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Emerging Europe Economics Update

Emerging Europe Economics Update

CBRT rate cut sowing the seeds of next currency crisis

Turkey’s central bank stepped up its fight against economic orthodoxy by cutting its one-week repo rate by 100bp, to 13.00%, despite the backdrop of inflation at 80% and an extremely poor external position. This latest move could prove to be the trigger for yet another currency crisis.

18 August 2022

Emerging Europe Economics Update

Central and Eastern Europe GDP (Q2 2022)

A mixed performance, with Poland getting the wrong headlines GDP in Hungary and Romania continued to expand strongly in Q2 by 1-2% q/q, but the Czech and Slovakian economies barely grew at all and there was a shocking 2.3% q/q contraction in Poland. Looking ahead, the economic outlook has deteriorated sharply. External demand is weakening and inflation continues to surge.…

17 August 2022

Emerging Europe Economics Update

EU & the rule of law dispute: why do EU funds matter?

EU funds will provide a key boost to economies in Central and Eastern Europe in the coming years as the region navigates a challenging macro environment and slowing global growth. Disputes with the European Commission over the rule of law in Hungary and Poland look close to being resolved, but the risk of funds being halted indefinitely remains high and would weigh heavily on growth in both countries. Emerging Europe Drop-In (11th Aug): We’re expecting downturns in Central and Eastern Europe, but how bad could it get? Join this 20-minute briefing on our Q3 Outlook report, including the latest on Turkey, Russia and whether Hungary’s forint has further to fall. Register now.

10 August 2022
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Qatar’s LNG boost still a few years away

With Russia tightening its squeeze on supply of gas to Europe, governments are turning their attention to other major gas exporters such as Qatar to try to fill the gap. But Qatar’s gas sector is already operating close to capacity and, while the North Field expansion that comes online from 2025 will boost the country’s LNG capacity by over 60%, this wouldn’t be a panacea for Europe’s gas shortages. In view of the wider interest, we are also sending this MENA Update to clients of our Energy and Emerging Europe Services.

Emerging Europe Economics Update

CNB brings its tightening cycle to an end

The Czech National Bank became the first major EM central bank to end its tightening cycle after it left its policy rate on hold at 7.00% today. The communications were not as dovish as we had expected, but the new-look MPC is clearly less inclined to tackle inflation with further interest rates hikes than the last and we think it will also be one of the first central banks to cut rates next year. Emerging Europe Drop-In (11th Aug): We’re expecting downturns in Central and Eastern Europe, but how bad could it get? Join this 20-minute briefing on our Q3 Outlook report, including the latest on Turkey, Russia and whether Hungary’s forint has further to fall. Register now.

Emerging Europe Economics Update

Russia’s economy is wounded, not screaming in pain

Western sanctions have caused activity in certain sectors of Russia’s economy to collapse, but activity has held up reasonably well in key areas such as oil production and less import-dependent manufacturing. What’s clear, though, is that the full effect of sanctions will take years to feed through. This underpins our view that sanctions have severely reduced Russia’s medium-term growth potential. EM Drop-In (4th August, 10:00 ET/15:00 BST): Join our monthly online session on the big issues in emerging markets. In this 20-minute briefing, the team will be answering your questions about debt risks amid global tightening, the latest on the inflation outlook and much more. Register now.

Emerging Europe Economics Update

Europe’s energy crisis: the impact on Russia & CEE

The decision by Gazprom to cut natural gas supplies to Europe to 20% of capacity has caused gas prices to surge and raised the risk of energy shortages during the winter. A full gas cut-off would result in self-inflicted pain for Russia. For the rest of the region, were gas to be rationed, that would cause currencies to fall further, industrial production to collapse and push Czechia and Hungary into deeper recessions.

Emerging Europe Economics Update

Weak leu not a silver bullet for Romania’s CA deficit

Romania’s current account deficit is likely to rise to almost 9% of GDP this year. While a weaker currency would help to reduce this shortfall, structural reforms are needed to boost competitiveness in the long term. Until then, Romania’s deteriorating external position leaves the country vulnerable to souring risk appetite, which could put downward pressure on the leu and prompt a further bond market sell-off.

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