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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. Central Eastern Europe: Property

    The flow of investment into Warsaw and other cities in the region is gathering pace...
  2. Central & eastern Europe: Banking and Finance 2013

    The shadows that gathered last year have started to recede. The banking sector has sho...
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  1. April 7, 2014

    Latvia property offers stable growth prospects

    The Baltic state of Latvia endured a harsh recession following the global financial crisis, with 25 per cent pay cuts in the...

  2. March 30, 2014

    Latvia’s Russians express dissatisfaction

    Jurmala is the perfect illustration of Latvia’s complicated relationship with Russia. The seaside town, 30km from the...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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”...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. December 30, 2013

    Latvia sees joining euro as extra protection against Russia

    Latvia’s finance minister has made a staunch defence of its decision to join the euro on January 1, arguing that Russia’s...

  13. 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...

  14. December 10, 2013

    Chinese hackers accused of accessing European ministries

    Chinese hackers broke into the computer systems of five European governments ahead of the G20 summit in September, according...

  15. November 27, 2013

    Latvia PM Dombrovskis resigns over Riga supermarket roof collapse

    Valdis Dombrovskis resigned as Latvia’s prime minister on Wednesday, taking “full responsibility” for the supermarket roof...

  16. November 22, 2013

    Latvia begins three days of mourning after store collapse tragedy

    Rescuers in Latvia were searching for survivors on Friday after at least 53 people were killed when the roof of a...

  17. November 20, 2013

    EU to lose sixth of young workers by 2025, study says

    The EU stands to lose about a sixth of its younger working-age population by 2025 if there is no further immigration to the...

  18. beyondbrics

    November 12, 2013

    Latvia: closing the door to Europe?

    Gateway to Europe no more? What do you do if you have a Russian passport, available funds, and want to get long-term travel...

  19. October 18, 2013

    First Person: Honor Harger

    The first time I heard sounds from space was in 2001. I was in western Latvia working with a 32-metre parabolic dish called...

  20. 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...

  21. October 13, 2013

    Blame Europe’s policy makers for lost growth

    The most frequent sentiment among readers these days is this: surely the years before 2008 were a bubble? In those giddy...

  22. FT Alphaville

    September 20, 2013

    Further weekend reading

    - Paul Krugman and The Economist on the lessons of Latvia. - An economist corners the market on global cartels (HT Tyler...

  23. beyondbrics

    September 20, 2013

    Latvia: a lesson to us all? New pro and new con

    Latvia is a small country perched on the northern fringe of the European Union but its remarkable experience during the...

  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. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. beyondbrics

    July 10, 2013

    London headlines

    * China trade numbers suggest deeper slowdown * KKR raises record $6bn for second Asian buyout fund * Cukurova wins legal...

  28. 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...

  29. beyondbrics

    June 6, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Erdogan to return home to face Turkish unrest * Global stocks at six-week lows * China claims ‘mountains of data’ on cyber...

  30. beyondbrics

    June 6, 2013

    London headlines

    * China claims ‘mountains of data’ on cyber attacks by US * Argentina lifts freeze on Chevron assets in Lago Agrio case *...

  31. June 5, 2013

    Latvia set to join eurozone next year

    Brussels has given the green light to Latvia to become the 18th country to adopt the euro, despite concerns at the European...

  32. beyondbrics

    June 4, 2013

    New York headlines

    * Shares rebound as yen slides * Turkey: markets up but fears persist * BASF bets big on Asia-Pacific * China plans...

  33. beyondbrics

    June 4, 2013

    London headlines

    * Turkey’s stocks suffer worst fall in a decade * China plans multimillion Ethiopia investment * Lonmin mine shootings raise...

  34. June 3, 2013

    Brussels to recommend Latvia becomes 18th member of currency bloc

    Brussels on Wednesday will recommend that Latvia from next year becomes the 18th country to adopt the euro despite lingering...

  35. beyondbrics

    May 29, 2013

    Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia leave EC excessive deficit procedure; not so Poland

    Time to loosen those belts, as the European Commission let a host of CEE countries out from under its excessive deficit...

  36. 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...

  37. May 24, 2013

    All the world’s a beach

    In the United Kingdom, one is never more than 75 miles away from the coast. With this much shoreline, it’s not surprising...

  38. 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...

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