Bulgaria’s ITN leader gives up controversial nomination for PM, to propose new government

bne IntelliNews July 16, 2021

Slavi Trifonov, the leader of Bulgaria’s There Are Such People (ITN) party, said on July 15 he is giving up nominating Nikolai Vassilev for prime minister due to strong objections and accusations he is related to the parties of the establishment

Biden and Merkel fail to find common ground over Nord Stream 2 pipeline at Washington summit

bne IntelliNews July 16, 2021

US President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have failed to find a common position on the issue of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that will allow Russia to bypass Ukraine during a meeting of the two leaders on July 15.

bneGREEN: EU carbon guidelines offer relief to Russian exporters

bne IntelliNews July 16, 2021

The European Commission has revealed new proposals concerning its Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), which would regulate carbon certificates for importers to the union.

Poland digs its heels ever deeper in the row over judiciary

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw July 15, 2021

Poland’s government-controlled Constitutional Tribunal ruled on July 14 that the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has no authority over domestic regulations concerning the judiciary.

US sweetens Iran’s path to restoring nuclear deal by unfreezing bank funds in Japan, Korea

bne IntelIiNews July 14, 2021

Separately, president Rouhani criticises Iranian regime’s top officials for foiling his attempt to secure revived accord in final months of his administration.

EU ready to begin €600mn Economic and Recovery Plan in Moldova after government is formed

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest July 14, 2021

President Maia Sandu's reformist PAS to form new government after landslide election victory.

Lukashenko pays surprise visit to Putin in St Petersburg

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2021

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko paid a surprise and unscheduled visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on July 13, almost certainly to ask for more money.

Georgian cameraman dies after attack by far-right, anti-LGBT mob

Neil Hauer in Yerevan July 13, 2021

A cameraman in Georgia's capital of Tbilisi died on July 11 after being severely beaten by right-wing mobs protesting the planned Tbilisi Pride march a week before.

John Kerry in Moscow to start climate change co-operation, Putin writes essay on Russia and Ukraine

bne IntelliNews July 13, 2021

All on one day, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry was in Moscow to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, President Vladimir Putin penned an essay on Ukraine and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy met Angela Merkel.

Artel becomes first private Uzbek manufacturing company to obtain credit rating

Alisher Kalandarov in Tashkent July 12, 2021

Artel Electronics, a home appliance and electronics manufacturer and one of Uzbekistan’s largest companies, has received a first-time Fitch rating of ‘B’ with a stable outlook - the first privately owned company to receive a rating.

Turkey ‘reverses ban on PE based recycled plastic imports’

bne IntelIiNews July 12, 2021

Attempts by Turkish plastics recyclers to show economic damage caused by barring waste imports from UK and other nations appear to have won out over environmental considerations.

US withdrawal from Afghanistan adds thousands to migrant numbers arriving in Turkey

Akin Nazli in Belgrade July 12, 2021

Young men fleeing Taliban via mountainous trek. Bus carrying migrants overturns, killing 12.

Bulgaria’s ITN nominates Nikolai Vassilev for PM

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 12, 2021

TV host Slavi Trifonov says his ITN party wants a government of experts as it takes narrow lead in snap general election.

Biden warns Russia will faces consequences if it doesn't crack down on ransomware attacks

Ben Aris in Berlin July 12, 2021

Joe Biden warned Vladimir Putin that Russia would face consequences if it failed to crack down on ransomware cyber-gangs operating out of Russia that are targeting businesses worldwide during a phone call on July 9.

President Sandu's party wins landslide victory in Moldova's snap election

bne IntelliNews July 12, 2021

Sandu talks of "end of a hard era" in Moldova as preliminary results show her pro-EU, reformist PAS to secure a majority in parliament.

Exit polls show Trifonov’s ITN party leads Gerb by less than 1% in Bulgaria’s snap vote

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia July 11, 2021

Second election of 2021 appears to have produced another fragmented parliament.

Kazakhstan’s golden man gets the Oliver Stone treatment

Joanna Lillis for Eurasianet July 9, 2021

From the man who brought you Platoon, Wall Street and Born on the Fourth of July comes a blockbuster, new eight-part documentary series about… the former president of Kazakhstan.

Romanian premier dismisses minister of finance

bne IntelliNews July 9, 2021

Prime Minister Florin claims Nazare's ministry lags behind on a large number of projects.

Founder of Turkey’s Hepsiburada becomes country’s latest billionaire by listing her webstore

bne IntelliNews July 8, 2021

When Turkish online retailer Hepsiburada (HEPS) listed on Nasdaq on July1, it propelled its chairwoman and founder, Hanzade Dogan Boyner, to billionaire status

EU expected to launch WTO case against Russian Champagne labelling decision

Iana Dreyer editor of Borderlex July 8, 2021

The European Commission is considering launching a case in the WTO following Russia’s recent decision to authorise the label ‘Champagne’ only for Russian-produced sparkling wines.