How Did We Get Here?


Craig Turp

About Craig Turp

Craig Turp is the Editor-in-chief of Emerging Europe. A linguist by training he was previously the Editor-in-chief of Vilnius-based city guide publisher In Your Pocket. He lives in Bucharest, Romania.

The European Commission begins sanction proceedings against Poland for its attacks on the rule of law, Hungary declares to fight Poland’s corner and all of a sudden Brexit is a forgotten, minor skirmish on the fringes of the European Union. In Romania the ruling coalition appears hell bent on creating the EU’s first criminal-centric state, as it passes law after law which not only impact the independence of the justice system but also dismantle so many parts of the penal code that – according to one prosecutor – it will become “just about impossible to convict anyone of anything.” Even Bulgaria, which assumes the presidency of the European Council on January 1, 2018, was – along with Poland, Hungary and Romania – the subject of a scathing critique in the Financial Times in December which stated that all four countries posed a real threat to democratic principles and were doing too little to combat corruption.

How did we get here?

Firstly, it might be worth just taking stock. We are not at the end of the road just yet. In all likeliness sense will prevail in Poland, Hungary will be able to stand down and Romania’s president will ensure that the current laws being approved on a parliamentary conveyor belt are not promulgated. Bulgaria is unlikely to rock the good ship EU during its presidency.

Secondly, the apocalyptic visions of the EU breaking apart are nonsense, and do nobody any good. Neither Poland, Hungary, Romania nor Bulgaria have any desire whatsoever to leave the EU. (After all, who would they then blame when things go wrong?) No, the only current member of the Union which wants to leave is Britain, and even it seems to be doing all it can to make sure it hangs around for as long as possible before it does finally depart. Reports of the EU’s sudden death have been greatly exaggerated.

So while Bulgaria will take on the rotating six-month presidency in not altogether ideal circumstances, we are confident that we are about to enter one of more memorable of recent council presidencies. Bulgaria has long been one of the more successful nations of Emerging Europe when it comes to branding and promoting itself (a quick look at its amazing tourism numbers are evidence of that), and it importantly knows how to rise to the occasion. Besides politics, the cultural programme is one of the most extensive for years, and the centre of Sofia, the capital, has seldom looked better.

Bulgaria is also quietly preparing for 2019, when its second-largest city Plovdiv will be a European Capital of Culture. I have long been a huge fan of the place: living in Bucharest it’s not all that long a drive (although if any of the powers-that-be are reading, the lack of a motorway between Romania and Bulgaria does make it rather longer than it should be). A magnificent Old Town, Roman ruins, splendid food and drink and an atmosphere far more in keeping with the Mediterranean than the Balkans make it a perfect weekend destination.

So while Bulgaria can hardly be said to have any great need to put itself on the map, the next couple of years provide it with a real opportunity to cement its place as a key European partner, not just for visitors but for business and for good-practice administration. It would be foolish for Bulgaria to start backsliding on corruption just as it takes its place at the top of the table. We are confident it will do no such thing. Indeed, on December 20 it passed a law aimed at improving its fight against high-level graft. The EU’s most-corrupt nation (according to Transparency International) may not hold that unwanted title for very much longer.


Fish in the Bath and Other Christmas Traditions

Christmas Market On The Dome Square With Riga Dome Cathedral In Riga, Latvia. Christmas Tree And Trading Houses With Sale Of Christmas Gifts, Sweets And Mulled Wine. Famous Landmark.

Regional News Outlets: The Real Target of Poland’s New Media Law?

poland media

Air Passenger Volumes Reach Record High in the Baltics


Romanian Economy Grows Fast in 2017

Brasov cityscape panoramic and aerial view over medieval architecture of Brasov town, in Transylvania Romania

Chris Lowney — What Jesuit Spirituality Can Teach Us About Global Leadership

Moody’s: CEE Creditworthiness Holding Up

Man's hand holding pen and checking spreadsheet

Lithuania Set to Streamline Competition Legislation

Industrial dock with cranes on the quay

Chinese Electric Car Maker Seeks Emerging Europe Base

zhi dou d2

Poland’s Business Constitution Must Be Finalised

Front of finance ministry in Warsaw Poland with a fountain framing the entrance. Could be used for images about Euro currency problems

NATO Opens New Moldova Office

NATO Moldova

Slovenia: Emerging Europe’s Hidden Giant

ljubljana slovenia

Georgia Leads Emerging Europe in Ease of Doing Business Report

Chickens Blamed for Romanian Budget Deficit

Two white chickens or hens inside a chicken coop or hen house seen through chicken wire.

