Bulgaria  03/12/09

Russia’s Far-Right Friends

Far-right parties in several eastern European countries have become prominent supporters of Russian interests and admirers of the Russian political-economic model....
Bulgaria  02/12/09

Will Germany save the CEE region?

Germany’s latest economic figures are making CEE countries giddy with hope. Most nations in the CEE region have only small domestic markets, making exports the only possible motor of economic growth. ...
Slovakia  01/12/09

Most Significant Risk Factors that Could Hinder Economic Recovery in Slovakia

Slovakia carried out deeper structural and public-finance reforms in 2002-2006 than any of its regional peers. But the economic model that Slovakia created is now undermining its financial health....
Albania  13/10/09

Ease of doing business - comparative chart between GCC, CEE and SEE regions

The chart shows absolute ranking of the selected countries in the World Bank Doing Business 2010 Report. Most SEE countries have improved their position since the last report. Despite this, they are i...
Bulgaria  06/10/09

Different recovery paths in the CEE region

The IMF revised its global growth prognosis in the autumn edition of World Economic Outlook. Recovery in Europe could be slower than the world average because of economic rigidity. The CEE countries s...
Slovakia  05/10/09

5.5 percent Deficit for 2010 in Slovakia – at least

The 2010 public budget deficit is expected to be at 5.5% of GDP on revenues of €23.97 bln and expenditure of €27.68 bln, according to the budget plan published by the Finance Ministry....
Hungary  05/10/09

Slovakian-Hungarian Relations Deteriorate, while Smer is Distancing from SNS

The refusal of the visit of the Hungarian President László Sólyom to Slovakia after the passing of the Slovak Language Act brought Slovakian-Hungarian relations to a deep-point....
Hungary  17/09/09

Slovakian-Hungarian relations: Mind the gap

Despite the meeting of the prime ministers and the visit of the OSCE High Commissioner Knut Vollebaek the underlying problems between Hungary and Slovakia have remained unsolved....
Czech Republic  24/08/09

Philips-Curve in Slovakia and the Czech Republic

The disputed Philips-curve (showing that inflation and the unemployment rate are inversely proportional) seems to describe accurately the trends in both crisis-hit Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Fal...
Czech Republic  24/08/09

Rising Deficit in the Czech Republic

The 0.3 percent Czech GDP-growth (comparing to the previous three months) was communicated as a success and as the first sign of the recovery, but it would be blindfolded to assume an upcoming trend....
Slovakia  24/08/09

GDP Shrink in Slovakia in the Second Quarter

Slovakia's GDP shrank by 5.3 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2009. ...
Slovakia  24/08/09

Intensifying Coalition Conflicts in Slovakia

Robert Fico decided to ignore the agreement between the ruling coalition parties on ministry appointments after dismissing the Environment Minister....
Hungary  13/08/09

Roma Murders in Kisléta Dominate Political Discourse in Hungary

The latest attack against a Roma family in Kislétamoved the Roma issue and public security back to the agenda. Meanwhile, conflicts are expected within the MSZP over the strict 2010 budget....
Albania  04/08/09

New Croatian PM Facing the same problems as his predecesssor

The new PM Jadranka Kosor is facing largely the same problems as his predecessor, such as economic slowdown, fight against corruption and organized crime, and EU accession. ...
Hungary  29/07/09

The Language Act Continues to Stir Controversies

The Slovak State Language Act is in favour of the leading governing parties regarding the elections due in 2010, but preserves bad relations with Hungary....
Hungary  27/07/09

No economic policy shift expected in Hungary following the election

Despite generous promises, once in power Fidesz will be unable to splurge and reverse all policy decisions passed by the Bajnai-cabinet; such steps would go against its own vested interests. ...
Slovakia  27/07/09

Smer’s advantage is still high but can melt by 2010

A balance of political forces seems to have been frozen in Slovakia for months now, though the leading governing party did not manage to gain the predicted proportion of votes in June at the EP electi...
Hungary  09/07/09

Slovakian Opposition Steps up Attacks

Former Slovakian PM Mikuláš Dzurinda is attacking the government with a similar rhetoric as Mr. Fico did before the 2006 elections. The Hungarian-Slovakian relationship hasn't improved....
Slovakia  18/06/09

Record low Slovakian turnout on the 2009 European Elections

For the second time in succession, Slovakia recorded the lowest voter turnout among all EU countries in the European Parliament elections: 19,6%. Meanwhile, economic forecasts turned for the worse....
Slovakia  26/05/09

Slovakia's economic troubles grow

The recession has hit Slovakia more seriously than expected, possibly affecting governing party Smer, so the European elections will serve as a test....

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