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  1. beyondbrics

    April 11, 2014

    Seeing red over green light for golf in Croatia

    By Guy Norton of bne in Zagreb If there’s a subject guaranteed to provoke impassioned debate in Croatia, it’s golf. Millions...

  2. March 23, 2014

    Peter Long, Tui Travel

    No business sector is more sensitive to crises than travel. They arrive with alarming frequency and when least expected,...

  3. March 9, 2014

    Serbia deserves its EU dream

    Viewed from the Balkans, the revolution in Ukraine and Russia’s military intervention are a vivid reminder of how violent...

  4. The World

    March 6, 2014

    Croatia's EU funds choice: dirty or clean

    Orient Express I was passing through eastern Croatia the other day and found myself in Vinkovci, a pleasant town not far...

  5. March 2, 2014

    Erste Bank: CEE-zure

    It’s magic. At Hogwarts, students learn to transfigure one object into another. After announcing full-year earnings on...

  6. February 3, 2014

    Corruption in the EU costs business €120bn a year, study finds

    Corruption has increased since the sovereign debt crisis hit the eurozone and costs the EU economy about €120bn a year in...

  7. beyondbrics

    January 24, 2014

    Croatia downgraded by S&P: harsh?

    Six years of recession and government “inertia” are taking their toll on the EU’s newest member, according to Standard &...

  8. beyondbrics

    January 15, 2014

    CEE outlook: much like its weather

    The weather in central Europe tends to be unspectacular but not unpleasant; the region’s economic forecasts for 2014 are...

  9. beyondbrics

    January 15, 2014

    Guest post: rising stars of the CEE

    By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank Emerging Europe has led the way so far in 2014 in new eurobond issues, with successful...

  10. beyondbrics

    December 18, 2013

    Guest post: reshaping the gas map of central Europe

    By Jarosław Ćwiek-Karpowicz and Dariusz Kałan of PISM The tug-of-war between the European Union and Russia over Ukraine has...

  11. beyondbrics

    December 14, 2013

    The Weekender, December 14

    The week in emerging markets, including our most read, five things we have learned and some long reads for the weekend. Plus...

  12. beyondbrics

    December 11, 2013

    Croatia and Slovenia struggling to make headway

    Croatia’s accession to the European Union on July 1 may have been hugely significant for a country putting years of...

  13. December 8, 2013

    Mol dispute takes another twist with Budapest lawsuit

    The battle between Hungarian oil and gas producer Mol and the Croatian government for control of the Adriatic country’s...

  14. December 6, 2013

    World Cup draw sets the field for football’s big event

    Brazil are to open the 2014 football World Cup with a match against Croatia, the tournament’s organising body Fifa announced...

  15. December 3, 2013

    Brazil’s economy grows less than expected

    It has been a muted start to the holiday season with retail sales easing off in a number of countries, while Brazil’s...

  16. November 27, 2013

    Mol takes Zagreb to arbitration over Ina

    Mol, the Hungarian oil and gas company, has launched arbitration proceedings against the Croatian government for allegedly...

  17. beyondbrics

    November 24, 2013

    The week ahead: Nov 25-30

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Putin visits the Pope and the EU eastern partnership summit in Lithuania: Georgia and...

  18. November 22, 2013

    German business confidence grows while Italians spend less

    Another day, another sign of the diverging fortunes of the eurozone. Friday brought some healthy confidence figures from...

  19. beyondbrics

    November 13, 2013

    CNN affiliate attacks Serbia's new media law

    A CNN affiliate has launched a broadside against the Serbian government over a draft law that it says restricts media...

  20. FT Photo Diary

    October 22, 2013

    Bayern players warm up

    Matthias Schrader/AP Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic of Croatia (left) and teammate Daniel van Buyten, of Belgium, stretch...

  21. beyondbrics

    October 21, 2013

    Croatia Airlines sale: change in the air?

    Just days before Serbia unveils its rebranded flag carrier in partnership with the UAE’s Etihad, Croatia has announced that...

  22. October 17, 2013

    Mol-Ina marriage descends into acrimony

    The battle between Hungary’s Mol and Croatia’s Ina for control of the latter ranks as one of Europe’s most bitterly fought –...

  23. beyondbrics

    October 15, 2013

    Poland: swiss franc loans come back to bite

    When Tomasz Sadlik took out his mortgage in 2007 to buy a Krakow office for his translation business he needed to borrow...

  24. October 7, 2013

    Orbán’s talk of friendship does little to resolve Mol-Ina dispute

    For Viktor Orbán, the trenchant Hungarian prime minister who has long championed the expansion of “strong Magyar companies”...

  25. beyondbrics

    October 3, 2013

    Hungary-Croatia: truce over Ina?

    Mol, the Hungarian oil and gas group, offered what appears to be an olive branch to Croatia on Thursday in the ongoing row...

  26. beyondbrics

    September 29, 2013

    Week ahead: Sep 30 - Oct 4

    The week ahead in emerging markets: A busy start to the week with a slew of economic data coming out on Monday and Tuesday....

  27. September 27, 2013

    Croatian court issues detention order for Mol’s executive chairman

    A Croatian court on Friday issued a detention order for the executive chairman of Mol, the Hungarian energy group, adding a...

  28. beyondbrics

    September 26, 2013

    CEE distiller Stock Spirits to IPO in London

    By Nicholas Watson of bne Stock Spirits Group is preparing an IPO on the London Stock Exchange which it hopes will raise...

  29. September 25, 2013

    Croatia gives way to Brussels on extradition law

    Croatia backed down on Wednesday over a law blocking the extradition of its citizens, including the former head of...

  30. beyondbrics

    September 20, 2013

    Fitch downgrades Croatia: firmly back into junk

    Ouch. The investment grade party is definitely over for Croatia. Rating agency Fitch has downgraded it to BB+, putting it...

  31. September 18, 2013

    EU threatens to withhold funds for Croatia in extradition dispute

    The EU has moved to withhold funds from Croatia in an attempt to force its newest member state to amend an extradition law...

  32. beyondbrics

    September 13, 2013

    Hungary: wine festival stumbles upon success

    Hungarian vintners will be hoping for sun this weekend – not because of any harvest considerations, but because it’s the...

  33. September 11, 2013

    Graham Poll interview: final whistle leads to new career

    Former top-class referee Graham Poll was almost lost to the world of football – because he was so successful in his day job....

  34. beyondbrics

    September 2, 2013

    Guest post: Moldova's European ambitions

    By Iurie Leanca, Prime Minister of Moldova Moldova has had a troubled path since gaining independence from the Soviet Union...

  35. beyondbrics

    July 28, 2013

    Week ahead, Jul 28 - Aug 2

    The week ahead in emerging markets: elections in Zimbabwe, Mali and Pakistan. Company results from P&G, Reckitt Benckiser...

  36. July 19, 2013

    Short cuts: Travel news and inspiration

    Paris Onefinestay, a pioneering home-rental business set up in London in 2009, has announced it is to launch in Paris in...

  37. July 11, 2013

    Financial hardship drives Europe’s fertility rate down

    The recent economic crisis has caused fertility in Europe to decline, particularly among younger workers experiencing the...

  38. beyondbrics

    July 2, 2013

    Further reading: back to the past

    Tuesday’s picks from beyondbrics: normal life has returned to the emerging markets, says Ruchir Sharma, as Joe Biden...

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