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Austrian Economic News and Analysis

Zeman: Entry in Eurozone Delayed

In a speech to the Lower House ahead of the vote in confidence for the new government Czech President Milos Zeman expressed his dissatisfaction over the latest monetary intervention by the Czech National Bank (CNB).

February 19, 2014

Poland Ranks High in FDI Attractivity

Polish cities are still very attractive for FDI, according to fDI Intelligence.

February 19, 2014

Czech Republic: New Government Passed Vote of Confidence

The new Czech government under Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka has passed the vote of confidence in parliament yesterday.

February 19, 2014

Erste: CEE Financial Market Not Concerned by Low Inflation

Low inflation will not change CEE market forecasts, according to Erste Group.

February 18, 2014

Poland: Strong Prospects for High Growth

Prime Minister Donald Tusk is positive Poland will achive a GDP growth of more than three percent this year.

February 18, 2014

Romania: Fit for Eurozone?

According to estimates by the Romanian government, the country is fit for joining the single currency union.

February 17, 2014

Austria: Economic Upturn Still in Standby-Mode

According to the analysis of the economic indicator of Bank Austria, there is moderate growth and hope for the first quarter in 2014.

February 17, 2014

Slovenia: Heading for Recovery

Slovenia seems to have circumnavigated the crisis as the small country is not a Eurozone bail-out candidate anymore, according to Prime Minister Bratusek.

February 17, 2014

Fitch Keeps Polish Sovereign Rating Unchanged

The U.S. rating agency has reassessed Poland´s sovereign debt rating.

February 15, 2014

Threat of Bankruptcy: Moody´s Cuts Hypo Group Alpe Adria´s Rating

The U.S. rating agency downgrades the rating of the Austrian nationalized lender by four notches. Moody´s referred to the uncertainty and the vague statements of the Austrian government.

February 15, 2014 · Updated: February 15, 2014; 18:47

Bosnia: The Calm After the Storm

The protest movement has lost momentum. The future of Bosnia is more uncertain than ever before.

February 15, 2014

Dramatic Capital Outflow in CESEE

The countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe suffer from the dependence on foreign investments. Despite the economic recovery, FDIs are falling persistently.

February 15, 2014

Kurz: “We Want Serbia to Join EU ASAP”

According to the Austrian Foreign Minister, the prospect of an EU membership could help accelerate the implementation of reforms.

February 14, 2014

Austria: Economic Growth Accelerates

In the fourth quarter in 2013 GDP increased by 0.3 percent compared to the previous quarter and by 0.9 percent year-on-year.

February 14, 2014

Serbia: Key Rate Kept Untouched

The board of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) underlined the importance of a cautious monetary policy in the light of the current economic developments.

February 14, 2014

Serbia: FDI of Great Importance for Economy

According to Deputy Prime Minister Vucic, the country’s biggest problem was the rate debt rate and fiscal deficit.

February 14, 2014

IHS Rejects Hypo Group’s Bankruptcy

According to Keuschnig, it is also a question about a “national bankruptcy“.

February 13, 2014

Improving Situation in Slovenia

Banka Slovenije points out that the finance industry was negatively affected by provisions and write-offs. However, the situation seems to be improving.

February 13, 2014

Singer: “Forex Interventions Were Right Measures”

Miroslav Singer, Governor of the Czech National Bank (CNB), considers the forex intervention and the weakening of the Czech Crown as the right measures in the light of the most recent inflation figures.

February 13, 2014

Serbia: FDI for Sustainable Growth

Serbia needs FDI in the amount of € 2bn at least to stimulate sustainable growth, according to experts.

February 12, 2014

Cernko: Wealthy to Support R&D in Austria

The CEO of Bank Austria calls upon the Austrian government to take into consideration the funding of research and development by wealthy individuals and regard this as part of their “tax duty”.

February 12, 2014

Ukraine: Tough Market for Foreign Banks

The coming two years will be challenging for foreign banks operating in Ukraine.

February 11, 2014

Wifo: Recovery Continues

Early indicators by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (Wifo) point to a gradual recovery of the economy both in the European Union and in Austria.

February 11, 2014

Austria: Hypo Group Becomes Fiasco for Taxpayers

The most expensive solution for the winding up of troubled Hypo Group becomes imminent.

February 11, 2014

FMA: Hypo Group Bankruptcy Incalculable Risk

The government does not dismiss the idea of a bankruptcy of ailing Hypo Alpe Adria. However, the Financial Market Authority (FMA) has expressly warned of this form of downsizing of the state bank.

February 10, 2014

Poland: Economic Growth to Speed Up

According to the Economy Ministry’s forecast, economic growth is supposed to come at 3 percent of GDP year-on-year this year. Inflation, on the other, is expected to come at 2 percent.

