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  1. September 19, 2014

    Hiking the Carpathian Mountains

    At almost 88, wearing homemade clothes and woolly socks, Ileana still looks defiant. She and her husband are typical of...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    September 8, 2014

    Praying for the Virgin Mary

    Vadim Ghirda/AP A Romanian Roma man teaches his son to pray during a religious service celebrating the Birth of the Virgin...

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  1. Bulgaria 2012

    A sense of progress is evident despite slow post-crisis growth and the need to rein in...
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  1. August 28, 2014

    EU influx pushes net migration to highest level since 2011

    David Cameron’s promise to cut UK immigration to the “tens of thousands” by the next election has been derailed by a surge...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    August 13, 2014

    Romanian jumper

    Phil Noble/Reuters Mihai Donisan of Romania competes in the men’s high jump during the European Athletics Championships at...

  3. beyondbrics

    August 12, 2014

    EM export surge reveals split in fortunes

    Emerging market (EM) economies are rebounding from an export malaise that has marred their fortunes since early 2012 and...

  4. FT Alphaville

    August 11, 2014

    Illiberating Hungary

    There has been a lot of international politics around, so it may have been easy to miss events in one of Europe’s smaller...

  5. beyondbrics

    August 5, 2014

    Currency stability key in Romanian rate cut

    Negligible inflation and a desire to maintain exchange rate stability in spite of capital inflows were the key factors...

  6. August 3, 2014

    Austrian banks adapt central and eastern Europe model

    In the years before the financial crisis, the markets of central and eastern Europe were money-spinners for Austria’s big...

  7. beyondbrics

    July 31, 2014

    Erste turns to loss as crisis legacy problems plague CEE banking

    By Nicholas Watson of bne in Vienna The hits on emerging Europe’s banks continue to come thick and fast as legacy problems...

  8. July 31, 2014

    Erste swings to €1bn net loss after Romania writedown

    Erste Group reported a €1.03bn net loss in the second quarter, as it wrote down its Romanian business and set aside money to...

  9. The World

    July 30, 2014

    Viktor Orban's illiberal world

    Viktor Orban, the prime minister of Hungary, has just cemented his reputation as the problem child of the European Union...

  10. July 16, 2014

    Potential for crisis aftershocks at eastern European banks

    Does the danger of a new banking crisis lurk in central and eastern Europe? Investors are certainly skittish after several...

  11. Brussels Blog

    July 7, 2014

    Carbon emissions and the Polish Puzzle

    The Belchatow power station in central Poland, one of the largest coal-burning plants in the world While Brussels winds down...

  12. July 4, 2014

    Central European bank shares plunge on Erste warning

    Shares in Erste Group plunged 15 per cent on Friday after the Austrian lender said that problems in Hungary and Romania...

  13. July 3, 2014

    Erste Group warns of €1.6bn loss

    Erste Group warned that it will make a net loss of up to €1.6bn this year, after the Austrian bank increased its provisions...

  14. beyondbrics

    July 3, 2014

    Romania's Basescu: in hot water but should stay the course

    An attempted murder in a bar brawl; a president under siege after the arrest of his brother and son-in-law on graft charges,...

  15. The World

    June 16, 2014

    Poland's “tape affair” has echoes of Italy

    Poland has made such impressive progress since the end of communism in 1989 that its political elite like to think of their...

  16. beyondbrics

    June 12, 2014

    Game over for Latin America?

    Expectations can be a terrible burden. Take the World Cup. No European football team has ever won the tournament on Latin...

  17. The A-List

    June 5, 2014

    Nato must reassure its members in the east

    Earlier this week, Barack Obama travelled to Poland to reassure Nato, and particularly the newer members of the...

  18. beyondbrics

    May 30, 2014

    ECB signals fire up Eastern European bond rally

    As the European Central Bank (ECB) teases investors with hints of monetary stimulus measures, expectations of a rate cut are...

  19. May 28, 2014

    Volatility in eastern European markets puts the brakes on profits of Austria’s big insurers

    During the past two decades, Austria’s big insurers have accompanied the country’s banks eastward from their bases in...

  20. May 25, 2014

    ‘European Spring’, by Philippe Legrain

    European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess and How to Put Them Right, by Philippe Legrain, CB Books,...

  21. May 23, 2014

    Letter from Romania

    “You’re Romanian? I’d never have guessed. You seem so nice!” A Frenchwoman recently treated me to this kind evaluation....

  22. May 23, 2014

    Across Europe in a haulage truck

    Haulage trucks criss-cross the continent all day and night and have redefined the map of Europe. Andrew Byrne jumps aboard...

  23. May 20, 2014

    London stocks underperform European rivals

    Shares in Vodafone fell on Tuesday, pulling the main London index lower after weaker than expected quarterly results. The...

  24. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2014

    Emerging Europe turns EM growth star in Q1

    Economic growth in emerging Europe surged in the first quarter as Germany’s dynamism drove manufacturing output and fears of...

  25. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2014

    Hungary's growth roars back

    The Hungarian economic comeback really is underway – or so it would seem, given the release of first quarter preliminary...

  26. May 8, 2014

    Italy’s Beppe Grillo battles to sustain anti-establishment message

    Beppe Grillo, the crowd-pulling leader of Italy’s protest Five Star Movement, revels in his black humour and rouses...

  27. May 6, 2014

    US trade deficit narrows as eurozone retail sales rise

    An all-round good economic data day on Tuesday as the US trade deficit narrowed, eurozone retail sales increased and the...

  28. April 16, 2014

    Romania’s borrowing costs at record low

    Romania, one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, has shrugged off its physical proximity to turmoil in Ukraine to...

  29. April 7, 2014

    Bucharest heads for recovery quicker than its neighbours

    Mention Bucharest, and many in western Europe will recall the downfall of former dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989 and the...

  30. April 7, 2014

    Investment flows increase in central and eastern Europe

    A period of lacklustre competition is coming to a close for Globalworth, a property business with the lion’s share of its...

  31. FT Alphaville

    March 31, 2014

    Mobile money and the UK aid conundrum

    Putting a financial value on aid is tricky. Case in point, Monday’s FT editorial on the UK’s overseas development budget:...

  32. March 30, 2014

    Africa’s digital money heads to Europe

    The mobile payment system that has revolutionised business and banking in sub-Saharan Africa is to come to Europe as...

  33. beyondbrics

    March 23, 2014

    The week ahead, March 24-28

    It’s international conference season with meetings on Asian investment, Asean economies, African oil refining, small states...

  34. beyondbrics

    March 16, 2014

    The week ahead, March 17-21

    The week ahead in emerging markets: the world will be watching the aftermath of the weekend’s proposed referendum in Crimea....

  35. March 14, 2014

    Romanian ambassador: from life under Ceausescu to sushi in Tokyo

    The idea that Radu Serban might one day be Romania’s ambassador to Japan would have seemed improbable when he was a student...

  36. beyondbrics

    March 14, 2014

    Romania fund for victims of communism eyes London listing

    A Romanian investment fund originally set up by the government to compensate people who had their assets confiscated under...

  37. beyondbrics

    March 11, 2014

    Guest post: the west's double standards towards Ukraine

    By Taras Kuzio of the University of Alberta During the course of the four-month long Euromaidan, I have been interviewed...

  38. March 10, 2014

    Survey points to Vucic triumph in Serbia parliamentary elections

    Aleksandar Vucic is expected to lead his conservative Progressive party to victory in Serbia’s parliamentary elections on...

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