VISEGRAD BLOG: An easing of trade tensions but still an uncertain situation for export-oriented Central Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 27, 2020

The upcoming Biden presidency in the US is expected to lead to an easing of trade tensions that have been particularly damaging for Central Europe’s small export-oriented economies, but it doesn’t herald a return to the old, globalised world.

MEPs urge European Commission to act against Hungarian media financing in North Macedonia and Slovenia

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 26, 2020

MEPs suspect “gross interference” in democratic process in North Macedonia by Hungarian companies close to PM Viktor Orban’s inner circle.

Slovenian PM Jansa stands alongside Hungary and Poland in EU rule of law row

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje November 19, 2020

Ministers from Jansa's coalition partners join opposition in criticising PM for position that "does not benefit Slovenia's interests".

Coronacrisis to get worse before it gets better forecasts wiiw

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 13, 2020

Most of CEE is heading for a double-dip recession this year as the latest wave of the crisis will result in fresh contractions in 4Q20, say wiiw economists.

Slovenia posts trade surplus of €1.28bn in January-September

bne IntelliNews November 9, 2020

Slovenia swings to surplus in 9M20 compared to deficit in same period of 2019, as imports declined faster than exports during the pandemic.

CEE politicians highlight trade and security ties as they congratulate Biden

bne IntelliNews November 7, 2020

Politicians rush to congratulate new US president-elect as result is announced — but not Slovenian PM and staunch Trump supporter Janez Jansa, who takes to Twitter to mock state of rule of law in US.

CEE Banking Sectors: In crisis and recovery mode at the same time

Gunter Deuber of Raiffeisen Research in Vienna November 6, 2020

There is positive news for all Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) commercial bankers, market observers and investment bankers. The fresh 2020 CEE Banking Report by Raiffeisen Research paints an encouraging picture of banking in CEE.

Protests in Ljubljana against coronavirus restrictions turn violent

bne IntelliNews November 6, 2020

Police clashed with anti-lockdown protestors in the Slovenian capital as demonstrators started throwing paving stones at officers.

Rising COVID-19 cases put intense pressure on CEE healthcare systems

bne IntelliNews November 5, 2020

New restrictions imposed in countries struggling with a vicious second wave of the pandemic.

Below average 2020 wine production destined for volatile and uncertain global market

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 2, 2020

First estimates from OIV show drought hitting the grape crops in countries such as Romania and Moldova, while others like Hungary and Russia managed to boost production.

Consumer prices fell y/y, rose m/m in October in Slovenia

bne IntelliNews November 2, 2020

The annual fall in prices was driven by goods prices, in particular fuel prices.