Poland

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

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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
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Citizens and entrepreneurs are reaping benefits from the Baltic state’s 1996 ‘Tiger’s Leap’ technology programme

Vienna as a Financial Centre

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

Central & eastern Europe: Property

The flow of investment into Warsaw and other cities in the region is gathering pace

Connected: Central and Eastern Europe

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

Investing in Poland

The government has acted swiftly to reverse sluggish growth, though support has waned for prime minister Donald Tusk

Investing in Central and Eastern Europe

As several countries in the region near their 10th anniversary in the EU, they are no longer seen as emerging markets

Doing Business in Austria

Despite the outward trappings of economic success, structural changes are urgently needed

Serbia

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’

Central & eastern Europe: Automotive and manufacturing

The region has learnt that investment can never be taken for granted. The next hurdle is to shift towards indigenous technology and innovation

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

Bulgaria

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

Ukraine

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

Russia

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

Poland

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?

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