February 10, 2014

Hypo Group Alpe Adria: The War of Nerves Has Begun

The Austrian government puts enormous pressure on the Austrian banking sector and does not exclude Hypo Group´s orderly bankruptcy anymore. The Austrian banking sector insistently warns of this option.

February 9, 2014 · Updated: February 9, 2014; 23:41

Bosnia: Protests Go On

After a number of political step-downs, the protests in Bosnia do not come to an end. The protest movements wants to take back controversial privatizations and the state presidium to step down.

February 9, 2014

ECB Wants to Supervise All Banks

For the European Central Bank, the current authority does not go far enough. The ECB wants to control all 6,600 banks in the Eurozone.

February 8, 2014

“We Want to Return to the Mainstream”

The new Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka announced that the country will become a member of the EU Fiscal Pact.

February 7, 2014

Hypo Group Alpe Adria: Extreme Burden for Austrian State Budget Ahead

The bad news about the nationalized Balkan lender do not break up. In 2014, the Austrian problem bank may cause costs in the amount of € 9bn.

February 7, 2014

Czech Republic. Euro Adoption Causes Dispute Within the Cabinet

Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs Lubomir Zaoralek (CSSD – Czech Social Democrats) wants to adopt the euro as soon as possible. Minister of Finance Andrej Babis rejects that idea.

February 7, 2014

Bosnia: Protests Turn Into Violence

Due to the extremely tense social situation in the Balkan country, first protests turned into violence.

February 7, 2014

Czech Republic: CNB Demonstrates Optimism

The Czech National Bank has revised the economic outlook. Domestic demand remains is expected to remain weak.

February 7, 2014

Standard & Poor´s Underlines Poland´s Economic Robustness

The U.S. rating agency S&P keeps Poland´s sovereign debt rating unchanged. The outlook remains stable.

February 7, 2014

Slovenia Under Pressure Again

The International Monetary Fund calls Slovenia to cut public spending radically. The Slovenian government still refrains from unpopular decisions.

February 7, 2014

“Fragile Recovery in CEE Banking Sector”

According to the U.S. rating agency Fitch, the banking sector in Central and Eastern Europe is highly heterogeneous.

February 6, 2014

Croatia: Optimism Despite Difficult Frame Conditions

After six consecutive years of negative growth rates, Croatia´s economy is still far away from a recovery. Nevertheless, Croatian entrepreneurs are relatively optimistic.

February 6, 2014

Czech National Bank Retains Monetary Strategy

The Czech National Bank keeps the reference rate at the record low and confirms its commitment to continue interventions.

February 6, 2014

Poland: Public Debt Falls Significantly

Due to the nationalization of the pension funds OFE, Poland´s public debt quota goes down to 50% of GDP.

February 6, 2014

Fitch Criticizes European Stress Tests

The rating agency argues that there is still a lack in technical details. Regarding the robustness of the stress tests, Fitch demonstrates skepticism.

February 6, 2014

CESEE: Stuck in Transition or Just a Break?

Despite all difficulties in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, the region remains essential for Austria. The long-term growth potential remains intact.

February 6, 2014 · Updated: February 6, 2014; 13:41

Poland: Interest Rate Remains Unchanged

The National Bank of Poland (NBP) has kept the reference rate stable at 2.50%. As the zloty has begun to weaken, the pressure on NBP is growing.

February 6, 2014 · Updated: February 6, 2014; 10:24

Romania Reaches Agreement With IMF

Romania has met the criteria to receive a stand-by agreement by the International Monetary Fund.

February 5, 2014

Romania: Remarkable Development Since 2000

The advisory firm pwc has compiled a study on the economic progress of advanced and emerging economies. Poland and Romania are one of the top performers.

February 5, 2014

Roubini: Hungary in Difficulties

A number of emerging countries are facing enormous problems, according to economist Nouriel Roubini. Also countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe are affected.

February 5, 2014

Poland: Economic Growth to Accelerate Further

Today, the U.S. rating agency Fitch has revised its economic forecast.

February 5, 2014

Austrian Minister of Finance Under Fire

Christoph Leitl, President of the Austrian Chamber of Economics, criticizes the Austrian government sharply. Minister of Finance Michael Spindelegger is put on the defensive.

February 5, 2014

Czech Republic: Rusnok to Become CNB Board Member

Czech President Milos Zeman will appoint former Czech prime minister Jiri Rusnok as new board member of the Czech National Bank.

February 4, 2014

Criticism of Croatia´s Fiscal Policy

Next year, Croatia´s government wants to comply with the EU fiscal rules. According to economists, this aim is not realistic.

February 4, 2014