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CEE Financial Markets under Pressure as Riots Continue in Ukraine

CEE markets under pressure as Ukraine violence heats up. Biggest direct risk to Polish Zloty, but also to Hungarian Forint and Romanian Leu.

February 21, 2014

Bulgaria: Majority of Citizens Call for Early Elections

According to a poll, 80 percent of Bulgarians demand early elections.

December 17, 2013

Turkey: Green Light for EU Accession Talks

On Tuesday, the EU Commission intends to give green light to accession negotiations with Turkey starting at the beginning of November.

October 18, 2013

Ukraine: Clashes between Police and Protesters

During a demonstration against the government in Kiev on Wednesday clashed occurred between police forces and around 400 supporters of the opposition.

October 2, 2013

Poland: Rallies Against Government

Around 20,000 persons took part in a rally against the government organized by the country’s three largest trade unions: Solidarity, the All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions (OPZZ) and the Trade Unions Forum.

September 12, 2013

Turkey: Clashes During Protests

In several Turkish cities, the police violently dispersed protest movements and used tear gas and water cannons. The latest wave of protests was triggered by the death of a 22-year-old young man.

September 12, 2013

Riots before Bulgarian Parliament

Government opponents tried to break through security fences.

September 4, 2013

Turkey: Tear Gas against Demonstrators in Istanbul

The police has once more used tear gas against a new demonstration of critics of the government.

August 21, 2013

Half of Bulgarian Citizens in Favor of New Elections

Only three months after elections in Bulgaria more than half of voters favor new elections, according to a survey. Supporters of the ruling Socialists are outnumbered.

August 21, 2013

Bulgaria: Parliament Outvoted Presidential Veto Against Budget

With the support of the nationalists, the government has won over the Bulgarian President Plevneliev, who intended to avoid higher public spendings.

August 16, 2013

UniCredit: No Withdrawal from Hungary

CEO of UniCredit Federico Ghizzoni has rejected rumors about disengagement plans from Hungary.

August 7, 2013

Turkey: Tear Gas Against Protesters Again

Once more, the Turkish police uses tear gas to fight off protesters.

August 1, 2013

Bulgaria: Danger of Policy Drifting

Bulgaria's fundamentals are strong but politics suggest policy drift.

July 31, 2013

EVN Forced to Lower Electriciy Prices in Bulgaria

Austrian energy provider EVN is ordered by the regulator to drop electricity prices.

July 30, 2013

Protests: Bulgaria in a Political and Social Crisis

Thousands of protesters are still marching the streets of Sofia. It is particularly the educated middle class that has had enough of the raging corruption of the political elite.

July 30, 2013

Bulgarian Deputy PM: “They Want Social Justice“

In an interview with Austrian newspaper Standard, Bulgarian Justice Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Zlatanova (40) talks about the reasons for the protest movement, planned reforms and critizism from abroad.

July 27, 2013

72 Percent of Bulgarians Regard Situation as “Unbearable”

Every day since June 14 protesters are gathering in front of the parliament in Sofia to express their anger about corruption in the country and demand the current government to step down.

July 26, 2013

Bulgarian Protests As Sign of New Understanding of Values

The great wave of protests in Bulgaria continues to sweep the country. Experts regard the demonstrations as a sign of a new understanding of values.

July 25, 2013

Turkey: Gezi Protests Claim Fifth Life

A 19-year-old, who was seriously injured during the protets against the government in Turkey, has died in hospital. The number of fatalities has now risen to five, according to press agency Dogan.

July 10, 2013

Turkey: Gezi Park And Taksim Square Closed Again

Only a few hours after the reopening of Gezi Park, the police in Istanbul once more used violence against demontrators as they wanted to get inside.

July 9, 2013

Turkey: Government Alleged to Have Known About Project Fail

A week before the forceful clearing of Gezi Park in Istanbul, the Turkish government was supposed to know about the fact that it had lost before court with its constructions plans. Protests went on, despite of that.

July 5, 2013

Bulgarian Interior Ministry Going Bankrupt over Mass Protests

According to Interior Minister Tsvetlin Iovchev the security of the public order at the protests has cost the taxpayers BGN 3m.

