed to sell it for the first time on a newly created land market that goes into effect on July 1.

Fitch upgrades Russian miner Metalloinvest to investment grade ahead of mooted IPO

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

International ratings agency Fitch has upgraded Russian metallurgy holding Metalloinvest to investment grade on June 29, ahead of the company’s possible IPO.

Montenegro aims to become EU member in 2024

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 29, 2021

Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic sets optimistic target but will struggle to make required reforms with ruling coalition deeply divided.

Murder and arson in Albania’s sun lounger wars

bne IntelliNews June 29, 2021

Interior minister promises police reform after four killed in turf wars over Albanian beaches.

Kazakhstan: Russia’s Yandex taxi in court trouble as China’s Didi circles

Chris Rickleton for Eurasianet June 28, 2021

The situation has arisen because of mischief-making by a so-called patent troll.

Trade dependency keeps Ukraine out of international condemnation of China and Belarus

Ben Aris in Berlin June 28, 2021

The cash-strapped government of Ukraine has kept out of the international condemnation of China’s treatment of the Uighur and the latest round of sanctions on Belarus because of its trade dependency on both countries.

Aeroflot restarts flights to tourist destinations as coronavirus infections in Russia explode

bne IntelliNews June 28, 2021

Russia formally restarted flights to major city destinations around the world on June 28, just as coronavirus (COVID-19) infections explode to levels not seen since January.

EU pulls its punches on Belarus sanctions

Ben Aris in Berlin June 28, 2021

The EU pulled some of its punches when imposing harsh sectorial sanctions on Belarus at a summit in Brussels on June 24-25.

Romania’s 2.3%-of-GDP May public deficit keeps full-year 7% target feasible

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 28, 2021

Deficit remains in line with the government's consolidation plans that received unexpectedly strong support from the fast economic recovery.

Erdogan launches Kanal Istanbul construction despite chorus of environmental protest

bne IntelIiNews June 27, 2021

Mega infrastructure has estimated cost of $65bn but critics say it's not needed. Observers see it as revenue spinner for backers of ruling party.

Belarus moves jailed opposition blogger Roman Protasevich and partner Sofia Sapega to house arrest

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2021

Belarusian authorities have released jailed opposition blogger Roman Protasevich and his Russian partner Sofia Sapega to house arrest after the pair had been in pre-trial detention for over a month.

Khamenei given Iran-made coronavirus vaccine shot

bne IntelIiNews June 25, 2021

COVIran Barekat has greater efficacy than China’s Sinopharm, Iranians say.

Dutch PM tells Orban he is free to leave EU as pressure grows over Hungary’s anti-LGBT law

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2021

EU set to launch yet another infringement action against Hungary, as 17 EU leaders sign letter pledging to 'continue fighting against discrimination of the LGBTI community'.

Leaked documents indicate Russia spent €11.4mn ahead of Moldovan presidential election

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest June 25, 2021

Former president Igor Dodon denies receiving funds from Moscow, after leaked documents obtained by German Bild indicate financial support channelled to 'friendly' candidates.

Russian forces oppose the UK Navy’s Freedom of Navigation Operation off Crimea

bne IntelliNews June 25, 2021

The British 8,500-tonne destroyer HMS Defender was buzzed two days ago by Russian fast jets off Sevastopol. Moscow promptly claimed that Defender was trespassing in Russian Territorial Waters and refusing to follow Russian orders.

Turkey’s Antalya Airport operator TAV-Fraport forecloses on Onur Air’s eight aircraft

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 24, 2021

Court of bailiffs orders low-cost carrier to cease flying. Though planes are worth €145mn, the foreclosure is for just €26,000, sources complain to newspaper.