The UN calls for Russia to pay reparations for Ukraine attack

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2022

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted to hold Russia responsible for its attack on Ukraine and set up a mechanism to record the damage done so that the value of reparations can be calculated and eventually imposed on November 14.

Ukraine to construct a wall along its border with Belarus

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2022

Like Poland, Lithuania and Latvia, Ukraine wants a physical barrier along its border with Belarus. With the construction of its new border wall, Belarus is becoming increasingly boxed-in and pushed even closer to Russia.

EU foreign policy chief says Serbia and Kosovo are on the edge of conflict

Valentina Dimitrevska in Skopje November 15, 2022

EU High Commissioner Josep Borrell calls for efforts to resolve crisis after Serbs in northern Kosovo quit state institutions.

Poland puts Gazprom-owned pipeline company under administration

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw November 15, 2022

Government says decision “necessary for the proper functioning of Europol Gaz” and will ensure that there is “decision-making paralysis in the company”.

Kurdish PKK denies role in weekend Istanbul bomb attack

bne IntelIiNews November 15, 2022

Turkish police seize suspected bomber in early morning raid and link her to militants. But group says it would never target civilians.

EU, UK slap sanctions on Iran on same day regime announces first ‘unrest’ death sentence

bne IntelIiNews November 14, 2022

French president Macron steps up pressure, saying "grandchildren of the revolution are carrying out a revolution and are devouring it."

Natasa Pirc Musar elected first female president of Slovenia

bne IntelliNews November 13, 2022

Melania Trump's former lawyer Pirc Musar defeated rightwing former foreign minister Anze Logar.

Bombing in heart of Istanbul kills at least six

bne IntelIiNews November 13, 2022

Attack comes six weeks after suicide attack in Turkish city of Mersin that indicated there would be violence ahead of Turkey’s elections.

Albanian opposition protest ends in scuffles with police

bne IntelliNews November 13, 2022

Protesters broke through police cordon and threw paint at prime minister's office as thousands gathered at anti-government demonstration.

Ukrainian flags flood Kherson as emotional residents celebrate liberation from Russian occupiers

Social media correspondent Dominic Culverwell November 11, 2022

Blue and yellow flags, banners and hats decorated the city of Kherson for the first time since March, as emotional residents greeted Ukrainian soldiers entering the newly liberated city.

US revokes Russia’s market economy status

bne IntelliNews November 11, 2022

The US has revoked its recognition of Russia as a market economy, the US Commerce Department said on November 10, which will see import duties on Russian goods across the board rise.

EU pledges €250mn as part of broader energy rescue scheme for Moldova

bne IntelliNews November 11, 2022

Chisinau estimates the energy crisis will cost Moldova around €1bn this year.

Political outsider set to become Slovenia’s first female president

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 10, 2022

Supporters of Slovenia’s three ruling parties have swung behind independent candidate — and Melania Trump’s lawyer — Natasa Pirc Musar.

Russia abandons Kherson in major military setback

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2022

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered his troops to withdraw from the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson on November 10 in a major military setback.

Exim Bank US offers $3bn financing for Romanian nuclear reactors

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest November 10, 2022

Romania plans to build two new reactors of 700MW net each at its sole nuclear power plant at Cernavoda.

Uzbekistan said to be lobbying for lifting of sanctions on Russian billionaire Usmanov

bne IntelIiNews November 10, 2022

Uzbekistan is lobbying the EU to pull sanctions on the Uzbek-Russian billionaire, with the issue having been put on the agenda of recent meetings between Uzbek and EU officials, the Financial Times has reported citing unnamed sources.

Iran warns Saudi Arabia it may lose ‘strategic patience’

bne IntelIiNews November 10, 2022

On same day, Tehran, angered by media coverage of unrest, designates as “terrorist” Iran International, a London-based news broadcaster seen as having ties to Riyadh.

President and parliament locked in power struggle to control Montenegro

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia November 9, 2022

Montenegro is in its deepest political crisis in decades as President Djukanovic blocked the formation of a new government and is pushing for early elections.

Renowned former petrochemicals CEO Konov sells stake in Sibur

Theo Normanton in London November 9, 2022

Dmitry Konov, former CEO of petrochemicals major Sibur, says he no longer owns a 2.59% stake in the company. He stepped down as head of the company in March 2022 after the EU introduced sanctions against him, which he is appealing.

Turkish textile companies want even weaker lira

bne IntelIiNews November 9, 2022

Hit by high inflation, energy and labour costs, manufacturers hope to export away their problems.