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Flash Report  05/11/10

Evaluating the 2011 Budget

Hungary’s draft budget for 2011 aims to keep the deficit at less than 3% of GDP, meeting the Maastricht criteria for euro adoption for the first time since 1995....
In-depth analysis  02/11/10

The bank tax in Europe and Hungary

While currently it appears to be a success story from an economic and political point alike, the introduction of the bank tax presents significant risks already in the medium term....
 

Unified financial sector laws for UAE in pipeline

The UAE announced that a committee tasked with unifying the country’s financial laws has met....
Hungary  05/06/10

Hungarian Govt Plans Drastic Response to HUF Crisis

Political Capital expects the Hungarian government reacts to the crisis fast and will announce austerity measures to stabilize the budget and the exchange rate. ...
 
Kuwait  01/04/10

Court orders bank to use Islamic banking principles

A Kuwaiti court order essentially makes banks not operating according to Islamic finance principles illegal....
Risk Watch  19/02/10

Bulgarian GDP Nosedives in 2009

Bulgarian GDP fell 5.1% in 2009 year-on-year – contracting for the first time since 1997, when GDP shrank 5.6%, according to preliminary data from the National Statistical Institute (NSI)....
 
Risk Watch  19/02/10

Election Campaign Does Not Favour the Czech Economy

The Czech economy unexpectedly contracted 0.6% in the fourth quarter of 2009. This followed two quarterly increases that had pulled the country out of recession....
Risk Watch  19/02/10

Polish Plan to Tackle Budget Deficit and State Debt Revealed

The government presented its plan to tackle the budget deficit and soaring government debt at the beginning of February....
 
Risk Watch  19/02/10

IMF Review Positive for Romania

Romania can expect the long-awaited third and fourth installments of its stand-by loan from the IMF after the Fund gave Romania’s economy a favorable review last month....
Risk Watch  19/02/10

Slovak PM Fico Heads into June Elections with no Credible Challenger

Slovakia’s senior governing party Smer may be able to gain an absolute majority in the June elections, unless most small parties pass the 5% for parliamentary representation....
 
Political Forecast  16/02/10

Montenegro trades barbs with IMF in loan negotiations

Montenegro’s loan negotiations with the International Monetary Fund hang in the balance after the IMF pinpointed several shortcomings in Montenegrin finances....
Political Forecast  15/02/10

Support for the Macedonian Government Remains High

The latest polls show the greatest number of Macedonians supporting the governing coalition, but some of them indicate the main opposition party is closing the gap....
 
Risk Warning  15/02/10

British Business Secretary Calls Dubai to Solve its Problems

The call by British Business Secretary Lord Mandelson calling on Dubai to resolve its debt problem puts further pressure on Dubai to put its act together....
Bahrain  15/02/10

Al Gosaibi File New Claims against Sanea

Al Gosaibi family has filed a court case against Al Sanea in New York in their long running family business dispute....
 
Kuwait  15/02/10

Kuwait's Parliament Approves US $104bn Four-year Development Plan

Kuwait's parliament last week passed a $104bn four-year development plan, the first for decades, proposed by the government....
Political Forecast  03/02/10

Socialist woes in Hungary

The Socialists and the governments suffered numerous setbacks. The property tax has been abolished, more and more heads roll at BKV and the party's poll numbers failed to improve....
 
Political Forecast  28/01/10

US Trip of Montenegrin PM is Seen as a Success

While the decision to establish diplomatic relations with Kosovo has heightened tensions with Serbia in the short term, the move scored political points in both Washington and Brussels....
Political Forecast  20/01/10

E.U. Beckons, Economy Bleakens in Montenegro

Montenegro in 2009 saw positive developments in its bid to EU-accession. However, the economic outlook hasn't improved for 2010, which forecasts numerous conflicts in the new year....
 
Bulgaria  21/12/09

Bulgarian Opposition Still No Threat to the Government

Apart from minor conflicts GERB remains stable, while opposition parties continue to feud among themselves....
Bulgaria  14/12/09

Bulgarian Government Sets Eurozone Entry as Top Priority

At the Economist Conferences' Eighth Business Roundtable with the Government of Bulgaria, PM Borisov declared his government would make every effort to adopt the euro before its term expires in 2014....
 
 

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