Right-winger Logar and independent Pirc Musar to face each other in Slovenian presidential election runoff

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 23, 2022

Former foreign minister Anze Logar and lawyer Natasa Pirc Musar are leading candidates in presidential race.

Emerging Europe is growing faster than expected this year but will stagnate in 2023, says wiiw

Robert Anderson in Prague October 20, 2022

For 2023 the wiiw has revised its forecasts down, and overall Emerging Europe growth will average just 0.3%, barely above the 0.2% predicted for the Eurozone.

Populist candidate leads in polls ahead of Slovenian presidential election

Valentina Dimitrievska October 20, 2022

Anze Logar, backed by former populist premier Janez Jansa's Slovenian Democratic Party, predicted to have a strong lead going into the likely run-off on November 13.

bneGREEN Siemens Gamesa calls for quotas on EU-made wind turbines

by Roberta Harrington in London October 19, 2022

Siemens Gamesa, the leading wind-turbine manufacturer, has called for a quota system on the amount of EU-produced turbines installed in the trade bloc, reports the Financial Times.

bneGREEN: “Overriding public interest” essential to renewables in the EU: WindEurope

by Roberta Harrington in London October 19, 2022

The EU wants a massive expansion in renewable energy. It wants wind energy to grow from 190 GW today to 510 GW by 2030. But Europe is not building enough wind farms to reach this target, says WindEurope.

Slovenian foreign minister says North Macedonia could join the EU by 2030

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje October 18, 2022

Slovenia is one of the strongest supporters of North Macedonia’s EU accession process, which was long stalled by bilateral disputes with its neighbours.

IMF BLOG: Policymakers need steady hand as storm clouds gather over global economy

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas Economic Counsellor and the Director of Research of the IMF. October 11, 2022

One-third of the world economy will likely contract this year or next amid shrinking real incomes and rising prices. The global economy continues to face the challenges of war, a cost-of-living crisis and an energy crisis.

Annual growth of Slovenia’s industrial production accelerated to 4.8% in August

bne IntelliNews October 10, 2022

The annual growth of industrial production in August was the biggest so far this year, driven by the manufacturing and mining sectors.

CEE faces 'huge correction' in bond yields, says Erste

Robert Anderson in Prague October 10, 2022

The end of the monetary tightening cycle amid the tougher international environment will mean a correction of 200 basis points in 10-year yields in Hungary, and from 80-140 bps in Czechia, Poland and Romania.

VISEGRAD BLOG: European family gathering mostly avoids fights

Robert Anderson in Prague October 9, 2022

European Political Community isolates Russia, welcomes back UK and reassures EU candidate countries.

Slovenian start-up Fit&Beat secures $25mn investment from GEM Digital

bne IntelliNews October 5, 2022

Fit&Beat uses blockchain technology paired with virtual and augmented reality solutions to reward people for getting fit.

Czechs try to transform EU's relationship with Israel

Robert Anderson in Prague October 3, 2022

As the current rotating president of the European Union, Prague has convened a meeting of the long moribund EU Israel Association to try to boost EU links with the Jewish state.

bneGREEN: Fit for 55 – not fit for purpose

Richard Lockhart in Edinburgh September 30, 2022

The EU’s Fitfor55 efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by 55% by 2030 are woefully inadequate and unable to contain global warming to the 1.5°C target, with reductions of up to 77% needed instead to stand any chance of averting a climate catastrophe.

More pain stored up for Emerging Europe in 2023

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2022

Government efforts to shield populations from the energy crisis and rampant inflation have shifted the economic impact to next year, says the EBRD as it downgrades GDP growth forecasts for 2023.

Slovenian government to hike spending over next two years

bne IntelliNews September 28, 2022

Higher spending and bigger deficits planned in 2023 and 2014 budgets as Ljubljana tries to mitigate the economic fallout from the war in Ukraine.

EBRD: Reduced gas supplies and inflation to slow growth further in EBRD regions

EBRD September 28, 2022

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) projects growth in its region will slow as a result of gas supply problems that are feeding an energy crisis. The bank says growth will slow to 2.3% in 2022 in its region and 3% in 2023.

BRUEGEL: National policies to shield consumers from rising energy prices

Giovanni Sgaravatti for Bruegel, Simone Tagliapietra for Bruegel, Georg Zachmann for Bruegel September 26, 2022

The current increase in wholesale energy prices in Europe has prompted governments to try to shield consumers from the direct impact of an energy crisis that is sweeping the Continent and the rising prices that are costing hundreds of billions.

Desperate Southeast Europe governments scramble for energy resources

bne IntelliNews September 23, 2022

Facing a cold winter, Southeast European countries look to coal from Indonesia, gas from Azerbaijan and oil from Iran.

Energy crisis: Europe’s industry shutting down

Ben Aris in Berlin September 20, 2022

Dozens of plants across a diverse range of industries such as steel, aluminium, fertilisers and the power industry have been forced to close up shop as sky-high gas and power prices make their businesses lossmaking.

Former Czech premier Babis invests in Slovenian capital

Albin Sybera September 20, 2022

Babis' Hartenberg vehicle has invested tens of millions of euros alongside Corwin since last year to tap its green approach to real estate development.