CEE Playing Catch Up on R&D Spending

science, r&d

Automotive and Transport Companies Dominate the CEE Region

Car bodies on the production line inside automobile factory

The End of Poland’s Shale Gas Eldorado

Poland’s Q2 2017 Growth Is Stronger Than Expected

WARSAW, POLAND - MAY 07, 2016: Building Palace of Culture and Science among the modern buildings of the city

Bulgarian Capital Pulls Above Its Weight


Czech Real Estate Market Is Top CEE Performer

Prague skyscrapers in blue hour with purple sky. Modern building architecture after sunset. Office center in capital city. Czech republic lighting buildings.

New Start-Up and Innovation Report Names Estonia and Slovenia as Market Leaders

Tallin, Estonia - July 06,2017: Scenic view of the modern part of the city of Tallin, Estonia

Ukraine’s Gas Reserve Estimates Revised Upwards

Industrial concept. Liquid gas container. Gas storage in the port. Pipelines in the refinery

Visegrad Group Looks East

Growth Increase Offers Glimmer of Hope for Moldova


Mobilising Private Sector Investment in Belarus, Moldova & Ukraine


Cabinet Reshuffle In Poland Sees Controversial Ministers Axed

Lithuanian Grocery Giant Maxima Set For Polish Expansion


EBRD Transition Report Highlights Financial Sector Resilience


Ukraine Holds Open House at Davos

Slovakia: Growth Continues But Problems Remain

EY: Belarus’ IT Scene Is Thriving

High tech park minsk

Emerging Europe Makes Some Progress on Closing Gender Gap

world economic forum gender gap report

Serbia, Belarus and Ukraine Ranked Lowly by Wharton Business School

Kyiv Ukraine - April 172017: The postal square in Kiev on Podol the Dnipro river. view of the square from the river panorama

TV Still a Star for CME

e-Estonia: Believe the Hype

China Agrees to Build High-Tech Business Park in Serbia

BELGRADE SERBIA - SEPTEMBER 29 2016: View on the city center and the junction of Rivers Sava and Danube in Belgrade Serbia.

Romanian Cyber Security Firm Valued at 600 million US dollars in Private Equity Swoop

cyber security

Ask for Georgian Campaign Set to Expand Abroad

Traditional Georgian carpet. Carpets with typical geometrical patterns are among the most famous products of Georgia.

IMF Concludes Latest Moldova Review, Releases New Money

Reflection of a Soviet building in Chisinau Republic of Moldova

Valga and Valka – Where Estonia and Latvia Work Together

Valga valka emerging europe

WEF: Emerging Europe Ready for the Future

robotic machine tool in industrial manufacture plant,Smart factory industry 4.0 concept.

Romanian President Appoints Country’s First Female PM

viorica dancila prime minister of romania

Belarus Foreign Minister Hails Success of Visa-Free Travel Programme

Great noble deer surrounded by herd.Portrait of a deer, while looking at you.Adult deer with big beautiful horns on snowy field on forest background.

Bulgaria Takes on EU Presidency

Sofia, Bulgaria - September 12, 2017: Architectural complex in downtown of Sofia in which the Presidential Administration is located, Sofia, Bulgaria

Romania Cuts Income Tax, Introduces Solidarity Tax

CLUJ NAPOKA ROMANIA - OCT 2 2016: People on the central street of Cluj Napoka - the unofficial capital of Transylvania.

EU May Offer Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine Customs Union and Schengen Access


Tech Giant Expands Romanian Operations

More EU Help for Belarus SMEs

GRODNO BELARUS - DECEMBER 13 2013: Seamstress in textile factory sewing with a industrial sewing machine .

EconMin: Bulgaria — Number One Outsourcing Destination And an Island of Stability in Europe

Global Players Dash for Tempting CEE

dollar pound euro coin on euro background.

