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Hungarian government found guilty - 13 Sep 2018

The country is highly unlikely to lose its voting rights, but the economy may suffer in the long run from Mr Orbán’s stance. read more

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: opportunity or threat? - 05 Sep 2018

Launched five years ago, the initiative is still under heavy scrutiny over what it may bring to the EU, the EAEU and the countries in between. read more

Iran: Economic troubles create political risks - 04 Sep 2018

As in the past, US sanctions risk producing a more hard-line government, but the Iranian administration should pursue a more moderate course. read more

Rights and Territories in the Western Balkans - 30 Aug 2018

Serbia and Kosovo are moving towards an agreement on a land swap. The chances of success, however, are very low. read more

Does Croatia’s World Cup success show that CESEE is back as a footballing power? - 23 Aug 2018

State fragmentation and relative economic decline have seen the region’s teams generally struggle since the 1970s. read more

Are we heading for a bigger emerging markets crisis? - 22 Aug 2018

The Turkey panic may just be the first indication of a broader sell-off as US rates continue to rise, and many in CESEE could be affected. read more

US sanctions carrousel spins faster - 16 Aug 2018

The new measures against Russia will harm growth, and will accelerate Moscow’s attempts to build stronger economic ties with other partners. read more

Turkey: Big policy change needed - 13 Aug 2018

A full-blown crisis is still avoidable, but would require policymakers to take steps that they appear far from willing to take. read more

Aufgeschoben ist nicht aufgehoben - 27 Jul 2018

Vorerst heißt es aufatmen: Die EU und die USA bewegen sich von den Handelskriegsfronten wieder Richtung Verhandlungstisch – für ein „Mini-TTIP“? read more

Hungarian forint still on the ropes - 26 Jul 2018

The central bank should act now to support the currency and get ahead of the curve on inflation, otherwise it may need to take more drastic measures later. read more