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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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,...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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....

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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”...

    19. November 20, 2014

      Ukraine takes its toll on Raiffeisen Bank

      Raiffeisen Bank International posted a €119m net loss in the third quarter, as tensions in Ukraine and problems in Hungary...

    20. November 13, 2014

      RTL hurt by Hungary’s advertising tax

      A tax on advertising revenues brought in by Hungary’s government, and criticised as an attempt to stifle media freedom, has...

    21. November 13, 2014

      Russian aggression revives sanctions support in eastern Europe

      Mounting evidence of a Russian military intervention in war-torn Ukraine is stiffening the spines of some eastern European...

    22. November 13, 2014

      European migrants fill UK sandwich maker’s staff gap

      Jobs making sandwiches overnight in a Northampton factory for the minimum wage do not appeal much to local workers but are...

    23. November 11, 2014

      Young rebels upset politics in central and eastern Europe

      Kacper Poblocki began his political journey five years ago protecting public parks in the Polish city of Poznan from being...

    24. November 10, 2014

      Markets welcome Hungary’s forex loan conversion plan

      Markets gave a cautious welcome on Monday to the Hungarian government’s conversion programme for up to €9bn worth of...

    25. November 9, 2014

      Hungary agrees official foreign exchange mortgage conversion rate

      Borrowers in Hungary will be able to convert foreign exchange mortgages into Hungarian forints at the November 7 market...

    26. November 5, 2014

      Hungary paves way for Gazprom pipeline

      Hungary’s government has shrugged off warnings from Brussels over building a Kremlin-backed gas pipeline – passing a law...

    27. November 5, 2014

      Broker push helps Vodafone higher

      A push from its joint house broker helped lift Vodafone to a six-week high on Wednesday. UBS argued that Vodafone could...

    28. November 5, 2014

      Fall of Berlin Wall remains region’s best chance to heal wounds

      In his new book The Trouble with History, Adam Michnik, a courageous Polish dissident intellectual under communism, writes:...

    29. November 3, 2014

      Brody Studios, Budapest

      Where: Vörösmarty utca 38 WiFi: Yes Plug sockets: Yes Price of espresso: Ft350 ($1.44) Open: Tue - Sat 9am - 7pm/latePrivacy...

    30. October 31, 2014

      Hungary abandons controversial internet tax plan

      Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban on Friday abandoned a controversial plan for the world’s first internet tax following...

    31. October 28, 2014

      Days of impulse and quiet repression in Orban’s illiberal democracy

      The biggest and fastest mass response to government action in Hungary in recent years has been the protest, organised on...

    32. October 28, 2014

      Russian government behind cyber attacks, says security group

      Russian state-backed cyber spies are behind co-ordinated, sophisticated digital attacks in the past two years against...

    33. beyondbrics

      October 28, 2014

      Guest post: panic and volatility offer opportunities for unconstrained investors

      By Michael Hasenstab of Franklin Templeton A key dynamic that we have observed during 2013 and 2014 is periods of...

    34. October 27, 2014

      Hungary grapples with cost of ‘Orbanomics’

      Viktor Orban presided over commemorations of Hungary’s 1956 uprising against Communism last week as the country’s...

    35. October 22, 2014

      Hungary to impose world’s first internet tax

      Hungary is preparing to impose the world’s first tax on internet usage in the latest example of the unorthodox economic...

    36. October 21, 2014

      Europe needs the will to build an energy union

      The EU’s 28 member states face many challenges if they are to revive Europe’s sluggish economy. One of the most important –...

    37. October 19, 2014

      Eastern Europe attacks planned EU emissions curbs

      The EU’s plan to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 has come under heavy assault as an increasing number of eastern...

    38. October 16, 2014

      Hungary questions EU sanctions on Russia

      Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjártó has criticised the EU’s policy of sanctions against Russia, questioning their...

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