Lithuania Gives Innovation a StartUp

MILAN ITALY - MAY 2: People visit Lithuania pavilion at Expo universal exposition on the theme of food on MAY 2 2015 in Milan.

Why the Baltic States Should Reject the Nanny State

man smoking a cigarette Cigarette smoking Cigarette with smoke

Belarus Introduces New Business-Friendly Auditing Procedures

MINSK, BELARUS - AUGUST 15, 2016: Aerial view of the southwestern part of the Minsk with Palace of Sport and old and new other buildings. Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus.

Is Prague the New Face of Overtourism?

prague tourists

Emerging Europe Looking Good in Best-Performing Cities Index

Budapest, Hungary. Aerial view of the old city Budapest, Hungary with river and Parliament Building with cloudy blue sky

Ukraine to Make New Privatisation Push

IMF Wants Banking Sector Reform in Western Balkans

croatia national bank

Putin Urges Belarus to End Oil Transit Through Lithuania

Athens Greece - May 27 2016: Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers

The Azerbaijani Laundromat: Why It Matters

azerbaijani money laundering

One in Five Poles Unaware of Source of Funds for 500 Plus Programme

Georgian Wine Posts Record Results

Glass of wine at tasting area of annual city festival Tbilisoba with crowd of people around. Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia country

The Problem With Central European City-States

Budapest Hungary - Panoramic skyline view of the famous Buda Castle Royal Palace with the Buda Hills and Matthias Church at background at sunset

Poland Must Preserve Wilson Spirit

EU: Consumption Still Driving Growth

SEE Link — Sharing SEE Europe’s Hopes for a Brighter Investment Future

Steep Jump in Georgian Exports

container ship in import export and business logistic.By crane Trade Port Shipping.cargo to harbor.Aerial view.Top view.

Deloitte Upsizes Its Emerging Europe Cyber Intelligence Team

Computer security concept. Virus in program code

The Polish Government’s Mid-Term Report: Must Do Better

Front of finance ministry in Warsaw Poland with a fountain framing the entrance. Could be used for images about Euro currency problems

Western Ukraine Could Be an Entry Point into the Country

Retail Rents Rise Across Emerging Europe

Na Prikope Prague

Trans Adriatic Pipeline Will Fuel Albanian Growth

Xanthi. Greece - July 30 2017: aerial view of construction of gas pipeline Trans Adriatic Pipeline - TAP in north Greece. The pipeline starts from the Caspian sea and reaches the coast of southern Italy

Polish Shoppers in Hunt for Eggs

eggs in rack

Georgia’s Sweetest Export Targets EU & Japan Expansion

Kiwi fruits growing on the branch on autumn

Georgia’s Growth Continues

Batumi, Adjara, Georgia - May 27, 2016: Batumi, Adjara, Georgia. Gogebashvili Street Road And Marine Station Or Maritime Station Building Batumi On Background

Slovenia Sets Green Vehicle Deadline of 2030


Investors in Poland Unfazed By Article 7

Warsaw EBRD annual meeting

Sunday Trading in Poland Under Renewed Threat

Euroscepticism in Serbia: An Image Problem?

Bucharest’s Stock Exchange Reports Growth; Eyes Emerging Market Status

bucharest stock exchange

Estonia Posts EU’s Highest Inflation Rate in November

Rising food and grocery store prices is estonia and cost of living concept. Man counting food and consumer goods money with pen, paper and calculator at home. Budget of disadvantaged and low income family.

Efficient Innovation: Entrepreneurship in Bulgaria

Beautiful photos of modern buildings under blue sky. Europe, Bulgaria, Sofia.

CEE Nation Brands Still Behind Western Counterparts

TALLINN ESTONIA- JUNE 17: View of the modern high rise buildings on border with an old part of the city on June 17 2012 in Tallinn Estonia

Young Georgians Make Their Mark at Emerging Europe-EBRD Event

maximilien lambertson at emergeing ebrd outlook on georgia

IMF: Institutions Key to Sustainable Growth


ICT Growth Continues to Boost Bosnian Economy

ict, it

Bad Payers Still Causing Problems for Romanian Firms

Close up Romanian currency note, LEI or LEU, Romania

Hungary Seen as Riskiest Country in CEE


Sarajevo Stock Exchange Connected to SEE Link

sarajevo stock exchange

ICT Given Huge Boost in Belarus

MINSK, BELARUS - AUGUST 15, 2016: Aerial view of the southwestern part of the Minsk with Palace of Sport and old and new other buildings. Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus.

