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Russia: Inflation on the Rise

In the first six months of 2013, the inflation rate came at 3.5%. Compared to the reference period of 2012, the inflation rate was up by 0.4 percentage points.

July 23, 2013

Poland to Enter the Eurozone in the Medium Term

The biggest new EU member country will become a member of the Eurozone, political observers say unanimously. The only question is when.

July 23, 2013

Poland: Budget Deficit to Peak in 2013

This year, Poland´s budget deficit is expected to reach 4.4% of GDP. The country still has a stable public sector, Moody´s comments.

July 22, 2013

CESEE Countries Show More Fiscal Discipline

Euro area government debt up to 92.2% of GDP. EU27 debt up to 85.9%. The debt increase in Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and the Baltic countries was very decent or even negative.

July 22, 2013

Poland Tries to Manage Fiscal Balancing Act

On the one hand, Poland´s government wants to keep an eye on the Maastricht Criteria. On the other hand, the economic growth would shrink even more without a fiscal stimulus.

July 18, 2013

IMF to Leave Hungary

Hungary´s National Bank MNB has called the IMF to close its representative office. Hungary wants to repay the loan facility provided by the IMF soon.

July 16, 2013

Latvia: Joining the Eurozone

Lativa is becoming the 18th country in the Eurozone. The EU Economy and Finance Ministers have given their green light for the admission.

July 9, 2013

Fekter: Eurozone More Stable Than A Year Ago

Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter has described the condition of the Eurozone as “better” than compared to a year ago.

July 9, 2013

CEE Slowly Escapes Economic Crisis

Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic have slipped into recession. Experts are particularly worried about the newest EU member.

July 4, 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

Austrian Coalition to Take Stock of Legislative Period

In a joint interview with several leading Austrian newspapers, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann and Deputy Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger take stock of the legislative period so far.

June 28, 2013

Latvia Joining The Eurozone As 18th Member

Today the heads of states and governments of the European Union gave their blessing to Latvia’s entry to the Eurozone in 2014.

June 28, 2013

Austrian Public Debt to Rise Further

Quarterly government debt first quarter 2013: € 231.6bn or 74.2 % of GDP.

June 28, 2013

Slovenia’s Economic Outlook to Deteriorate Further

The Institute for Macroeconomic Analysis and Development expects GDP in Slovenia to shrink more than projected earlier.

June 21, 2013

Green Light for Latvia’s Euro Accession

The Eurogroup gave green light for the admission of Lativa to the common European currency.

June 21, 2013

Austria: „Death Blow for Economy“

The Austrian Economic Association (Wirtschaftsbund) announced that the realization of all demands in the Austrian Trade Unions’ (ÖGB) leading proposal would come at € 21.9bn. The Austrian economy would be burdened with € 14bn.

June 17, 2013

Fekter: „Bad Bank for Hypo Not The Most Creative Solution“

The Austrian Greens affirm their demand for the establishing of a bad bank for the ailing Hypo Group and a respective bill.

June 12, 2013

Zagreb: In-depth Analysis of SEE Infrastructure Development Plans

Many countries of Southeast Europe are outlining ambitious infrastructure development plans within transport, social, energy and environmental projects.

June 1, 2013

Hungary: New Interest Rate Cuts Ahead

Since the beginning of March, Hungary´s National Bank MNB has a new governor. The government wants MNB to lower the base rate further.

March 16, 2013

VBAG is Forced to Continue Radical Downsizing Measures

The partly nationalized and financially stricken Austrian banking group has to implement a painful restructuring concept. At the moment, VBAG sells its properties.

March 15, 2013

Turkey: Economic Imbalances Become More Visible

Unlike the Eurozone, Turkey´s economy still shows substantial growth rates. However, Turkey suffers from a number of structural weaknesses.

March 13, 2013

Lithuania: Cashing in Eurobonds to Decrease Public Debt

The finance ministry of Lithuania declared to having redeemed the second large Eurobond issue today and reduced its public debt by € 1 bn.

March 7, 2013

Czech Republic Eases Austerity Policy

In order to boost economic growth, the Czech government tends to refrain from the strict austerity course.

March 5, 2013

Latvia: Letter Requesting the Convergence Report is Signed

The Baltic country wants to become a member of the Eurozone by 2014.

March 5, 2013

Belka and Rostowski “Time to Move Up a Gear”

Governor of NBP (National Bank of Poland) Marek Belka and Poland´s Minister of Finance Jacek Rostowski want to accelerate Poland´s approach to the Eurozone.

