In the first three quarters of 2019, Hungary, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Slovakia recorded a real estate investment volume of EUR9bn, according to a report from Colliers, with office sector being the most preferred.
A record-breaking leveraged buy-out in Poland highlights both the growing appetite of global private equity firms for Central European assets and the increasingly favorable financing conditions in the region.
In the countries of CSE region subsequent projects on construction of nuclear power plants have been unsuccessful. The question of the economic sense of their development in Poland recurs, including the on-going election campaign.
The Polish government is not the most lavish one as far as attracting FDI is concerned. According to the latest report by the Polish Foreign Investment Agency, Poland has less incentives than Bulgaria and the Czech Republic but more than Slovakia or Romania.
November 2014 was again a month of marches in Bratislava, with thousands taking to the streets of the Slovak capital to deplore state corruption much as their parents had massed to bring down communism a quarter century ago.
Slovak prime minister Robert Fico emerged from last month's presidential elections a bruised and battered political figure – but his loss at the hands of novice politician Andrej Kiska is unlikely to have much of an impact on one of the EU's fastest growing economies.
Until recently Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia were seen as the countries with the best governing standards, the most solid banking systems, the most open to foreign investors and with generally predictable politics. There used to be a pretty easy split between the good and bad halves of...