A Risky Evaluation of Croatia’s Economy?

ZAGREB, CROATIA - JULY 17, 2017: Square Ban Josip Jelacic with tourists and trams on a summer day in Zagreb. City of Zagreb is the capital of Croatia.

Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Boss Survives, For Now

Artem Sytnyk

Investors Eye Opportunities in Emerging European Infrastructure


More Brexit Fears As the UK Proves To Be A Needed Member

City of London view from Waterloo Bridge. This view includes: St. Paul`s Cathedral The Gherkin Tower 42 and Blackfriars Bridge.

Serbia Drafts New Competition Law

serbia belgrade flag

Kosovo: A Population of Talented Young Entrepreneurs Waits at Europe’s Door

Measure, Strengthen, and Grow

dacia brand

Kraków: Officially Emerging Europe’s Most Elegant City

Krakow. Image of Krakow Market square, Poland during sunrise.

China and Central Europe: Don’t Believe the Hype


Škoda too Strong for VW Group

MLADA BOLESLAV CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 30: Skoda Octavia on conveyor line during Doors Open Day at Skoda Auto a.s. factory. Skoda auto celebrated 120 years since its founding on May 30 2015 in Mlada Boleslav.

Poles Still Keen on German Jobs

Brandenburg Gate in Berlin in Germany. The Brandenburg Gate is a triumphal arch a city gate in the center of Berlin. It is one of the most known sites in Berlin.

Non-Financial Reporting No Longer a Secondary Consideration in CEE

Lithuania Wants to Bring Home its Skilled Workers

VILNIUS - FEBRUARY 25: Many people choose books at the indoor book

IMF Urges Croatia to Speed Up Reform


Albania’s Economy Not Benefiting From Largest Oil Reserves in Region

Romania is Haemorrhaging Doctors

Friendly female doctor hands holding patient hand sitting at the desk for encouragement, empathy, cheering and support while medical examination. Bad news lessening, compassion, trust and ethics concept

CEE Is Key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Shanghai skyline Panoramic view of shanghai skyline and huangpu river Shanghai China

Croatian Salaries Are Growing in Line With Other CEE Countries

Dubrovnik Croatia emerging europe

OECD: Tightening Labour Markets Sustain Growth in Emerging Europe

workers, employment

Romania’s Budget Deficit ‘Should Start Alarm Bells Ringing’

BUCHAREST ROMANIA - June 29 2017: Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose during a swearing-in ceremony at Cotroceni palace in Bucharest capital of Romania June 29 2017.

Czech Election Result Could Delay Euro Adoption Until 2025

czech banknotes nominal value two and five thousand crowns on white background. 300 000 Kc is approximately 12 450 US dollars (USD) or 11 100 Euro (EUR)

After Economic Shocks Armenia Plans for Macroeconomic Stability

yerevan armenia minister of finance

CEE Must Improve Infrastructure and Logistics

Aerial view of Gliwice Sosnica motorway junction. There are international traffic in four directions

Why Was Zapad-2017 So Important?

russian tank belarus zapad

Industrial Production Prices in New Increase


Bulgaria: Real Estate’s New Frontier?

Romanians Take to the Streets in New Mass Protest

Next Christmas in Belgrade? The EU’s Move into the Western Balkans

Belgrade, Serbia, July 22, 2017.Belgrade cityscape at sunset with national assembly, aerial view

IMF Increases Growth Forecast With Emerging Europe Prominent

Dambovita river and center of Bucharest at sunset time Romania.

CEE: Innovate or Get Eaten


Kaczyński Defends PiS Record

CEE Tech Growth Continues: Poland and the Czech Republic Lead the Way


Romania Can Still Provide Stability Within the EU

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - 05 February 2017: More than 240,000 protesters in Victory Square (Piata Victoriei). "Torches" moment. At 09:00PM Romanian protesters shone torches on their phones.