July 5, 2013

Moody’s: Turmoils In Bulgaria Will Not Affect Fiscal Stability

According to rating agency Moody's, the ongoing political turmoil in Bulgaria is not expected to negatively affect the country's fiscal stability.

July 4, 2013

Turkey: Court Forbids Reconstruction of Taksim Square

Controversial construction project led to protests and brutal police force.

July 3, 2013

No End to Protests in Bulgaria

Demonstrators demand the resignation of the government and early elections.

July 2, 2013

New Protests Against Government in Bulgaria

Demonstrators demand elections again.

July 1, 2013

Turkey: Prospects of EU Accession Talks Brighten

Turkey’s prospects of the continuing of the EU Accession negotiations have brightened. During a meeting in Luxembourg several foreign ministers took a much more moderate tone.

June 24, 2013

Bulgaria: Protest Against Government Continue

The prostest against the Bulgarian government have been going on for days.

June 21, 2013

No Further EU Accession Talks with Turkey

The European Union is obviously going to blow the planned accession negotiation with Turkey next Wednesday because of the recent escalations of violence in the capital Ankara.

June 20, 2013

Bulgaria: Eight People Injured During Protests in Sofia

Thousands of Bulgarian citizens walked the streets of Bulgaria’s capital Sofia for the fourth day in a row to demonstrate for Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski’s resignation.

June 18, 2013

Protests in Bulgaria

Almost two weeks after the assumption of office of the new Bulgarian government, demonstrators have once more demanded the resignation of the predominantly socialist cabinet.

June 17, 2013

Turkey: Protests About to Escalate

Further unrests after forceful clearing of Gezi Park.

June 17, 2013

Turkey: Erdogan Gives In

In the dispute about Gezi Park in Istanbul, which has led to weeks of protests and even violence, the Turkish government leadership now wants to give in.

June 14, 2013

Turkey: Erdogan Considers Referendum

After international criticism was voiced for the use of tear gas by the Turkish police against tens of thousands of demonstrators, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue of a referendum.

June 13, 2013

Turkey: Taksim Square Forcefully Cleared

Protests expected to continue despite of severe measures.

June 12, 2013

Turkey: Police Force Attacks Protesters At Gezi Again

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan seems ready for talks with representatives of the demonstrators, who will be received by him on Wednesday. However, earlier he has demonstrated inexorable hardness.

June 11, 2013

Bulgaria: Protests Against Shale Gas Exploration

Protests will make it problematic for the new Bulgarian government to lift the moratorium on shale gas exploration.

June 10, 2013

Turkey: Erdogan Demands Peaceful End Of Protests

After his return from Northern Africa, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded an immediate stop of protests in his country. Many Russian investors are supposed to have drawn their assets from Turkey.

June 8, 2013

Turkey: More Than 4,000 Injured

Three persons have now lost their lives in the protests. 43 persons are in critical conditions. Erdogan announced to keep to the controversial project.

June 6, 2013

Oresharski: Things Were Never So Bad in Bulgaria

One week after assuming office, Bulgaria’s new Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski announced that the social and economic situation in the country has reached an all-time low.

June 5, 2013

Turkey: Protests Continue

After trade union KESK aligned with demonstrators, the government offered a chance for negotiations for the first time.

June 5, 2013

Turkey: Protests Claimed Life of At Least One Person

According to the medical association at least one protestor was killed in Istanbul. Despite of unequaled violence by the police protests against Prime Minister Erdogan will not break down.

June 3, 2013

Romania to Enhance Shale Gas Production

Romania has announced to soon launch further tenders to increase the exploration of shale gas.

May 27, 2013

No Changes in Bulgarian Political Landscape

At the early elections in Bulgaria, Prime Minister Borissov’s Gerb party turns out winner in the early elections.

May 13, 2013

„Slovenia Can Manage On Its Own“

In an interview with Austrian newspaper Kurier, President of the Slovenian Bankers Association France Arhar stresses that Slovenia is not the new Cyprus.

April 29, 2013