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Can economic sanctions against Russia succeed? - 02 May 2018

The latest economic sanctions introduced by the US will increase the severity of economic hardship in Russia, and could impact the popularity of the regime. read more

Five big questions for the future of the EU budget - 26 Apr 2018

It is highly likely that transfers received by EU-CEE countries from 2021 onwards will be lower than now, which will hit growth and public investment. read more

Improving Croatian employment opportunities is in everyone’s interest - 24 Apr 2018

High emigration rates are a threat to the sustainability of Croatia’s social system. Austria and other wealthy EU member states can and should help to encourage workers to stay. read more

Early election called in Turkey - 19 Apr 2018

Macroeconomic imbalances that have built up in recent years are now likely to be reined in more quickly, but risks will remain high in the run up to polling. read more

Western sanctions on Russia: Painful, but will not change policies - 18 Apr 2018

The most important fallout will be a further intensification of the political conflict between the West and Russia. read more

Exit, Noise and Disloyalty - 17 Apr 2018

Ivan Krastev reflected on challenges to liberal democracy in Central Europe, putting them in the context of a global crisis of democracy. Watch his keynote at the wiiw Spring Seminar. read more

CEE’s role in the global economy - 16 Apr 2018

At the wiiw Spring Seminar, Jan Svejnar explored key questions for the region’s economic future in the European and global context. Watch his full presentation here. read more

CESEE outlook: strong growth amid rising risks - 13 Apr 2018

At our annual Spring Seminar, wiiw economists presented the outlook for the region, including a focus on Western Balkan EU accession, Chinese influence, and the “semi-periphery trap”. read more

Fiscal austerity generally pushes income inequality upwards - 10 Apr 2018

Fiscal consolidation episodes generally lead to an increase in income inequality. The size, composition and timing of the fiscal adjustment matter. read more

Hungarian election: United opposition poses serious challenge to Fidesz - 06 Apr 2018

The peculiarities of the electoral system give the opposition a chance, but whoever wins will have to contend with significant medium-term economic challenges. read more