Go East

Romanian Competition Council Approves OTP Purchase of Banca Romaneasca

BUDAPEST HUNGARY - JUNE 22 2014: People walk by OTP Bank in Budapest. OTP is the biggest commercial Hungarian bank with 1500 branches in 9 countries.

Jadranka Joksimović: Serbia Takes Its Candidacy of the EU Seriously


China Eyes Moldovan Trade Agreement

CRICOVA MOLDOVA July 24 2017 :Underground wine cellar with collection of bottles in niches. Winery with 120 km of underground passages for wine storage

Moldovan Government Hails Business-Friendly Legal Reforms; NGOs Remain Cool

Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, Eastern Europe, 29th June 2017: view to the Parliament Building in Chisinau, Moldova

Economy Minister: Internationalisation Is the Key To the Slovenian Economy

Budapest’s Property Boom Goes Nationwide


Hungary’s Solar Dreamer

hand sun and blue sky with copyspace showing freedom or solar power concept

Baltic States to Launch Combined Capital Market

capital markets

GE Inaugurates Its New Bucharest Software Centre

Asian Outsource Developer Team Sitting At Desk Working Laptop Computer Mobile Application Software Real Office

Still Potential for Growth in CEE as Economies Stabilise

Emerging Europe to Record Positive Growth Across the Board in 2018

coins growth

Erste Group: Public Debt Falling Across CEE

erste group

Ukraine to Restart Privatisation to Realise Profits

Pricatisation electricity ukraine

Continental Launch Largest Ever Lithuanian Greenfield Investment

kaunas lithuania

Belarus Steps Up Liberalisation of Business


Doing Business Across Eurasia Could Be Easier

Eurasia emerging europe schneider group

HSBC Opens Warsaw China Desk

Montenegro Accelerates Legal Reform

montenegro law reform

World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2016 Resume For Emerging Europe

Warsaw Back on Top in Polish Banking

WARSAW, POLAND - MAY 07, 2016: Building Palace of Culture and Science among the modern buildings of the city

Baltic Bank Merger May Tempt Polish Heavyweight

DNB Bank Vilnius

PE and VC Investment In CEE Is At an Eight-Year High

venture capital

Skiing in Emerging Europe

gudauri ski georgia

Košice Business Matchmaking Event Brings in Hungarians

kosice, slovakia

Why Emerging Europe is the New Darling of Outsourcing

outsourcing Developing programming and coding technologies. Website design. Cyber space concept.

Poland’s Flying Circus

airport poland

Assaults on the Judiciary: How CEE Governments Are Trying to Restrict Judicial Independence, and Why It’s Not Working… For Now

poland romania justice system

Investigations Into the Corrupt Ukrainian Fuel and Energy Sectors

Ukrainian money hryvnia. The national currency. Corruption in Ukraine

Mixed Results for Emerging Europe in Legatum Prosperity Index


Emerging Europe Internet Speeds: Could Do Better

3d rendering internet speed meter close up

Japanese PM Announces Western Balkans EU Initiative

TOKYO JAPAN - Apr 06 2016: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his meeting with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in Tokyo

Belarus Refinery Boss Upbeat Despite Challenges

oil refinery

Beyond Borders: Immigration Within the EU

refugees immigrants

Romanian Car Maker Dacia Sees Sales Boom

Sables d Olonne France - May 07 2017 : Dacia Tour 2017 is a commercial operation organized by the car builder in order to present its cars throughout France - Close-up on cars

Romania Warned Again by European Council Over Budget Deficit

romania finance ministry

Emerging Europe Back on Track to Convergence


Macedonia — Stepping Out Of the Shadow Of the Balkans

Nadiya Savchenko: I Dream of a Great Ukraine

Panorama of the top part of the Andrew's Descent from Castle Hill in springtime in Kiev Ukraine.

Bulgaria Keen on Euro Adoption

FRANKFURT GERMANY - MAY 16 2014: Euro Sign. European Central Bank (ECB) is the central bank for the euro and administers the monetary policy of the Eurozone in Frankfurt Germany.

