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Romania  21/01/10

Parliament Approves 2010 Budget in Romania

Lawmakers finally passed the 2010 budget on January 10 and have sent it to President Bãsescu....
Slovakia  21/01/10

Fico Flinched in Standoff with Truckers

Following a series of street blockades in Bratislava and other cities, Prime Minister Robert Fico gave in to truckers’ demands for lower fuel taxes....
 
Risk Watch  21/01/10

Slovakian centre-right parties’ cooperation is inconclusive

Last month’s opinion polls show that the six opposition parties together stand a chance of beating SMER. However, their small advantage is not enough to guarantee victory....
Hungary  21/01/10

In pre-election spending they trust

Hungary is still catching its breath from its near-miraculous feat of finishing 2009 at the target budget deficit of 3.9% of GDP, but investor applause is muted....
 
Czech Republic  20/01/10

Record Planned Deficit May Climb Even Higher

Czech President Vaclav Klaus signed a 2010 budget law that anticipates a record budget deficit of CZK 162 billion (€6.2 billion), or 5.7% of GDP....
Hungary  19/01/10

The election campaign is heating up in Hungary

The president is expected to announce the dates of the 2010 general election in late January, with the first round likely to fall on April 11 and the second on April 25....
 
Hungary  21/12/09

Hungarian Parties Gearing Up for Campaign

Most Hungarian parties have finished their preparations for the election campaign, and the political debate next year will be dominated by the quest for votes....
Czech Republic  14/12/09

Czech Budget Loosened by Ad-Hoc Alliance – Structural Reform Remains Elusive

The Czech Parliament approved a budget for the year 2010 that includes a series of new spending measures pushed through by left-wing parties....
 
Poland  14/12/09

Polish PM Donald Tusk Still the Presidential Frontrunner

The Blackjack-gate scandal has failed to put a notable dent in Donald Tusk's and the Civic Platform's popularity....
Romania  14/12/09

Presidential Vote Fails to Break the Romanian Political Deadlock

The contest between incumbent Traian Băsescu and his Social Democratic opponent, Mircea Geoană, was a nail-biter until the very end. However, it failed to result in a clear cut situation....
 
Croatia  10/12/09

Political Turbulence in Croatia Hammers Hungary’s Mol

Croatia's government, opposition and media commentators are slamming MOL after uncovering what they consider irregularities in MOL's purchase of a 22% stake in Croatia's biggest energy company, INA....
Montenegro  09/12/09

Going into debt seems unavoidable for the Montenegrin government

Montenegro’s 2010 budget foresees an ever-narrowing range of financial resources as the crisis grinds on. The state will probably be forced to go into debt in order to keep fiscal equilibrium....
 
Romania  08/12/09

Presidential Vote Fails to Resolve Political Deadlock

Hopes that Romania's presidential election would break the political logjam were dashed as accusations of election fraud undermine the credibility of incumbent President Băsescu’s slim victory....
Romania  25/11/09

The Gloves Come Off After Basescu Wins Round One of the Fight for the Presidency

The first round of the Romanian presidential elections failed to produce a clear winner, triggering a runoff vote between President Traian Băsescu and challenger Mircea Geoană on December 6....
 
Poland  23/11/09

Risk Factors that could hinder economic recovery in Poland

Poland’s economy showed surprising resilience to the crisis. However, some economic and political factors can still hold back the country's recovery and hamper economic growth after the crisis....
Bulgaria  23/11/09

2010 Budget Passed in Bulgaria

The new government has passed its first major political hurdle, as Parliament passed the 2010 Budget by a safe margin. In addition, GERB made a clean sweep in this month’s mayoral by-elections....
 
Risk Watch  18/11/09

Most Significant Risk Factors that Could Hinder Economic Recovery in Romania

Acute political instability, risk of insolvency and lack of political transparency with misuse of funds and electoral fraud are the crucial risk factors that could hinder economic recovery in Romania....
Hungary  11/11/09

Most Significant Risk Factors that Could Hinder Economic Recovery in Hungary

Large inactive population, high and badly structured state redistribution, corruption, possible ethnic tensions and the emergence of the far-right are the key risk factors in Hungary....
 
Romania  10/11/09

Does Traian Basescu still enjoy the voters’ support?

According to the latest national survey of Insomar polling institue, Romanian citizens primarily blame President Basescu for the current political insta...
Bulgaria  09/11/09

Draft 2010 Budget Approved by the Bulgarian Government

The Bulgarian government approved the 2010 draft budget which contains tough needed austerity measures. It now faces two readings in Parliament, but its passage is likely....
 
 

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