2018 was a tough year for New Europe with the military conflict in Eastern Europe escalating following a naval clash between Russia and Ukraine in the Sea of Azov and a full scale currency crisis in Turkey that has hobbled the economy dominating the headlines.
And the prospects for 2019 don't look much better with crucial presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled in Ukraine, more sanctions in the pipeline for Russia and a flagging global economy to turn the screws on all emerging markets.
bne IntelliNews editor-in-chief Ben Aris sits down with Eugene Chausovsky, senior Eurasia analyst with Stratfor to review the year that just ended and peer ahead into the year that just started.
Ben Aris, editor-in-chief bne IntelliNews
Eugene Chausovsky, senior Eurasia analyst, Stratfor