Changes Are Making Ukrainian Banking More Aligned with International Standards

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Focussing on Stability and Business Climate

Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina - August 23 2015. View of Miljacka River in Sarajevo city

UK Economic Growth Slows as Brexit Uncertainty Bites

flags of UK and EU combined over icons of London - Brexit concept

Latvian Deputy Prime Minister Highlights Riga’s Potential


Lviv Is the Pearl and the Soul of Ukraine

Prospering Czechia Still Needs a Bigger Workforce

prague emerging europe

Fitch And the World Bank: Economic Growth To Remain Solid Within CEE In 2016

The Peculiar Growth of Poland

KRAKOW POLAND - JUNE 2017: logo of Galeria Krakowska shopping center.

Romanian Inflation Hits Four-Year High

supermarket, prices, inflation

High Real Estate Prices at Home Force Czech Investors Abroad

Construction of the Petrin lookout tower in Prague Czech Republic

The Reality in Romania Exposes False Perceptions Of The Country

European Commission Withholds 600 Million Euros from Ukraine

kyiv, kiev, ukraine

The Socialism of Central Europe’s Populists

MARSEILLE FRANCE - JUNE 21 2016: People watch football match at Tribunes of Stade Velodrome during UEFA EURO 2016 game Ukraine v Poland

EU Commissioner Launches Veiled Attack on Poland and Hungary

eu commission

P&O Maritime Enters Ukrainian Market

Logistics and transportation of International Container Cargo ship and cargo plane in the ocean at twilight sky Freight Transportation Shipping

Hungary Today: Potential and Challenge

Chain bridge on Danube river in Budapest city. Hungary. Urban landscape panorama with old buildings and domes of opera

Poland’s New PM Defends Attacks on Justice System

warsaw supreme court

Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey Launch New ‘Silk Rail’ Link

Women, to Tractors!

Tug of war contest between boys and girls. Two groups of children of different sex pulling opposite ends of rope. Concept of gender equality among kids, team sports. Vector illustration for banner

Ukraine’s Finance Ministry Wants Urgent Tax Reform

Outsourcing Sector Driving CEE Office & Graduate Demand

wroclaw office

Growth Continues for State-Owned Azerbaijan Airlines

Azerbaijan Baku - September 16 2015: View of the Heydar Aliyev International Airport sign in Baku Azerbaijan. The airport is the home of Azerbaijan Airlines the national flag carrier.

Polish Convenience Store Sector Booms

Banca Transilvania Concludes Moldovan Deal

banca transilvania

Belarus’ Economy Is Slowly Recovering From Past Declines

Ukraine’s Economic Recovery: Good, But Slow

ukraine money

Lviv Region in Double Logistics Boost

goods train logistics

Estonia Proposes Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Robots

Robotic hand accessing on laptop the virtual world of information. Concept of artificial intelligence and replacement of humans by machines.

Poland Fails to Spend Billions of Euros in EU Funds

euro banknotes

Mixed Results for Emerging Europe in New WEF Equality Report


Czech Land Prices Continue to Increase

farm land

Larisa Manastirli: Where is Bulgaria After Ten Years in the EU?

EU Membership and Transition into Market Economies Have Helped CEE Achieve Social Progress

Economic Confidence Rises Across Eurozone

IFC Invests 30 Million Euros in Ukrainian Packaging Firm

IMMER Ukrplastic

Emerging Europe Key to China’s Belt & Road Plans

freight, ship, trade

New Political Crisis Hits Moldova


World Bank: Western Balkans Need to Speed Up Growth For Faster Convergence

world bank

Does the Sceptre of Separatism Haunt Emerging Europe?

Szekely Land Flag

Polish Labour Market Deficits Are Impacting All

Construction site with crane and building. Construction site in western europe - in Poland.

Meghri Becomes Armenia’s Third FEZ

armenia emerging europe

Bulgaria Ski Resort Plans Concern WWF

Bansko, Bulgaria - December, 6, 2015: Two Bansko cable car cabins and snow mountains peaks

Estonia: Europe’s Little Technological Giant

Michael: The Last King of Romania

What Went Wrong in Ukraine – And When?

