Some analysts have dubbed Central and Eastern Europe a safe haven – due to relatively low risk, because the countries have reformed, and relatively high yields, as they are still seen as emerging markets – but the risks are increasing.
Analysts are skeptical now that the euro would be such a good idea, even if ordinary Poles are still optimistic.
"I think Poland is still quite an exciting market. First of all, because there is a very strong local investor base, and the pension and investment funds represent over $100 billion in assets," Greg Konieczny, investment manager at Franklin Templeton, told CNBC.
Mateusz Szczurek, CEE chief economist at ING, told CNBC that the Polish central bank had justified its decision to prop-up the zloty on the grounds that it needed to "punish speculators".
Slovakia is now, together with the Czech Republic, considered a relative safe haven, more so than many other countries, both in Central and Eastern Europe and in the euro zone.
Poland faces parliamentary elections on Oct. 9, but any new government will have to show restraint in spending public money, analysts said.
Hungary's government has raised a lot of eyebrows among investors since it came to power in May 2010.
With the Swiss National Bank setting a ceiling for the Swiss franc's appreciation against the euro, the need for new safe havens has become acute, and the Czech Republic, with its strong economy and stable currency, is emerging as a contender.
Central and Eastern Europe is still a place where investors can make money but they have to choose their sectors and stocks carefully, emerging markets specialist investor Mark Mobius told CNBC.com in an interview.
Central and Eastern Europe have been known as a turbo-charged version of Western Europe: when Western economies merely grow, the Eastern European ones boom. When things are bad in the West, they're awful in the East.
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A collapse of Europe's monetary union would likely lead to a breakup of the European Union as a whole, posing significant risks to the region and even raising the possibility of war in the long term, Poland’s Finance Minister told CNBC.
In 2008, Eastern Europe was in the throes of a major financial crisis. Burdened with public and private debt, Hungary, Latvia and Romania had to be bailed out by the IMF; they faced severe austerity measures and high unemployment. Fast forward three years and Eastern Europe seems in much better shape, while the West faces the most serious financial challenge since the establishment of the European Union.
Worries about Western Europe have spilled into countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the region's fate is tightly linked to that of its main exporting market, Wike Groenenberg, head of CEEMEA strategy at Citi, told CNBC on Wednesday.
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While periphery euro zone countries are drowning in a sea of debt and investor reluctance, Eastern Europe – which two years ago sent shockwaves through markets – is now shining away from the limelight.