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The region relies on older members of the EU to buy its exports and provide capital

Prospects depend on western support

The region relies on older members of the EU to buy its exports and provide capital

Banking: Poles, Czechs and Slovaks form regional super-sector

The three core countries have profitable and well-capitalised institutions, writes Jan Cienski

Financial centres: Vienna and Warsaw vie for pre-eminence

Other capitals have tried to compete but have proved too small and poorly regulated, writes Jan Cienski

Russia: State-run ‘elephants’ are developing agility

VTB and Sberbank have become much more client-friendly and their access to funding is vastly superior to private competitors, writes Courtney Weaver

Stefan Petkov

Business education: MBAs evolve from exotic flower status

A homegrown sector has emerged, says Kester Eddy

Real estate: Economic fears curtail market resurgence

Rents in euros have made investment in retail property more popular, says Jan Cienski

Financial support: Tough battle to keep cash flowing in

Vienna Initiative prevented a ‘rush to the exit’, writes Neil Buckley

Hungary: Institutions complain of ‘brutal’ treatment

The economic crisis coupled with policies of the centre-right government have had a severe impact, says Kester Eddy

Regional investors: Private equity now focuses on safety of Polish havens

Broader interest is in commercial property, says Jan Cienski

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