Tomasz Czechowicz, managing director at MCI Management, discusses investment opportunities in CEE countries and advises investing in the "digital disruption space" as well as Turkey and Russia.» Read More
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/ BRUSSELS, March 6- Crimea's parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow- backed government set a referendum in 10 days' time in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian region that drew a sharp riposte from U.S.
*Ukraine says moves in Crimea coordinated in Russia. The vote by Crimea's parliament gives Putin the upper hand in the crisis over Ukraine, but risks antagonising pro-Western leaders in Kiev who have refused to resort to military action or fan tensions in Ukraine's Russian-speaking south and east.
PARIS, Feb 23- Western nations face a daunting task to help stabilise a near bankrupt Ukraine after a popular uprising toppled its Russian-backed president, and will need to placate a wounded Moscow.
*EU offers talks to Cuba on trade, investment accord. BRUSSELS, Feb 20- Eleven months before Barack Obama's historic handshake with Raul Castro, Europe staged its own show of friendliness with Cuba. But all this warmth at Nelson Mandela's memorial service in South Africa has brought no radical change and the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba, imposed in 1962, remains.
*Hungary auction surprisingly strong despite Ukraine fear. *Ukraine, emerging market concerns weigh on CEE assets. BUDAPEST, Feb 20- Central European assets fell on Thursday due to fears that the turmoil in neighbouring Ukraine was worsening and could fuel foreign capital withdrawals from regional markets.
BUDAPEST, Feb 20- Central European assets fell on Thursday as violence in neighbouring Ukraine cut investor appetite, raising some concern in Hungary about weak demand for the bonds on offer at an auction.
*Polish, French, German foreign ministers flying to Kiev on Thursday.
*Hungary, Romania seen vulnerable in emerging Europe. LONDON, Feb 11- Central and eastern Europe may have weathered the latest emerging markets squalls better than most but Hungary and Romania show the region is not immune and capital flight is not the only worry on investors' minds.
BRUSSELS, Feb 10- The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist-ruled country in 2008..
BRUSSELS, Feb 10- The European Union agreed on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist island in 2008..
*Start-ups, lenders try to make banking more like a game. *Nine percent of banks try' gamification'- industry body. PARIS, Feb 5- Imagine if getting a bank loan was like playing a computer game: as you performed special moves, completed levels and racked up points, your credit profile improved and your cost of borrowing dropped.
Complicating matters further, the United States and Russia clashed over the pace of Syria's handover of chemical arms for destruction with Washington accusing Damascus of foot-dragging, putting the plan 6-8 weeks behind schedule- and Moscow- President Bashar al-Assad's big power ally- rejecting this.
*Government not committed to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A contentious week-long first round of Syrian peace talks ended on Friday with no progress towards ending the civil war and the government delegation unable to say whether it will return for the next round in 10 days.
*Delegates expected to return on Feb. 10. GENEVA, Jan 31- A first round of peace talks on Syria wraps up Friday with both sides in entrenched positions and the U.N. mediator expressing frustration that he had not even produced agreement for an aid convoy to rescue trapped civilians in a besieged city.
Jan 27- For other related diaries, please. TUESDAY, JAN 28 BRUSSELS- IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble and Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos will attend an IMF book launch function "Jobs and Growth: Supporting the European Recovery"- 0700 GMT.
Almost 200 nations at U.N. talks in Warsaw last month agreed to fund the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program and took steps to ensure it will be part of a global pact to tackle climate change after 2020..
LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Nov 26- A weak deal at U.N. climate talks in Warsaw underlines how hard it will be for EU leaders to forge an agreement on 2030 environment and energy goals early next year as some governments and businesses seek to place economics first.
By Michael Szabo and Stian Reklev. WARSAW, Nov 22- A dispute over how to raise cash to help developing nations cope with global warming threatened to derail U.N. climate talks in Warsaw on a final day on Friday, despite a glimmer of progress in protecting carbon-rich forests.
Negotiators from around 195 countries are working to lay the foundations for a new global climate accord that is due to be agreed in 2015 in Paris, and come into force after 2020, but few concrete steps have emerged from two weeks of talks in Warsaw.
Tomasz Trzoslo, managing director for Poland at Jones Lang LaSalle, talks about the Polish real estate market and reveals that the country's sector attracts 70 percent of capital in the region.