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Hungary: Clear Victory for Orban

Today, Hungary has held parliamentary elections. Despite controversial and radical reforms, Prime Minister Orban was confirmed.

April 6, 2014

Fitch Keeps Slovak Rating Unchanged

Slovakia´s issuer default rating was kept unchanged at “A+”. The outlooks remain stable.

March 1, 2014

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

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

Bosnia: Protest Movement Calls for Revolution

After the most serious riots since the end of the civil war, the violence has stopped for the time being. Nevertheless, the mood is still more than tense.

February 8, 2014 · Updated: February 8, 2014; 13:33

Bosnia: Protests Turn Into Violence

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

February 7, 2014

Bucharest: Fitch Affirms Sovereign Debt Rating

The U.S. rating agency Fitch has kept the long-term issuer default rating at “BBB-“. The outlook remains stable.

February 3, 2014

Austria: Massive Increase in Unemployment

At the beginning of February, 450,000 Austrians were jobless. In absolute terms, is a new record high.

February 3, 2014

CESEE: Recovery Remains Modest

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has published a report on the regional economic prospects. The economic recovery in CESEE remains fragile.

January 23, 2014

Polish Government to Focus on Social Security

According to Poland´s Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the reduction of unemployment and the improvement of social security will be priority issues in 2014.

January 13, 2014

Czech Economy: Good Prospects for Sustainable Recovery

The Czech economy is expected to return to growth already in the first half of 2014. Growth will not be only based on exports.

January 10, 2014

Southeastern Europe Endangered of Civil Unrests

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, several CESEE countries may face civil unrests in 2014. In particular, Southeastern Europe is in the danger zone.

January 4, 2014

„Such Growth Rates Will not Return“

In an interview with the Austrian daily “Presse”, economist Karl Aiginger explains that the worst should be over. The reform pressure on the Austrian government is enormous.

December 30, 2013

Bulgaria: S&P Downgrade Criticized Sharply

Bulgarian Minister of Economy Dragomir Stynev does not agree with S&P´s view on Bulgaria´s creditworthiness.

December 16, 2013

Poland: Growth May be Higher than Projected

Poland´s new Finance Minister Mateusz Szczurek thinks that the growth estimations for 2014 may be too cautious.

December 12, 2013

Poland: Unemployment Grows Further

In November, the unemployment rate came at 13.2%. The labor market has the worst behind, the government says.

December 11, 2013

Slovakia: Economy Accelerates Slightly

In the third quarter of 2013, the Slovak GDP year-on-year growth was up to 0.9%, according to the Slovak Statistical Office.

December 8, 2013

Austria: Decent Economic Outlook

Despite an economic acceleration, the macro-economic frame conditions remain difficult in 2014. A major risk factor is the fiscal situation.

November 24, 2013

Austrian Labor Market Continues Downward Trend

Since mid-2012, the Austrian labor market conditions are worsening. Unemployment is going up, the number of vacancies are going down.

November 4, 2013

Czech Growth Outlook Revised

The Czech Ministry of Finance has improved its economic forecasts.

November 1, 2013

Hungary: Unemployment Continues Downward Trend

In September, Hungary´s unemployment rate was down by 0.6 percentage points. The number of jobseekers is 8.1% less than in 2012.

November 1, 2013

Czech Unemployment Stable

In the last twelve months, the Czech labor market conditions remained almost unchanged. Employment was up slightly, unemployment was flat.

November 1, 2013

Bulgaria: Unemployment Anticipated to Decrease

Regarding the economic development in 2014, Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association demonstrates optimism.

October 31, 2013

IMF on Slovenia: “Cleaning Up Banks is the Priority”

The IMF urges Slovenia to restructure its ailing banking sector. Slovenia faces expensive bank aid-programs.

October 29, 2013

Southeastern Europe: Dramatic Labor Market Conditions

In Southeastern Europe, the labor market conditions are similarly bad as in Southern Europe. Above all, youth unemployment is extremely high.

October 22, 2013

Bulgaria: FDI Inflow Shrinks Drastically

In the first eight months of 2013, foreign direct investments fell by more than 51%. Without impulses from foreign investors, the country will not return to growth.

