Czech PM to allow opposition coalitions to form new government

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2021

Andrej Babis says he would reject a potential offer from President Milos Zeman to form the new government.

Hungarian opposition voters pick Marki-Zay to challenge Orban in 2022 elections

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2021

Conservative mayor defeats DK's Dobrev in primary run-off with 57% of the vote.

Efforts to deploy US counterterrorism forces in Uzbekistan may not be over

Muzaffar Ismailov in Tashkent & Will Conroy in Prague October 16, 2021

Tashkent holds firmly to ‘No’ but Putin underlines difficulty of Afghanistan situation by saying intelligence indicates 2,000 Islamic State members may be present in north of country alone.

Turkmen petrochemical plants ‘channelling exports via obscure UK firms tied to president’s nephews’

bne IntelIiNews October 15, 2021

Investigative reporting outlet also finds clear signs of nephews’ wealth in UAE with 16 apartments acquired in Dubai.

Uzbekistan rights ombudswoman says she is on top of Karimova case

Eurasianet October 14, 2021

The government-appointee is monitoring the case of Gulnara Karimova, the jailed daughter of the late former president, but that may not be enough to assuage concerns.

North Macedonia’s local elections to test support for ruling Social Democrats

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 14, 2021

Contenders for Skopje mayor use televised debate to criticise ruling party over uncompleted infrastructure projects.

Adriatic Metals launches share sale to fund Bosnia’s Vares silver project

Eldar Dizdarevic in Sarajevo October 14, 2021

London-listed Adriatic Metals owns the Vares silver project in Bosnia and the Raska zinc deposit in Serbia.

Romania’s hospitals overwhelmed by devastating fourth wave of pandemic

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

Military hospitals expand capacity to treat COVID-19 patients and neighbouring countries offer help.

Albania to raise up to €700mn with new eurobond issue

Clare Nuttall in Zagreb October 14, 2021

Bond issue planned to support state budget despite strong rise in debt-to-GDP ratio since start of the pandemic.

Czech president ready to nominate Babis to try to form a new government

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

PM says he has not yet decided whether to accept the nomination and he is ready to go into opposition.

Moldova declares state of alert, seeks to buy gas from Ukraine or Romania

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 14, 2021

Moldova has been paying high spot prices to Gazprom since October 1, when the Russian gas company also cut the gas supplies by one third.

Energy supplier Bohemia Energy to leave Czech market as prices soar

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

Largest alternative energy supplier hands back its licence after energy price rise makes model uneconomic.

Metalloinvest hires Knauf executives as independent directors to boost corporate governance, ESG

bne IntelliNews October 14, 2021

Leading Russian metallurgical company Metalloinvest has hired Alexander Blumhardt and Manfred Grundke from the global construction materials group Knauf, to serve on the board as independent directors to boost the company’s corporate governance.

Kosovan police clash with Serbs in Mitrovica in anti-smuggling operation

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 13, 2021

Police and smugglers injured in shootout as officers seize smuggled goods worth hundreds of thousands of euros.

Putin blames low wind power output for gas crisis

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2021

Low wind power output in Europe has played a role in causing the current gas supply crisis in Europe, Russian president Vladimir Putin said in speech on October 13.

Slovak central bank governor charged with bribery

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2021

Peter Kazimir is the most high-profile figure from the former centre-left Smer government targeted by the current rightwing government's anti-corruption drive.

CEE needs to speed up transition to new growth model, argues GLOBSEC report

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2021

Annual CEE Strategic Transformation Index puts Slovenia top in CEE (after Austria), followed by Czechia and Poland.

CEE/SEE countries unite in defence of nuclear power

bne IntelliNews October 12, 2021

EU’s pro-nuclear member states want nuclear energy to be included in the bloc's green taxonomy as a way to ameliorate climate change.

Turkish lira drops through 9

bne IntelIiNews October 11, 2021

Sinking currency partly reflective of president Erdogan’s “failure to accept economic gravity” says one analyst.

Baltic states gripped by Delta variant of COVID-19

Linas Jegelevicius in Vilnius October 11, 2021

All three Baltic states are currently among the EU's worst affected countries.