Archive for the ‘Economy & Business’ Category

Bosnia 2025

By S. Adam Cardais + April 5th, 2012

A polymathic group offers five scenarios for the future of Bosnia

A Balkan Youthquake?

By S. Adam Cardais + March 28th, 2012

From Skopje to Sarajevo, young people are alienated and increasingly frustrated

For Kyrgyz Villagers, Journeys of Love and Necessity

By Ky Krauthamer + March 26th, 2012

“Far from leading to a retreat from collective commitments, remittances can play an important role in keeping other family members together and in reproducing the village as a social and moral unit.”

Ukraine’s Solar Surge

By S. Adam Cardais + March 1st, 2012

Kiev is courting solar investment – could it get burned?

China in the Balkans: Invasion of the Voleex?

By Ky Krauthamer + February 18th, 2012

“China has stayed loyal to ‘a few principles, which we here in the West have turned our backs on in recent times.’ “

Kosovo: Vetevendosje’s ‘Determination’

By S. Adam Cardais + January 12th, 2012

Kosovo’s opposition Self-Determination movement is planning a massive protest this weekend that would be the most stunning example yet of its rise from the radical fringes to legitimate political insurgency …

Messiahs Don’t Compromise, or Do They?

By Jeremy Druker + January 5th, 2012

It’s times like this that make one wonder if sometimes countries such as Hungary aren’t better off having opportunistic crooks in power who take their share and leave than ideologues that seem to be willing to run their nations into the ground.

Bosnia Gets a Government

By S. Adam Cardais + January 5th, 2012

Bosnian leaders have finally broken a 14-month political impasse, but the spirit of compromise has hardly swept Sarajevo

The ECB To The Rescue

By S. Adam Cardais + December 22nd, 2011

Can the ECB’s new bank recapitalization scheme forestall eurozone contagion in Central and Eastern Europe?

Havel the Economist

By Jeremy Druker + December 21st, 2011

However unlikely it would have seemed, Havel even excelled in the area of economic affairs during his presidency.

Losing its Luster?

By S. Adam Cardais + December 8th, 2011

As the eurozone crisis escalates, post-communist Europe is cooling on the euro. Should we be alarmed? Or even surprised?

On Debt Default Doomsday Scenarios, Part Two

By S. Adam Cardais + November 17th, 2011

A new EBRD report assesses the economic and political fallout in TOL countries from the 2008-2010 global financial crisis – and what’s at stake for the region now, with the eurozone in turmoil

The Good Life, Through the Eyes of Statisticians

By Barbara Frye + November 15th, 2011

A quick peek into an annual measure of how well or poorly people around the globe are living.

Of Debt Default and Doomsday Scenarios

By S. Adam Cardais + November 10th, 2011

Even as the 2008 financial crisis spread to Western Europe, TOL’s coverage area was thought insulated. Then came Lehman Brothers. How exposed are post-Communist Europe and Central Asia to the European debt crisis?

What Does Democratic Transition Look Like?

By Barbara Frye + November 1st, 2011

How much can we tell about Eastern Europe’s democracies from its public spaces?

A Look at the Systems That Allow Corruption to Flourish

By Barbara Frye + October 25th, 2011

If you were a dictator looking to siphon off some oil money, you would do well to look west for some help.

Mongolia’s Economic Miracle, Revisited

By S. Adam Cardais + October 20th, 2011

Mongolia’s economy is soaring thanks to a mining boom. Can it last?

Bosnia enters the record books

By S. Adam Cardais + October 6th, 2011

This week marks a year since Bosnia has had a central government. The country isn’t ungoverned, but there’s still plenty of cause for concern

On Kyiv, Brussels, Oligarchs, and a Comatose Patient

By Barbara Frye + October 4th, 2011

One Ukrainian writer says his country is committing suicide, with surgery or euthanasia the only options.

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