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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. Bulgaria 2012

    A sense of progress is evident despite slow post-crisis growth and the need to rein in...
  2. Central Eastern Europe: Property

    The flow of investment into Warsaw and other cities in the region is gathering pace...
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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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,...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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,...

  10. 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....

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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:...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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....

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. beyondbrics

    March 3, 2014

    Ukraine in crisis: weighing up the damage

    Just as things were starting to look up for many economies in central and eastern Europe, along comes the crisis in Ukraine....

  30. 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...

  31. beyondbrics

    February 27, 2014

    Ukraine a setback in China's eastern Europe strategy

    Just three months ago, China was in diplomatic overdrive to establish a grand plan for economic and political cooperation...

  32. February 24, 2014

    Brussels seeks greater powers on rule of law

    Brussels will green light an initiative on Tuesday aimed at giving it greater powers to monitor and punish countries that...

  33. beyondbrics

    February 22, 2014

    The Weekender, February 22

    The week in emerging markets, including our most read, five things we have learned and some long reads for the weekend. Plus...

  34. beyondbrics

    February 14, 2014

    A new tiger? Romania hits 5.2 per cent growth in last quarter

    Five per cent GDP growth is these days more associated with the fittest Asian and African emerging economies than the...

  35. February 12, 2014

    EU professionals find plenty of work in UK

    Sir James Dyson made headlines last month when he announced his household appliances group would create 3,000 science and...

  36. 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...

  37. February 4, 2014

    Swiss consider initiative to curb even wealthy EU immigrants

    Swiss citizens will decide on Sunday whether to impose blanket quotas on immigrants in a bitterly-contested vote that...

  38. February 3, 2014

    Corruption in the EU costs business €120bn a year, study finds

    Corruption has increased since the sovereign debt crisis hit the eurozone and costs the EU economy about €120bn a year in...

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