Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

Telecoms row escalates

May 2, 2005

Competition for Ukraine’s expanding telecoms market is fuelling disharmony between some of the leading players, as Ben Aris reports.

Bond market signals Ukrainian confidence

May 2, 2005

Heightened activity on Ukraine’s bond market is a clear reflection of companies’ faith in the country’s economic future. Ben Aris reports.

Transition banks up their game

May 2, 2005

The top 100 ranking banks in the EBRD transition countries reflect the sector’s ongoing success.

Not all rosy

May 2, 2005

Although Mr Profumo describes UniCredit’s aggressive expansion into central Europe (it owns Poland’s Bank Pekao, Croatia’s Zagrebacka Banka and Bulgaria’s Bulbank) as “a great opportunity that offers the potential for enormous value creation”, the fact remains that the EU newcomers face daunting challenges in institutional and structural reforms.

Leading the way

May 2, 2005

Slovakia has achieved the greatest success since a centre-right coalition government ousted Vladimir Meciar, an authoritarian prime minister, in 1998. Ivan Miklos, Slovakia’s ambitious finance minister, has launched sweeping economic reforms, including a 19% flat tax on personal and corporate income and an aggressive deregulation of the labour market.

CEE success accentuates halted reforms in EU

May 2, 2005

The new central and eastern European members of the EU are setting the pace on economic reform, stimulating a liberalising shake-up that the rest of the union has been trying to avoid. Nick Spiro reports.

Hansabank seals Russian deal

April 4, 2005

Hansabank Group has announced the successful completion of the acquisition of the Moscow-based Kvest bank.

Banks take part in catch up story

April 4, 2005

Romania is catching up with its neighbours as it prepares for EU membership. Politicians are keen to repeat 2004’s growth and investment levels – which means a busy time for banks.

Romania maintains momentum

April 4, 2005

Romania is celebrating a successful 2004 in which taxes were cut and GDP grew. Now its sights are set on EU accession and newly elected President Basescu faces some tough decisions in the longer term. 

No longer the laggard

April 4, 2005

Romania is catching up with its eastern European neighbours in the attraction of foreign direct investment. Matei Paun reports on last year’s record performance and conditions that bode well for the future.

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