January Kicks Off an Exciting Year for Emerging Europe


Andrew Wrobel

About Andrew Wrobel

Andrew Wrobel is the head of content strategy and publishing at Emerging Europe. Trained as a journalist and a filmmaker, he has worked for press and broadcast media for over 15 years, covering business and economy. He has authored and contributed to a number of international business, investment and trade-related publications and reports. He specialises in nation branding (PhD candidate). He's a frequent moderator, panellist and commentator. Twitter: @andrew__wrobel

The new year has just begun and already it has brought a few events that will have a massive impact on what emerging Europe will face in 2017: on 17 January, the British Prime Minister laid out the foundations and the 12 objectives for untangling Britain from the European Union; three days later, the inauguration of Donald Trump, as the 45th president of the United States, marked the commencement of his four-year term. Less than a week later, the two politicians met to discuss the “special relationship” between the US and the UK.

How will the new political constellation affect the situation in the European Union and emerging Europe, in the context of PM May’s statement that “the days in which the West seeks to remake the world in our own image are over” is still unclear.

It would be naive to say that individual countries of emerging Europe could play an important role in these circumstances, but their voice will definitely be louder if they come together and share an opinion, both economically and politically.

We, at Emerging Europe, see the joint power of the region: its human potential —with a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship— its various natural resources and its geographic location, stretching from the Baltics to the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian seas.

We trigger discussion about the region with our Emerging Europe Outlooks on individual countries across the region, and by providing high-quality independent analysis and —most importantly— by engaging key individuals, national and international organisations and businesses.

The discussions take place in multiple channels: online, in print and at a high-profile investment conference which we organise, together with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

In 2016, we covered Croatia and Belarus, as it was the right time to discuss the opportunities those countries offer: Croatia had returned to growth after six years of recession and the EU had lifted most of the sanctions against Belarus.

Now, it’s time to talk about Ukraine. It is by far the largest country in emerging Europe and it is one that offers multiple opportunities. In addition, the country returned to growth in 2016, in spite of the ongoing military conflict with the Russian Federation in the east and further reform it needs.

In April, the time will come to shed a light on Romania —the fastest growing EU economy— and, finally, in autumn, Georgia, a resilient economy and currently the fastest growing one in the Caucasus.

Also, there are three key sectors for our publication. One of them is real estate. After last year’s coverage of the MIPIM, in Cannes, Emerging Europe has become a media partner of the 2017 edition of the largest real estate conference in the world. Our editorial team is going to France to discuss the wide context of investment across our region’s cities and countries.

A second sector is business services and ICT, as well as innovation. That is why we have partnered with the Global Sourcing Association to discuss opportunities across the region, as well as with the Global Expansion Summit in London and the WebIT Festival in Sofia, where we want to help showcase the region’s leaders of innovativeness and entrepreneurship.

And last but not least, our third key sector is the financial one — banking, insurance and the capital markets, which are at various levels of development throughout the region, and which reflect the socioeconomic nuances of the region and are effective indicators of where business opportunities lie.

Join our discussion about emerging Europe both online and on location in 2017!


A New Division Between Eastern And Western Europe?

Could the West At Least Help Ukraine To Insure FDI Against Political Risks?

Business Moving Forward with Cautious Optimism — Can Investors Win the Confidence Game?

Macedonia’s Controversial Coalition Government

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Serbia’s New PM Is Cut From a Familiar Cloth

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Poland: Is it Ready, and is it Time to Adopt the Euro?

The Netherlands’ Objection to the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement could be Costly to Europe

Why Hungary’s New NGO Law Is Harmful for Business

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The Morawiecki Plan Promises a Brighter Future for Poland

Polish Tax Laws — Fighting a Winning Battle Against Tax Evaders

Poland’s Confusing GDP Growth

Examining How a Strong Swiss Franc Could Single-Handedly Topple Poland’s Economy

Measuring Growth of Societies with GDP Alone Shows an Incomplete Picture

LGBT in CEE — A New Acceptance Is Being Born From Migration

Under Promise, Over Deliver: Prospects for the EU’s Eastern Partnership in 2018

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Brexit: Let’s Learn the Lesson and Hope a Better Europe Will Arise

Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Moves from Frozen to Kinetic


Azerbaijan: The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Nothing


E-lifestyle and Cyber Security: Some Views From Estonia

Cyber Security Protection Firewall Interface Concept

Czech Own Currency Insures Against Euro Losses

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Czech Republic Renaming Has Real Economic Costs

Why is Armenia Borrowing Another 100 Million US Dollars From Russia?

Bulgaria Needs a Reform-Oriented Government to Take Full Advantage of its EU Membership

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Ex-Transition Economies’ FDI Recovery

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Is the CEE Region About to Steal the Outsourcing Crown From India?

Amazing view on the Taj Mahal in sunset light with reflection in water. The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river. Agra Uttar Pradesh India.

How strong is V4?

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Falling into Old Ways in 2017? Ukraine’s Struggle for Functioning Economic Institutions

Euroscepticism in Serbia: An Image Problem?

Why Was Zapad-2017 So Important?

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CEE — Do We Need a Launch Pad For Our On-Site Tech Intelligence in the Silicon Valley

Poland’s Capital Saturation Lower Than the Czech Republic’s

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Regional Relations in the Western Balkans: Moving Beyond Folklore

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Fiscal Policy Predictability in CEE — It’s Time for Change

Will a Two-speed European Union Side-line the Visegrad Four?

