Archive for the ‘Economy & Business’ Category

Putin and the Presidency: An Unwelcome Return?

By S. Adam Cardais + September 29th, 2011

Vladimir Putin’s grip on Russian politics could stretch to 2024 with Dmitry Medvedev handing over the presidency next year, but Russians are growing weary of the ex-KGB officer

Ten Years After Ohrid, A Stalled Macedonia

By Barbara Frye + September 7th, 2011

If Skopje doesn’t want to join the EU, that’s its call. But it’s fair to wonder how sincere its declarations otherwise are.

Child Exploitation? You May Be Wearing It

By Ky Krauthamer + August 10th, 2011

The argument over whether to hit white-ruled South Africa with trade bans and sanctions may seem academic these days, but in the 1970s and ’80s this question fueled endless debates on college campuses and in legislatures across what was then called the First World. One side screamed of the hypocrisy of democratic, freedom-loving nations doing [...]

Hard Travelin’ Romanian Workers

By Ky Krauthamer + August 4th, 2011

Cuttin’ that wheat and stackin’ that hay,
Tryin’ to make about a dollar a day,
I been doin’ some hard harvestin’, Lord.

Multiple choice quiz. The violence in northern Kosovo last week was about: a) a prime minister looking for a little respect; b) stamping out corruption; c) retaliation for a longstanding, one-sided trade embargo; d) forcing Serbia to recognize the symbols of an illegitimate state.

You’ve Got to Remit

By Ky Krauthamer + May 26th, 2011

Remittance payments back to Macedonia were an impressive 1.4 billion euros in 2010 – six times as much as direct investment by foreign companies.

IT and the East

By Andrew Fenwick + May 3rd, 2011

In the coming weeks Transitions Online will be launching a blog focused on the IT and technology sector in post-communist Europe and the former Soviet Union. We want your tips and suggestions

Video: Euronest Forges A New Eastern Alliance

By Andrew Fenwick + March 30th, 2011

While the leaders of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia are used to convening under the banner of the Visegrad group, further east a new alliance is forming that aims to draw the same influence as its Central European forebear.

Glutton for Punishment?

By Barbara Frye + March 28th, 2011

BP has been kicked around in Russia, and the recent court ruling is another blow. But maybe it has some muscle in its corner this time.

Japanese Children Welcome

By Tihomir Loza + March 18th, 2011

Kids from a primary school in the southern Serbian town Medveđa invited earlier this week their Japanese peers to come and stay with them. “Your country gave selfless assistance to our school through a donation that provided us with better conditions. We will never forget that,” wrote the children of the Gornja Jablanica school to [...]

The Biggest Loser

By Barbara Frye + March 14th, 2011

A new report offers surprising findings about where the financial crisis took the biggest bite.

Video: Women’s Global Economic Index

By Andrew Fenwick + March 8th, 2011

To mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, The Economist’s Intelligence Unit and multimedia agency JESS3 has put together a nifty interactive graphic comparing economic opportunities for women around the world.

Exiles of Absheron

By Ky Krauthamer + February 24th, 2011

A new e-book documents the fascinating story of oil in Baku, paying particular attention to the socio-economic effects as wealth poured in during the 19th century, making many local peasants into millionaires …

Your Ukrainian Content Wanted

By Andrew Fenwick + February 21st, 2011

This week marks one year since Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s inauguration. A lot was promised in the run up to the election but have those pledges been fulfilled? TOL plans to investigate with your help

Show Me the (Chinese) Money

By Jeremy Druker + February 16th, 2011

Some new economic data on the region appeared in my inbox today, care of Euromonitor International, which touts itself as “the world’s leading independent provider of business intelligence on industries, countries and consumers”. I can’t vouch for that, but I did find the China-related conclusions of particular interest.

Insajder on Kolubara

By Tihomir Loza + February 13th, 2011

Earlier this week Serbian prosecutors ordered criminal police investigators to interview a former CEO of the Kolubara coal mine.

March Madness, or Thanks, We’re Off

By Ky Krauthamer + February 10th, 2011

Catastrophes typically strike without warning, leaving the authorities and health care workers unprepared. Not this time in the Czech Republic. Weeks ahead of time, special military medical teams are being readied for action. Army medical staff will be on hand with five helicopter ambulances, 10 passenger helicopters, and 100 ground ambulances. Hospitals say they will [...]

That’s a Wrap! Hungarian Film Industry In Danger

By Andrew Fenwick + January 18th, 2011

Much has been made of Hungary’s new journalism laws, but as the debate continues to fill the column inches, coverage of cuts in other areas of the country’s media industry has been sorely lacking.

Welcome to East of Center

By Barbara Frye + January 3rd, 2011

We kick off our new blog with a look at the notion that the second guilty verdict for Mikhail Khodorkovsky is only the latest and most visible in a series of moves destined to scare away investors.


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