Friday, May 3, 2013

Unemployment Rates in Europe

Here's a map I created yesterday with the latest available data:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Central Europe's Love for Germany

Kristína Mikulová, a fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations (and a former correspondent of The Economist), writes for the Huffington Post about the geopolitics of the Visegrád Four countries.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Dates to watch in 2013

11.-12.1. The Czechs elect their president, for the first time by a direct vote 
15.-16.1. Euromoney conference – The Central and Eastern European Forum – will be held in Vienna
14.2. Flash estimates of the 4Q2012 GDP will be released
February - Latvia officially applies for Eurozone membership
19.3. Energy conference "Inside Ukraine" of The Economist magazine to be held in Vienna
22.4. Eurostat published 2012 debt and deficit figures for EU countries
30.4. Slovak Council for Budget Responsibility will publish its first estimate of the country's "net wealth"
2.5. The Governing Council of the ECB will meet in Bratislava, Slovakia
May – ECB's  Convergence Report will most probably conclude that Latvia has met all criteria and may join the Eurozone in 2014
around 20.6. – Eurostat to publish GDP per capita in PPS, the 2012 figures. Slovakia will have matched Portugal and Greece.
1.7. Croatia becomes the 28th member of the EU
around 22.10. – Eurostat will publish estimates whether the countries meet their three-percent public finance deficit targets in 2013
November – TREND magazine awards Slovak firm, bank and an insurance company of the year

Friday, May 11, 2012

Europe according to GDP per capita

Eurostat's data for 2010 supplemented with missing countries (e.g., Ukraine, Kosovo) from the IMF and the World Bank.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Most Productive Regions of the Former Eastern Bloc

Here are the economic centers of Central and Eastern Europe, as seen by the Eurostat and their GDP per capita rank (% of the EU27 average in PPS):

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Europe According to Slovaks

My contribution to the "Europe According to" mania :)

Monday, November 9, 2009

Slovenia, Czech Republic, Slovakia

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are the three richest countries of the former Eastern Bloc with regard to GDP per person. Yet, their living standars still fall behind their Western-European counterparts'. Whereas Slovenia reaches roughly 62% of the Western-European average, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are only at 41-42%, and the rest of the region lies further down the chart. The Economist reports.