Swimpassing Dniester Without Prejudice To Democracy

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United or Divided? Europe in the Face of the Challenges of Tomorrow

European Volatility Makes Economic Development Slower for Ukraine

Resignation in Ukraine: War, Revolution, Crisis — Some Things Never Change

Belarus 2020: Turning the Vicious Circle Into an Upward Spiral

Impact of Brexit on EU-CEE Not Overstated

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International Women’s Day — Let’s Take Action And Then Celebrate

Will Poland Leave the European Union?


The Sharing Economy Could Bring New Business Models to CEE

The EU’s Benign Neglect Of Eastern Europe

Good Match But Unlikely Marriage

Poland’s Unicorn, Slovakia’s Flying Car and the Future of Europe

Outsourcing in Germany: Stop Talking at and Start Talking to

Emphasising the Incongruence Between the V4 Countries

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Let’s Stop Wasting Time Redefining our Place in Europe

Ukraine’s Reputation for Cheap Labour May Not Ring True in the Long-term

Only a United Opposition Can Defeat Poland’s Ruling Law and Justice Party

Classical building of Polish parliament. Warsaw in Poland.

How Will Poland Approach the Brexit Negotiations?

Not All Quiet on the Eastern Front

China: A Giant That Is Hard to Crack

Is there any prospect of ‘Polexit’?

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‘Traditional Values’: A Potent Weapon Against LGBT Rights

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Big Fish, Small Fish, Where to Fish? On the Eve of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

EU Visa-Liberalisation Strengthens Georgia’s Pro-Western Path

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Belarusian Journalists Still Face Huge Problems

Poland Needs to Cling to the Eurozone

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Political Tensions Rise As Croatia Allegedly Breaks the Dublin III Refugee Regulation

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PiS Uses Media Control to Bring Poland to Heel

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After 25 Years of Restructuring, the Romanian Power Sector Is at a Crossroad

Where’s My Cheese? – The GREAT British Food Tour 2014

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Stuck in Neutral: Georgia’s Constitutional Reforms

Tbilisi Parliament Georgia

Emerging Europe Back on Track to Convergence


2018 Elections — Vital Decisions for Hungary’s Future

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Are Czech-EU Relations at Breaking Point?

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - 21 JUNE 2014: People on the streets of Prague, Czech Republic. Prague is one of the most visited city in Europe with over 5 million visitors every year.

Can Armenia Keep a Foot in Both Camps?

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Slovenia’s Presidential Election: Pahor Expected to Romp Home

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Are Labour Shortages Driving Economic Growth?

Is the Level of Foreign Ownership a Problem in Emerging Europe?

Flags of European countries flying from their capital cities. Viewed from the South.

Hungary and Israel: the Collision of Past and Present

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Will the New Five-day Visa-free Regime Encourage More Visitors to Belarus?

After Its Significant Rise the Georgian Economy May Now Fall

Panorama of Tbilisi, Georgia in sunset rays. Vivid, saturated, splittoned image.

Europe at Odds over OPAL and Nord Stream 2

Breaking With Imitations of the Past

Ukraine’s Economic Recovery: Good, But Slow

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The Right to Water: Who Can Change Today’s Situation?

Moldova Falls Victim to Politicising

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Central and Eastern European Consumers Are Joining the Global Trends for Change

How Will Trump’s Visit Affect Polish Politics?

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Defending EU Values in Poland and Hungary

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The CEE Region Is Making Advances in Prioritising Waste-to-Energy Projects

CEE-Benefits and Disadvantages of Joining the Eurozone

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Romania Surviving the Waves of Recent Political Tsunamis in Europe

We, the Post-Communist Generation, Have the Skills to Rid of the Past And Create Our Own Future

History as Destiny? Institutional Erosion in Ukraine and Poland

The Global Outsourcing Industry — the Rise of the Phoenix

The Competitive Edge in Central and Eastern Europe

SOFIA BULGARIA - MAY 5: View of the Ivan Vazov National Theatre in Sofia on May 5 2016. Sofia is the largest city and capital of Bulgaria.

The GREAT London Food Scene

Bakery in London

The Capital Markets Union: a New Beginning in the European Financial Sector?

Europe Needs To Be More Proactive In Embracing Armenia

The EU’s Choice: Fundamental Reform Or Disintegration

Global Expansion in the Digital Age

When Neutrality Isn’t an Option

President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin

Poland Challenges the European Identity

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Finalising the DCFTA is Expected to Bring Multiple Benefits to Ukraine

Changing Perspectives and Showing That True Romania is a Vibrant Innovative Country

Are There Differences Between How Tax Regulations in Poland and IAS Treat Intangible Assets?

The Long Tail of Global Expansion

Hungary’s Nationalist Assault on Free Enquiry

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Albania’s Election Apathy

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Adam Smith’s Warning for Poland

Moldova’s Briefly Suspended President is Still in Business

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The Voice of European Business Must Be Heard Loud and Clear by Brexit Negotiators

People Power Reminds the Government of the Rule of Law

Old Fashioned Skulduggery Overshadows the Elections in Moldova

Partnership is the Key to CEE-Indian Business

Poland’s Drift Away From Democracy

Prepare for a New Europe

EU-CEE Is Still Growing at a Healthy Rate

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A Bosnian Referendum Shows Russia’s Influence in the Balkans—As Well As Its Limits

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