March 4, 2013

Austria: Government Adheres to Zero Deficit in 2016

Although the economic development is behind the expectations, the government wants to achieve a budget surplus in 2017.

March 2, 2013

Romania As Risk Factor for Austria´s Public Finance

The partly nationalized Austrian banking group VBAG faces difficulties in Romania. The Austrian Ministry of Finance tries to prevent further capital injections into VBAG.

March 2, 2013

Bulgaria: Economy to Stabilize

Despite the enormous political instability, Bulgaria is expected to record positive growth rates this year.

February 28, 2013

Slovenia: Jansa Remains Prime Minister

Today, Slovenia´s Parliament will elect a new official head of government. However, Jansa will continue the government business.

February 27, 2013

Poland: Rostowki’s Fight for the Euro

Even though Poland’s rating outlook has been revised from “A-“ to “A” by Fitch it still has to face political reforms in order to improve its economic competitiveness.

February 24, 2013

Hungary: Government Demonstrates Optimism

Peter Szijjarto, spokesman of Prime Minister Viktor Orban´s party Fidesz, believes that Hungary´s economy will perform well this year.

February 23, 2013

Romania Tapped Again External Markets

In February, Romania borrowed USD 1.5bn in a 10-year Eurobond. Demand for debt papers was strong, Raiffeisen Research says.

February 22, 2013

Ukraine: Deal With IMF to be Cut in Summer

The visit of IMF mission to Kyiv did not bring the immediate results. Raiffeisen Research expects the negotiations to be rather prolonged.

February 20, 2013

S&P Warns Austria of Election Gifts

This year, Austria will hold federal elections. According to S&P, expensive election gifts may reduce the credit rating outlook.

February 19, 2013

Hungary: Hope for Soon Economic Recovery Vanishes

In the last quarter of 2012, Hungary´s GDP was down by 2.7% compared to the reference period of 2011.

February 19, 2013

Poland: Rostowski Calls for Structural Reforms

Minister of Finance Jacek Rostowski wants his country to join the Eurozone. However, Poland has to implement fiscal reforms, he claims.

February 18, 2013

Euro Adoption: Latvian People Not Convinced at All

Latvia´s government is proud of its austerity course of the last years. According to Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, the country is ready for the euro.

February 16, 2013

Public Debt: Austria´s Government Too Optimistic

The austerity targets of the Austrian government are not realistic. Above all, the official public debt level will increase significantly next year.

February 15, 2013

S&P Downgrades Slovenia

Today, the U.S. rating agency has lowered the credit rating of the financially stricken country. Further downgrades are not unlikely.

February 13, 2013

Satisfying Fiscal Situation in Bulgaria

The 2012 budget deficit stands much lower than planned: 0.5% of GDP. Public debt falls after Eurobond repayment in January 2013, Raiffeisen Research analyzes.

February 11, 2013

Size of Austrian Bank Aid: € 20bn

Since 2008, the Austrian state has injected more than € 8bn into domestic banks. Guarantees total € 12bn.

February 5, 2013

„Hungary Needs Sustainable Reforms“

The IMF underline that the country must restore the confidence of international investors. At the moment, Hungary´s government is not forced to continue the talks with IMF.

February 5, 2013

Bulgaria: Public Debt to Decrease in 2013

According to the Bulgarian government, public debt will be reduced by BGN 600m in 2013. The public finance law has been adopted at the second reading.

February 2, 2013

Bulgaria: Deficit Lower than Planned.

The budget balance under the Consolidated Fiscal Programme (CFP) for 2012 is negative, amounting to BGN 350.2 million, or 0.45% of the planned GDP.

February 2, 2013

Romania: „Ongoing fiscal consolidation in 2012“

According to Raiffeisen Research, Romania´s public finance begins to improve. However, the budget execution still shows some weaknesses.

February 1, 2013

Slovakia: Government Warns of Economic Slowdown

This year, Slovakia´s government expects lower growth rates than in 2012. Besides that, the austerity pressure is growing.

February 1, 2013

Fekter: "Our measures are having an effect"

Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter pleased regarding preliminary administrative budget deficit.

February 1, 2013

Serbia: Foreign Debt Grows

Despite eurobond issue, private sector deleveraging led to mild foreign debt growth, Raiffeisen Research reports.

January 30, 2013

IMF Criticizes Hungarian Government

According to IMF, the economic outlook for Hungary is rather gloomy.

January 28, 2013

Lithuania to Join Eurozone in 2015

According to Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, the country will introduce the euro in the medium term.

January 26, 2013
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