Toyota Announces 400 Million Zloty Polish Investment


CEE Emigrants Could Boost Their Countries’ Economies

Londoners walking through Millennium Bridge with St.Paul's Cathedral at the background after sunset - London, UK

Albania’s Economy Booms Despite Political Infighting

Panorama view to the city Tirana Albania

ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih Gets EBRD Boost

Landscape with two mine head frames . Ukraine, Kryvyi Rih, Iron-ore mine Gvardeiskaya. An autumn sunny day with blue sky. Complex for Mining

Czechs Hold Emerging Europe’s Most Powerful Passport

Georgia’s Great Potential

The highland agriculture lands in Gudauri with the herd of sheep grazing here Georgia.

Budapest and Warsaw: Marriage of Convenience or Union of Values?

21st century Manufacturing Arrives at Great Stone

Great stone

Georgia to Develop Rural Fibre-Optic Network

Young man working on his laptop connect to wireless internet in rural area. Internet connection allows people to work anywhere from laptop. Notebook and nature background. Wireless technology concept.

Digital Business Space Gives All Businesses an Office in Sarajevo

Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina - August 24 2015. View from Vraca Memorial Park with building of Avaz Twist Tower

Bulgarian PM Sets Out Priorities at EPP Group Debate

Prague Czech Republic - February 15 2016: The Prime Ministers of Bulgaria Boyko Borissov is speaking during a press conference after meeting of The Visegrad Group (V4) in Prague Czech Republic.

Czech Republic Approves 2018 Budget

Ten czech crown coins money on black marble background

Wizz Air in Huge Polish & Ukrainian Expansion

wizz air a320

Double Ratings Agency Boost for Bulgaria

CEE Lags in Business Connectivity

ANIS romanian ICT

EU to Fund New Poland-Slovakia Gas Pipeline

slovakia-poland gas pipeline

Czech PM Loses Confidence Vote

andrej Babiš

Romania’s PM Resigns

BUCHAREST ROMANIA - June 29 2017: Romanian Prime Minister Mihai Tudose during a swearing-in ceremony at Cotroceni palace in Bucharest capital of Romania June 29 2017.

Romanian Transport Infrastructure Failures Pile Up

Cernavoda Romania - June 20 2012: Construction works at the A2 highway connecting Romania's capital Bucharest to Constanta.

Romanian National Bank Hikes Interest Rates

BUCHAREST ROMANIA - MAY 25 2014: The National Bank of Romania (BNR) building palace designed by Albert Galleron and Cassien Bernard.

Derek Chollet: There Is a Resurgence of Supporters of the Transatlantic Relationship

white house

Romanian Cabinet Reshuffled as New Splits Emerge in Ruling Party

BUCHAREST ROMANIA - MAY 25 2014: The Victoria Palace. Victoria Square.

Czech Republic Raises Interest Rates

czech koruna

Slovenia: An Optimistic, Export-Led Economy with First-World Problems

Big cranes in port of Koper in Slovenia

Baltics Seek Lockstep With High Tech States

Euro money: Macro view of euro coin and bill. Suitable for financial, monetary, euro or European Union concepts and ideas

Latvia Urged Not to Increase Expenditure As Economy Grows

Riga, Latvia - August, 2010: Panorama view from Riga cathedral on old town of Riga, Latvia

Despite Public Anxieties, Migration is Playing a Key Role in ECA Growth

Bratislava city aerial panoramic view. Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia.

China-Georgia FTA Takes Effect

TBILISI GEORGIA - SEPTEMBER 28: Top view of Tbilisi downtown Georgia on September 28 2016. Tbilisi is a capital and largest city of Georgia.

Warsaw Rising: The Polish Capital’s Skyline Gets Even Taller


Ukraine’s Q2 Growth Climbs

kyiv ukraine emerging europe

Poland Set for New Expressways, But Problems on the Roads Remain

poland roads

Romanian Opposition Unites Against ‘Crime Syndicate’ Government

Bulgaria’s Bitcoin Mystery

bitcoin bulgaria

Poland Stays Cool on Euro Adoption

Euro cash and Zloty on one photo.

Armenia Opens New Free Economic Zone on Iranian Border

Bags headgear boxes made of traditional fabrics of Armenian patterns and colors lying on the stalls at the Yerevan market in Armenia

Visegrád Divided


EU Triggers Article 7 Against Poland

CRACOW POLAND - JULY 23 2017: Another day in Cracow thousands of people protest against violation the constitutional law in Poland. Defense of the triad of division of power free election and independence of the highest court in Poland

EU Commissioner: CEE Groceries Are Not of Poorer Quality

Vilnius Lithuania - June 13 2017: Nordica shopping center in Vilnius is very popular with locals and tourists.

