Investing in Central and Eastern Europe

The fundamental outlook in the region remains relatively robust


Central & Eastern Europe
Sochi 2014 will be the most expensive Olympics in history, with the cost expected to top $50bn. But despite its huge budget, the winter event faces challenges
A huge drive is underway to extract the gas, raising the tantalising prospect of a break in the country’s energy dependence on neighbouring Russia
Connected Europe
Citizens and entrepreneurs are reaping benefits from the Baltic state’s 1996 ‘Tiger’s Leap’ technology programme

Central and eastern Europe: Automotive and manufacturing

International jostling for manufacturing deals grows more competitive

A worker operates in the blast furnace in Voestalpine AG's steel plant in Linz, Austria, on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
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Doing Business in Austria

Progress in improving the country’s fiscal performance has arguably been too slow

Investing in Poland

After 25 years of democracy and a decade of EU membership, Warsaw faces political uncertainty and economic challenges

Vienna as a Business Location

Financial crisis has arrived, but Austria’s capital is reinventing itself

Central and Eastern Europe: Emerging Industries

The region’s start-ups have exciting ideas but a lack of finance and support can hold them back

Illustration for Central and Eastern Europe Property April 2015 special report by James Fryer
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Central & Eastern Europe: Property

As Warsaw’s market cools, developers are betting that capital will spread around the region

Investing in the Czech Republic

The nation is very aware of its position as an ‘almost-emerged’ economy


Since the end of communist rule 25 years ago, rapid growth has transformed a country that now needs to consolidate

Vienna as a Financial Centre

The eastern exposure of the city’s banks has again emerged as a cause for concern

Connected: Central and Eastern Europe

Despite economic gains across the region, many fear that integration has slowed


The nation has plenty of pressing domestic concerns as it starts out on the long road to joining the 28-member bloc

Central & eastern Europe: Energy and infrastructure

The region has recognised it has to update its energy and transport infrastructure if it is to end its reliance on Russian supplies and become more competitive

Central & eastern Europe: Technology and innovation

Innovation in IT is replacing the heavy industries of the Soviet era, but there must be a radical change of approach, starting with education, if start-ups are to last

Republic of Macedonia

EU membership eludes Macedonia but it has raced up the World Bank’s annual global survey on ‘ease of doing business’

New Trade Routes: Russia

Reform not political imperative will help boost the country’s place in the global economy

Central & eastern Europe: Banking and finance

Pick-up in global trade predicted to accelerate growth and boost outlook for financial sector, with greater focus on local currency funding


A sense of progress is evident despite slow post-crisis growth and the need to rein in public finances

Investing in Russia

It is becoming clear that the flirtation with political reform under Dmitry Medvedev was simply a brief deviation


Kiev finds itself caught between the east and the west as elections loom


In September 2011, the president’s days as leader seemed limited only by his lifespan. They now seem numbered


Nation making strides thanks to Euro 2012 and EU money but headwinds are rising

Warsaw as a Financial Centre

Poland has been more successful than most regional rivals in developing a sector with a wider reach

Central and eastern Europe: Banking and finance

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

Investing in Poland

Civic Platform party won a strong mandate in recent elections. Will the government now tackle thorny problems?