October 21, 2013

Serbia Fights Against National Bankruptcy

The Serbian government has decided to implement a new austerity package. Above all, civil servants face substantial salary cuts.

October 9, 2013

Croatia: Domestic Consumption Remains Weak

In the next years, Croatia´s economic performance will mainly depend on external factors.

October 5, 2013

Czech Republic: Unemployment Stabilizes

Despite the unfavorable macro-economic frame conditions, the Czech labor market situation is stable. Employment rose by 0.8 percentage points.

October 2, 2013

Upward Trend in Poland´s Labor Market

The unemployment quota stabilizes at a high level. Poland´s economic outlook improves gradually.

October 1, 2013

Czech Republic: Working Poor Class Grows

In total, about one million Czechs fall into the category of employed poor. Their number is growing substantially.

September 28, 2013

Hungary: Official Unemployment Rate Below 10%

Hungary´s statistical office KSH has published the newest labor market data today. The real labor market conditions in Hungary are expected to be substantially worse.

September 27, 2013

Poland: Tusk Demonstrates Optimism

This year, Poland´s economic growth begins to accelerate. According to Prime Minister Donald Tusk, the growth rate will be higher than 1.5%.

September 4, 2013

Serbia: Moderate Upward Trend

In the first three months, Serbia´s GDP was up by 0.5%. However, domestic demand is still declining.

August 6, 2013

Croatia: Upwsing Depends on Return of Investors

Vedrana Jelusic, head of EBRD Croatia, thinks that Croatia benefits from the joining the EU. Introducing the euro is no issue yet, she told “Wirtschaftsblatt”.

August 3, 2013

Vienna: Industrial Sector Shrinks

The Viennese industrial sector faces hard times. Not only the number of workers, but also the order intake is decreasing substantially.

July 18, 2013

Poland: Economic Upswing not before 2014

Poland´s National Bank NBP expects that the country´s economic performance will not improve visibly this year.

July 16, 2013

Cyprus: 37.5 % Only The First Cut

Assets will be burdened much higher than assumed. Apart from the mandatory levy of 37.5 % a further amount of 22.5 % will be frozen in.

March 30, 2013

67 % of Estonians Work in Service Sector

According to the data of the 2011 Population and Housing Census (PHC 2011) of Statistics Estonia, 67% of persons employed in Estonia worked in service sector, 29% in industrial sector and only 4% in primary sector.

March 30, 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

Austrian Economy Recovers Cautiously

At the moment, Austria´s economy still stagnates. In the first quarter of 2013, the economic growth rate only comes at 0.1%, the Austrian National Bank says.

March 13, 2013

Czech Republic: GDP Decreasing by 2.1%

The gross domestic product adjusted for price, seasonal, and calendar effects decreased according to the refined estimate by 1.2% compared to 2011; the decrease was gradually deepening during the year.

March 11, 2013

Bulgaria: „Eagle’s Bridge“-Protests Start Today

Other meetings of protest representatives are taking place in Gabrov today to elect a committee for further negotiations with government.

March 9, 2013

Estonian Labor Market Records Promising Results

In the 4th quarter the number of job vacancies increased by four percent.

March 8, 2013

Poland: Government Retains Economic Forecast

Despite the economic slowdown, Poland´s Minister of Finance Jacek Rostowski demonstrates optimism.

March 5, 2013

Slovakia: Economy Stagnating

On February 22, the European Commission anounced its modifications concerning the annual prognosis of the eurozone’s economic outlook for 2013. While the majority of the countries are in recession, Slovakia’s economy is forecast to grow by 1.1 %

March 4, 2013

Romania: Labor Market Situation Improves Slightly

In January 2013, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was estimated at 6.6%, decreasing by 0.1 percentage point as compared to the previous month.

March 2, 2013

Latvia: Unemployment Shrinks Rapidly

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that the number of unemployed persons (aged 15-74) in 2012 has diminished by 11.1 thousand.

March 1, 2013

Czech Republic: Unemployment Grows Slightly

In January 2013, the general employment was up by 1.3 percentage points. The unemployment rate came at 7.0% in January.

March 1, 2013

Austria: Record High in People Unemployed

At the end of February, 404,006 persons were seeking for a job. Compared to January this means an increase of 5.3 % or further 16,337 people jobless.

March 1, 2013
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