Central & Eastern Europe
African success story M-Pesa dials up Europe.
Although hit hard by the global financial crisis, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia recovered quickly. The three countries are building ever-closer EU ties to separate themselves economically from Eastern neighbors.
An escalation of sanctions on Russia stemming from its actions in Ukraine could pressure Russia’s overall economic growth. Some companies, particularly those perceived to have close ties to president Vladimir Putin and his inner circle, may have difficulties tapping the international capital markets for funding.
Financial markets may initially have reacted well to the reelection of the AKP and prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, but his success belies deep-seated political and economic problems.
MILESTONES By Justin Keay Not long ago, it would have been almost impossible to get the leaders of the various Western Balkan countries [Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania] together in the same city—let alone the ...
Demo site: Protestors in Istanbul's Taksim Square last summer ( Photo: Fleshstorm ) Turkey, the onetime sick man of Europe, is ailing again. And the setback has come on with remarkable speed. Just a year ago, the governing Justice and ...
FRONTIER MARKETS REPORT By Dan Keeler Ukraine’s decision to turn its back on Western Europe has seriously undermined its near-term appeal, but long-term opportunities remain. Perhaps more than any other country in Europe, Ukraine is torn between its long-standing connection ...