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    Estonia’s Cassandra finally gets message across on Russia

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  1. beyondbrics

    April 14, 2014

    New York morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * Pro-Russia separatists defy Ukraine deadline | Pro-Russia separatists occupying government buildings in...

  2. April 11, 2014

    Spotlight shifts to Estonia town if Russia tests Nato’s mettle

    Fjodor Santsev can see Russia from the window of the building where he works. On his side of the river lies Narva, the...

  3. April 9, 2014

    Baltics urge Nato to base permanent force in region

    The three Baltic countries are urging Nato to base land forces permanently in the region to show Russia that the military...

  4. March 27, 2014

    Baltic states pledge more defence spending as US presses allies

    Latvia and Lithuania became the first European countries to announce big increases in their military spending following the...

  5. March 21, 2014

    Putin bites at the west where his predecessors growled

    In the antechamber of Vladimir Putin’s presidential office in the Kremlin hangs a large portrait of Nicholas I, who ruled...

  6. March 16, 2014

    Nato websites disabled by cyber attack on eve of Crimea vote

    Websites belonging to Nato and the alliance’s Estonia-based cyber defence “centre of excellence” were forced offline by a...

  7. beyondbrics

    March 13, 2014

    London morning espresso

    ** FT News ** * US warns Russia of Crimea poll reprisals | Moscow deploys fighter jets to Belarus after Washington moves...

  8. March 12, 2014

    Crimea occupation casts shadow of 1940 over Baltic nations

    Russia’s occupation of Crimea has drawn plenty of historical comparisons from the build-up to the first world war in 1914...

  9. beyondbrics

    March 10, 2014

    Front-line Baltics keep a wary eye on Crimea

    By Mike Collier of bne in Riga With the Russian military heading westwards in a move similar to the ”invited annexation”...

  10. March 7, 2014

    Central and eastern European leaders see Russian fears confirmed

    For some central and eastern European political leaders, the Kremlin’s military intervention in Ukraine serves as powerful...

  11. beyondbrics

    March 2, 2014

    The week ahead, Mar 3-9

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Ashton in Kiev; China’s NPC kicks off; Pistorius on trial; it’s Carnival! Monday, March...

  12. February 12, 2014

    Eurozone industrial production falls

    Chinese trade figures left economy watchers more mystified than usual during the beginning of the year as the new year...

  13. beyondbrics

    February 11, 2014

    Guest post: Emerging Europe needs demand stimulus

    By Liviu Voinea, Minister Delegate for Budget, Romania The recent turmoil in some emerging markets sharpens a focus on...

  14. January 14, 2014

    Lithuania’s Algirdas Butkevicius promises to join euro or resign

    The prime minister of Lithuania has staked his job on the Baltic country successfully joining the euro next year in a bid to...

  15. December 16, 2013

    Self-help required for central and eastern Europe

    In the early 1990s Václav Havel, the late playwright and dissident turned Czech president, referred to the collapse of...

  16. December 8, 2013

    Reasons not to fear Shanghai’s superchildren

    You may never have heard of Andreas Schleicher, a placid German who wouldn’t look out of place as the reliable engineer in...

  17. beyondbrics

    December 3, 2013

    Hungary on the upswing but corruption remains a problem

    Hungary has been pumping out the positive spin on economic news for over a year now. Back then it was surely premature, but...

  18. November 27, 2013

    Bercow outlines plans to allow online voting

    British voters could soon be allowed to cast their general election ballot online under plans being pushed by John Bercow,...

  19. beyondbrics

    November 19, 2013

    OECD: US may lose the least from future EM slowdown

    It turns out the OECD’s May forecasts (made days after hints of tapering) were off… by quite a lot. On Tuesday, the body...

  20. November 5, 2013

    China’s PMI puzzle, UK and Brazil rebound

    The UK’s Purchasing Managers Index started the fourth quarter on a 16-year high, with service sector activity growing at its...

  21. beyondbrics

    November 4, 2013

    Further reading: Xi's great test

    Monday’s reads from the beyondbrics team: Xi’s pivotal plenum; the trouble with Brazilian oil; Asia Inc’s debt; 10 Asian...

  22. October 14, 2013

    Food prices push up inflation in China and India

    Surges in the cost of food in Asia have pushed up inflation, and debate is heating up over how dangerous that is. Better...

  23. October 4, 2013

    Consumer prices surge in Uruguay

    A rather quiet end to the week, especially as the US shutdown means the all-important non-farm payrolls report will not be...

  24. September 9, 2013

    Healthcare workers in demand across EU despite eurozone crisis

    Healthcare workers remain in demand across the EU despite the eurozone’s continuing economic crisis, according to a study of...

  25. September 1, 2013

    Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Usher Hall, Edinburgh – review

    With its superbly trained amateur chorus, the Edinburgh International Festival has never wanted for choral concerts, but the...

  26. FT Data

    July 30, 2013

    Immigrants: demographics and need

    For all the antipathy that migrants are generating in Europe, a look at the numbers suggests they may be sorely needed. In...

  27. July 9, 2013

    Latvia to become eurozone’s 18th member

    Just five years after a wrenching fiscal crisis that nearly forced it to unpeg its currency from the euro, Latvia was...

  28. June 8, 2013

    Copyright: Legislation offers protective hand to design talent

    Theo Fennell, the British jeweller, says he feels like Cliff Richard, the veteran British pop singer. He is referring to UK...

  29. May 24, 2013

    The dismal science of Baltic bubblenomics

    A few lonely economists have tried from the beginning to point out that this fixation is all wrong, that deficit spending is...

  30. May 19, 2013

    Interview, Neeme Järvi, conductor

    The rehearsal has ended an hour early. The entire orchestra disappears for lunch, and Neeme Järvi, seated in the conductor’s...

  31. May 9, 2013

    Monetary union: Eurozone membership pros and cons

    Czech Republic The Czech Republic is cautious about joining the euro, with political elites on both the left and the right...

  32. Martin Wolf's Exchange

    May 8, 2013

    An outbreak of frugality across the eurozone

    My column this week was on Germany’s attempt to export the German model throughout the eurozone. Here is some additional...

  33. April 30, 2013

    Why the Baltic states are no model

    The idea that suffering is good for both the soul and the economy is widely held. To “austerians”, a financial crisis is a...

  34. April 23, 2013

    Latvia: Reaching for the euro

    In a smoky bar in one of Riga’s narrow, cobbled streets, a television is tuned to a report on the electoral deadlock in...

  35. beyondbrics

    April 23, 2013

    [video] Estonia's euro advice for Latvia

    Latvia hopes to become the 18th EU member state to join the eurozone. Estonia became the 17th in 2011. The FT’s Nordic and...

  36. March 21, 2013

    Irish growth bucks eurozone trend

    Ireland’s economy grew for a second year in succession last year as the country continued to recover from a deep financial...

  37. beyondbrics

    March 4, 2013

    Latvia goes for the euro

    Premier Dombrovskis A vote of confidence in the euro: Latvia on Monday formally decided to join the troubled common...

  38. February 27, 2013

    Women’s hourly pay lags 19% behind men’s

    Hourly pay rates for UK women are lagging 19.5 per cent behind those of men, a wider gap than the 16.2 per cent EU average,...

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