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    1. beyondbrics

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      Guest post: Hungary is ready for an upgrade

      By Zsolt Kuti and Imre Ligeti of the National Bank of Hungary The upgrades in Hungary’s credit outlook last year, first by...

    2. February 25, 2015

      Wave of Kosovan migration sparks unease in European capitals

      It took seven years after Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia for Besim Aaliti to conclude that Europe’s newest...

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    1. February 25, 2015

      Wizz Air shares rise after delayed flotation

      Shares in Wizz Air increased from £11.50 to £12.25 by midday in the low-cost carrier’s initial public offering on Wednesday....

    2. beyondbrics

      February 24, 2015

      Guest post: Putin's visit to Hungary raised more questions than it provided answers

      By Krisztián Szabados and Péter Krekó of the Political Capital Institute Last week’s guest post by Balázs Orbán on Hungary’s...

    3. February 23, 2015

      DS Smith snaps up Duropack for €300m

      DS Smith, a UK-based manufacturer of corrugated cardboard and plastic packaging, has agreed a €300m deal for Duropack, a...

    4. February 23, 2015

      Hungary’s Fidesz party loses supermajority

      Hungary’s governing Fidesz party has lost its two-thirds supermajority in parliament, suffering a surprise defeat in a...

    5. February 22, 2015

      Hungary-Russia nuclear power deal faces Brussels roadblock

      Hungary’s deal to award up to €12bn in nuclear power contracts to a Russian state-owned company is facing a growing threat...

    6. February 20, 2015

      Europe must act in unison against a revisionist Russia

      In an open letter to the Obama administration in July 2009, a group of eminent public figures from central and eastern...

    7. FT Photo Diary

      February 18, 2015

      Zodiacal light and the Milky Way

      Zodiacal light (L) and the Milky Way (R) as seen from Salgótarján, 109km northeast of Budapest, Hungary. The cone-shaped...

    8. The World

      February 18, 2015

      Putin and his many pals

      In the West, Vladimir Putin is often viewed as something of an international pariah. Shift your perspective, however, and it...

    9. February 17, 2015

      Orban defies EU to host Putin in Hungary

      Viktor Orban rose to fame in a live television appearance in 1989 when he demanded that Soviet troops leave Hungary so it...

    10. beyondbrics

      February 16, 2015

      Guest post: Hungary tries to balance between Russia and EU

      By Balázs Orbán, Századvég Foundation Hungary’s foreign policy machine is up, running and making waves: in a matter of...

    11. beyondbrics

      February 11, 2015

      Hungary's hauliers take the heat of quick decision making

      Before Hungary’s general election last April, Viktor Orban, the prime minister, began to laud the advantages of a two-thirds...

    12. February 9, 2015

      Hungary deepens control of banking sector

      Austria’s Erste Group is poised to sell up to 30 per cent of its Hungarian operations to the Hungarian government and the...

    13. beyondbrics

      February 4, 2015

      Turkish lira slides again: have investors overdone their overweights?

      The Turkish lira went on a fresh slide on Wednesday, adding to its losses over the past fortnight. Investors have no doubt...

    14. beyondbrics

      February 3, 2015

      bb review: Hungarian Politics in 2014

      Hungarian politics, like the Hungarian language, tends to be a mystery to outsiders at the best of times. The arrival of the...

    15. February 1, 2015

      Thousands protest in Hungary against pro-Putin policy of Viktor Orban

      Thousands of people took to the streets of Budapest on Sunday in a demonstration against Viktor Orban’s pro-Russian...

    16. January 30, 2015

      Germany suspends minimum wage for foreign truck drivers

      Germany bowed to pressure from its eastern neighbours on Friday and suspended applying its newly enacted €8.50 an hour...

    17. January 28, 2015

      Beware Hungary’s cure for the Swiss franc mortgages hangover

      When the Swiss National Bank scrapped its cap on the Swiss franc two weeks ago and sent the currency soaring, authorities in...

    18. beyondbrics

      January 28, 2015

      Don't write off the EM consumer

      Russia’s economy is heading for a deep recession this year. Brazil is stagnating and China’s dynamism is dissipating,...

