Montenegro asks EU for help to repay Chinese motorway loan

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

Montenegro, one of the worst hit emerging Europe countries by the coronacrisis, has a heavy debt burden from the Bar-Boljare motorway.

UK registered shell company faked documents to win Uzbekistan medical kit contracts says World Bank

bne IntelIiNews March 30, 2021

Case of NovoLine Resources tarnishes already controversial reputation of British corporate governance.

Slovak coalition partners reshuffle cabinet to solve government crisis

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

Finance Minister Eduard Heger will become the new prime minister, while outgoing premier Igor Matovic will take his post.

Belarus’ opposition abandons attempts at dialogue with Lukashenko, Tikhanovskaya branded a terrorist

bne IntelliNews March 30, 2021

Opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that the opposition is making no attempt at any dialogue with Belarus' self-appointed President Alexander Lukashenko, but is focusing on appealing directly to those working in his administration.

Uzbekistan police blame victim in violent attack on pro-LGBT activist

Eurasianet March 30, 2021

Miraziz Bazarov had criticized the government’s refusal to decriminalize same-sex relations.

Iran inks 25 year strategic deal with China as US softens nuclear deal stance

bne IntelIiNews March 29, 2021

Deal with Beijing could bring in hundreds of billions of investment dollars. Americans, meanwhile, talk up their flexibility on reviving accord.

Tender for Czech nuclear power plant Dukovany to be left to new government

bne IntelliNews March 29, 2021

This postpones any decision on whether to let Russia's Rosatom into the tender until after the October general election.

Impact of global chip shortage on carmakers spreading across Eastern Europe, Turkey and Central Asia

bne IntelIiNews March 26, 2021

Production plants forced into stoppages after pandemic-led surge in demand for electronics from locked down populations squeezes semiconductor supplies.

FPRI BMB Russia: Navalny’s health is worsening in prison, new protests planned

FPRI BMB Russia March 26, 2021

Navalny’s health is worsening in prison. Reports that Navalny was suffering health issues first emerged on March 25 from Leonid Volkov, the head of Navalny’s campaign network, who also plans a 500,000 strong protest soon.

Over 200 arrested at “Freedom Day” protest in Belarus, but turnout was low

Ben Aris in Berlin March 26, 2021

Belarusian police arrested over 200 protesters during Belarus’ Freedom Day demonstrations on March 25, the first big protests of the spring season, although the turnout was disappointingly small.

Plans for higher water taxes threaten to push down Hidroelectrica valuation ahead of IPO

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest March 25, 2021

Romanian hydropower group Hidroelectrica could pay 55% higher taxes for the water it uses under amendments currently under debate in the parliament.

Czech car producer Skoda halves profit in 2020

bne IntelliNews March 25, 2021

VW subsidiary still manages to increase domestic and European market shares.

Montenegro's government accuses chief special prosecutor of blocking probes into President Djukanovic

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia March 24, 2021

At least four corruption probes involving the president are on chief special prosecutor Milivoje Katnic's desk, claimed Deputy PM Dritan Abazovic.

Opposition leader Djilas files charges against Serbia's president

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo March 24, 2021

Dragan Djilas fights back in media war over offshore companies as leading politicians position themselves ahead of next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Russia has “no relations with the EU”, Beijing closes ranks with Moscow

Ben Aris in Berlin March 24, 2021

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia has “no relations with the European Union”, as Beijing made a public display of closing ranks with Moscow in opposition to the US sanctions policy.

Slovak president calls for PM to resign to end government crisis

bne IntelliNews March 24, 2021

So far four ministers have resigned in the rolling cabinet crisis and parliament has been adjourned amid the growing chaos.

Polish writer faces prison for calling President Duda a 'moron'

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw March 23, 2021

Prosecutors use contentious law on insulting the president to punish writer who ridiculed Duda's comments on US election.

Turkey’s debt ‘least appealing in EMs’

bne IntelIiNews March 23, 2021

Erdogan administration has lost its credibility for the medium term with latest firing of a central bank governor, says emerging markets head at AllianceBernstein in New York.

Conference addresses reform and regulation issues facing Tashkent Stock Market

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent March 23, 2021

Still very early days for Uzbekistan’s bourse. Investors need “fast, transparent and reliable data,” says US SEC commissioner.

Russian oligarch Abramovich sues Harper Collins and “Putin’s People” author for defamation

Ben Aris in Berlin March 23, 2021

Abramovich sues over allegation that President Vladimir Putin asked him to buy Chelsea FC as a means of extending Russia’s soft power.