Moscow to build Chinese replica car next year

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2022

Moscow plans to produce 50,000 vehicles under the legendary Moskvitch (Muscovite) brand in 2023 at the former plant of French Renault.

Georgian parliament sends bill to promote de-oligarchisation to Venice Commission for review

Mack Tubridy in Tbilisi November 29, 2022

The Georgian opposition believes that the bill will be used to punish opposition financiers and to protect the interests of Georgian Dream founder Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Gazprom admits Moldova paid its bills but keeps December deliveries at under half of contracted amount

bne IntelliNews November 29, 2022

Energy crisis in Moldova continues as Gazprom refuses to increase deliveries, accusing Chisinau of "frequent payment breaches".

Three contenders reportedly in race for Enel’s €1.9bn Romanian energy assets

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 29, 2022

Italian utility group Enel plans to sell its subsidiaries in several countries including Romania next year.

The sudden death of Belarus’ foreign minister

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2022

On Saturday, Belarusian state media reported that Belarus’ FM Vladimir Makei had died suddenly at the age of 64. Makei was one of Lukashenko’s closest men and speculations abound as to what his death could mean for Lukashenko’s regime.

Czech presidential candidates reduced to nine after interior minister review

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2022

Twelve out of the 21 candidates who registered for the presidential election by the November 8 deadline were dismissed after the interior ministry reviewed the registrations, leaving all the businessmen heavyweights out of the race.

Hungary’s president visits Ukraine for first time

Tamas Csonka in Budapest November 28, 2022

Among Europeans, the proportion of Hungarians blaming Ukraine for the war is the highest.

Ukraine launches "Grain From Ukraine" scheme

Dominic Culverwell in London November 28, 2022

Ukraine launched the "Grain From Ukraine'' scheme on Holodomor Memorial Day, the Kyiv Independent reported on November 27.

Iran demands 10-game ban for US World Cup team after flag displayed minus Islamic Republic emblem

bne IntelIiNews November 27, 2022

American soccer officials say move was made in support of anti-regime protesters. Iranian counterparts say it breaches Fifa rules on “offending dignity”.

Slovenians reject opposition challenge in triple referendum

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 27, 2022

Voters rejected opposition attempt to scrap changes to laws on public broadcaster RTV Slovenia, government structure and healthcare.

FIFA to take action against Serbia over controversial political banner in World Cup locker room

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2022

Banner showing Kosovo as part of Serbia reignited tensions after a deal was struck to end rift over car number plates that risked starting new conflict.

Kazakh authorities swiftly crack down on short-lived protest against Tokayev’s inauguration

bne IntelliNews November 27, 2022

Protesters, reportedly organised by businessman Marat Abiyev's Architects of the Future, were arrested after altercations with police.

PPF agrees to sell two Home Credit operations in Southeast Asia

Albin Sybera, Robert Anderson in Prague November 25, 2022

Japan's MUFG to pay $615mn for Philippines and Indonesian businesses of PPF's consumer finance brand.

NGOs attack Czech cabinet proposal to give whistleblowers weak protection

Albin Sybera November 25, 2022

Government's belated proposal leaves out protection for anonymous whistleblowing or for whistleblowing of non-criminal transgressions.

Pashinyan refuses to sign CSTO declaration after bloc's failure to help Armenia

Ani Mejlumyan in Yerevan November 25, 2022

Getting the CSTO to send military assistance to Armenia and to condemn Azerbaijan's attacks were two of Yerevan's fundamental demands going into the summit.

V4 leaders meet as EC poised to take unprecedented action towards Hungary

Albin Sybera November 25, 2022

Hungarian premier Viktor Orban reiterated Hungary’s opposition to the EU’s efforts to raise cash for Ukraine on financial markets, and says its parliament will ratify Sweden and Finland's Nato membership in 'a month and something'.

Austrian chancellor confirms support for Croatia’s Schengen entry, but not Bulgaria’s or Romania’s

bne IntelliNews November 25, 2022

Austria and Sweden are expected to veto enlargement of the Schengen are to Romania and Bulgaria at the EU Council meeting in December.

Frazzled Iran coach Queiroz tells media, ‘Why don’t you ask Southgate about Afghanistan?’

bne IntelIiNews November 25, 2022

Ahead of Wales World Cup match, focus is again on whether Iranian players will sing national anthem.

Gazprom unveils its biggest investment programme in eight years as it begins to reorientate to the east

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2022

Gazprom announced its biggest investment programme since 2014 of $35bn as the company prepares to embark on major capital-intensive work that may include new pipelines to Europe and China and suggests is may be expecting higher earnings from Europe.

Kyrgyzstan claims to be mulling end to graft-ridden customs service

Eurasianet November 24, 2022

But a contentious procurement law in the works has fuelled scepticism about government claims to be fighting corruption.