    19. beyondbrics

      January 20, 2015

      Mercedes builds on "trust" in Hungary

      Mercedes-Benz launched production of its new compact CLA Shooting Brake at Kecskemét, central Hungary, on Tuesday, with...

    20. The World

      January 16, 2015

      Orbanomics wins praise for protecting mortgage owners

      Hungary’s Viktor Orban has long been criticised for his war against the country’s troubled banks – since 2010, he has...

    21. beyondbrics

      January 16, 2015

      Hungary's great Swiss franc escape

      Those who relish irony will have found much to savour in the Swiss central bank’s actions on Thursday when, as Mohamed...

    22. FT Alphaville

      January 16, 2015

      FirstFT (the 6am Cut)

      Sign up here to receive the email. Asian markets have been roiled by Switzerland’s central bank scrapping the Swiss franc’s...

    23. FT Alphaville

      January 15, 2015

      Stop worrying about Swiss franc mortgages in Poland

      The Swiss franc gained about 23 per cent today against the Polish zloty. That should be good news for Polish manufacturers,...

    24. January 15, 2015

      Swiss move hits Polish and Hungarian borrowers

      The abrupt move by Switzerland’s central bank to abandon its policy of restraining the franc sparked a financial rout on...

    25. beyondbrics

      January 15, 2015

      Hungary and Poland: where the Swiss franc bites

      This is what happened to the Hungarian forint and the Polish zloty, measured against the euro, after the Swiss central bank...

    26. January 13, 2015

      Budapest: a lively start-up ecosystem on the Danube

      Population: 1.74m Investment in start-ups in 2014: $68m Average monthly pay for head software developer: $3,150 Divided by...

    27. beyondbrics

      January 7, 2015

      Forint's slide confounds Hungary's positive economic data

      It’s early days in 2015 but already there is positive news on Hungary, at least according to official government sources....

    28. beyondbrics

      December 30, 2014

      EM portfolio flows suffer sharpest slump since "taper tantrum"

      Portfolio flows into emerging markets (EM) suffered their sharpest slump in December since the 2013 “taper tantrum” as the...

    29. December 15, 2014

      Hungary to force supermarkets to close on Sundays

      Large supermarkets in Hungary will be forced to shut their doors on Sundays, under the latest unorthodox economic measure by...

    30. December 10, 2014

      Hungary cannot bank on state ownership

      The long saga of the Hungarian government’s battle with the country’s banks is entering its final act — and may end in a...

    31. December 9, 2014

      Hungary and Russia confirm nuclear deal

      Hungary awarded nuclear energy contracts worth at least €6bn to a Russian state owned company on Tuesday, formalising a...

    32. December 8, 2014

      EU’s eastern members plot joint raid on €315bn Juncker fund

      Central European countries are planning to combine forces to target the EU’s proposed new €315bn investment fund to join up...

    33. Nick Butler

      December 7, 2014

      A passage to India — Putin goes to New Delhi

      Russia’s President Vladimir Putin heads to New Delhi next weekend and will sign a deal with India on energy supply, marking...

    34. December 3, 2014

      Hungary calls in US envoy over ‘unacceptable’ comments by McCain

      Hungary’s government summoned a senior US envoy on Tuesday over critical comments made by Senator John McCain in the latest...

    35. FT Alphaville

      December 3, 2014

      FirstFt (the new Lunch Wrap)

      Bhopal remembered, Iran strikes Isis and Martin Wolf welcomes oil price fall Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary say they had no...

    36. December 2, 2014

      Anger and dismay as Russia scraps $50bn gas plan

      Eastern European nations reacted with shock and anger to Russia’s decision to abandon South Stream, its $50bn gas pipeline...

    37. FT Alphaville

      November 27, 2014

      Welfare spending across the OECD

      The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has a new report out summarising data from its “social expenditure...

    38. beyondbrics

      November 27, 2014

      Guest post: Hungary's low lending rates are not a supply side problem

      By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank A new initiative by the government of Viktor Orban in Hungary appears to be “right-sizing”...

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