Political fighting intensifies in Poland as film documenting Catholic clergy's abuse of kids goes viral to millions

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 15, 2019

The film’s skyrocketing popularity has forced political leaders take positions on the issue as the campaign for the European Parliament elections heats up.

COMMENT: Technology can reduce the global plastic pollution problem

Calin Corjan in Montreal May 13, 2019

Annual global production of plastics has increased dramatically, from 15mn metric tons in 1964 to over 350mn metric tons now, however, a new technology can break down polymers and effectively recycle them

VISEGRAD BLOG: Poland shocked by film documenting Catholic clergy’s sexual abuse of children

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 13, 2019

“Just Don’t Tell Anyone” neared 6mn views just 36 hours after its premiere on YouTube, shaking up Poland's political landscape ahead of the European Parliament elections.

European Council head Donald Tusk wades into Polish politics ahead of key vote

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 6, 2019

Tusk warns against fuelling “political civil war” amid speculation about his return to domestic politics to lead the opposition’s charge against PiS.

COMMENT: Chinese engagement in CESEE: paper dragons and false inevitabilities?

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna, Marcus How of Vienneast in Vienna May 3, 2019

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is no less than an attempt by the Chinese to reshape the international order, but it has acted as a strategic opportunist and has no clear development plan.

Poland leads CEE charge against “centralised” and “multi-speed” EU

Wojciech Kosc in Warsaw May 2, 2019

Warsaw wants the EU to devolve more powers to national governments and opposes deeper integration of some – mostly Western – member states in specific policy areas.

15 years on from 2004 wave of EU accessions, convergence but a patchy overall record for CEE countries

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow May 1, 2019

15 years after eight CEE states entered the EU, there have been significant economic gains, but in recent years this has been accompanied by a backsliding on democratic reforms.

Arming and rearming: Military spending grows across CEE and SEE in 2018

bne IntelliNews April 29, 2019

Russia’s expenditure falls for a second year, even though Moscow fears are driving defence outlays elsewhere. Turkey committed a league-topping 24% more while Iran spent 9.5% less on its armed forces as US tightened economic noose.

COMMENT: CEE Fintech Atlas: Old narratives are changing, innovations may flow now from East to West

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna April 25, 2019

After nearly three decades since the end of the socialist experiment many countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have made enormous progress, but they are still catching up to their western peers. But not in fintech.

Eurasia’s burgeoning populations to overtake a vanishing population in Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 23, 2019

Central and Eastern Europe faces a demographic catastrophe in the coming decades that will see Central Asia pull ahead of the eastern EU member states in population terms by the end of the century.

BRICKS AND MORTAR: Investors look to recession-proof student housing market

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 23, 2019

New study by Colliers International and CMS reveals shortfall in CEE student housing estimated at up to €4bn.