Poland to Switch from Emerging to Developed Market by September 2018

warsaw stock exchange

Lech Wałęsa: Hard Options Can Force Nations to Get Down to Work

Poland & Ukraine Should Join Outsourcing Forces


Georgian PM Reshapes and Reshuffles Cabinet

Giorgi Kvirikashvili

Estcoin: Estonia’s Own Digital Currency?

1 euro coin money (EUR) currency of European Union Estonia over blue background

Lithuania Handed Top Marks for Business Services

Beautiful panorama of Vilnius Old Town taken from Gediminas hill; Lithuania

Estonia Leads Baltics in Cutting Sugar in Food and Drink

Poland Is Set To Become a Large Economic Zone

Aerial view over the building materials processing factory. View from above.

Ex-Banker to Become Poland’s Next Prime Minister

Estonia Leading CEE Country in WEF Competitiveness Index

pharmaceutical factory woman worker operating production line at pharmacy industry manufacture factory

Moldova Launches New e-Procurement System In Search For Positive Change

Photo team work process, holding contract hand, signs documents. Account managers young crew works with startup project.New idea presentation, analyze marketing reports.Blurred, film effect, horizontal.

Emerging Europe’s Economies Are Booming

Effective Policies Have Strengthened the Georgian Economy

TBILISI GEORGIA Jul. 18 2017: Bridge of Peace is a bow-shaped pedestrian bridge a steel and glass construction over the Kura River in downtown Tbilisi capital of Georgia

Bulgaria and Romania Get EBRD SME Boost

Startup Diversity Teamwork Brainstorming Meeting Concept

Bulgaria Eyes Azerbaijani Gas Deal

Yellow gas pipes in natural gas treatment plant in bright sunny summer day

Mayor: Armenia And Its Capital Yerevan Offer Safe Investment And Tourism To a Growing World

‘Traditional Values’: A Potent Weapon Against LGBT Rights

gay rights putin

Slowly, Tech Brand Belarus Emerges

belarus tech

Azerbaijan Showcases ICT Potential

BAKU AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 25: People goes by the seafront of Baku on September 25 2016. Baku is a capital and largest city of Azerbaijan.

Investment in Croatia’s Regions Key to Further Development

CAKOVEC, CROATIA - JULY 02: Parish Church of Saint Nicholas in Cakovec, Croatia, on July 02, 2016.

Do Your Homework First and Starting Business in Poland is Easier

World Bank: Brexit Hides Greater Challenges to the European Union and the CEE Region

Ukraine Is Offering Europe Unique Combat and Technological Experience

CEE Governments Still Can’t Resist Tampering with Legislation


CEE Boosted by Positive Tourism Trends Across the Region

cruise ship in Kotor Bay Montenegro. Aerial view panorama. Kotor bay Montenegro.

Polish Enterprise Salaries Climb Steeply

Money of National Bank of Poland. Polish zloty banknote on red velvet background; Macro photo; Depth of field

All for One, and One for All


Business Standards Are High in SEE But Vary Widely

Aerial view of The Cathedral of the Assumption in Varna

Warsaw City Guide: 48 Hours in Poland’s Reborn Capital

WARSAW POLAND - DECEMBER 28 2016: Downtown Warsaw Financial center in Warsaw Poland. Warsaw is one of the most economical successful capital in Europe in last few years.

GSA Names Ukraine as UK’s Offshoring Destination of the Year

map of ukraine emerging europe

Albania’s Construction Sector Supports the Country’s Growth

SARANDA, ALBANIA - MAY 18: View of the city Saranda, most important tourist attraction of the Albanian Riviera on May 18, 2017 in Saranda, Albania.

Budget Chaos Hits Romanian Leu

Different Romanian Lei Banknotes on the table

HSBC Reports CEE Growth Surge in Q3

romania national bank

Growing Rzeszów

Rynek Glowny in Rzeszow. Rzeszow Podkarpackie Poland.

Polish Government in Climbdown on Social Contribution Hike

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