Innovators, especially from smaller countries, are overcoming the region’s odds.
Central & Eastern Europe
New EU rules on data privacy come into effect this month.
Johann Strobl, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), talks about the positive results from the bank’s digital and structural transformations.
Romania has a troublesome reputation but robust growth, and is working to raise its game through the tech industry and improvements to the business environment.
With popular elected leaders and strong growth in their economies, the sometimes-feisty CEE nations are standing tall—and keeping an eye on corruption and labor costs.
Slovakia's new prime minister Peter Pellegrini is struggling the escape the shadow of his predecessor who was forced to resign after the murder of a journalist investigating corrupt politicians.
New resource-extraction operations, Russia’s economic recovery and Asian investment are lifting prospects across the Caucasus.
As the Mediterranean island nation's economy has stabilized, so too have its banks.
Vienna has positioned Austria well to benefit from CEE growth that seems ready to take off after years of stagnation.
Czech PM Babiš is an outspoken billionaire while the Polish PM, Morawiecki, is more of a technician, who negotiated Poland’s accession to EU before going on to chair Bank Zachodni WBK, part of the Santander Group.
Turkey’s geographic and economic position in the middle—between East and West, developing and developed—has made it a hub for multinationals.
They are expected to grow by an average 3.3% this year, 0.9% higher than May’s forecast and a big improvement over last year’s 1.9% growth.
Large multinationals are edged out of Europe’s top 50 by midsize banks that are based in developed economies and offer global service.
The country's economy has proven remarkably resilient after a series of crises rocked the country.
Turkey has become the world’s most generous nation, going from development assistance recipient to top donor in just over a decade.
Turkey’s banking authority BDDK said total banking assets had increased 7.3% since the end of 2016, reaching a total of $826 billion.
Question and Answer with Johann Strobl chairman and CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International