What does Putin’s latest Central Banker mean for Russia’s economy?
Analysis

What does Putin’s latest Central Banker mean for Russia’s economy?

Sergei Ignatiev, Russia’s current central banker, will end his third mandate on 24 June this year, after 11 years as the head of the Bank of Russia. Putin has found a replacement for Ignatiev by appointing, in March, Elvira Nabiullina, Putin’s close ally and economic advisor. This nomination seems to hide Putin’s intentions to directly … Continue reading

Reviews

Kudrin – On the Money

Maria Filmanovic & Lili Bayer were impressed by the openness of Alexey Kudrin’s recent talk at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University. ‘Resign when you disagree in principle with a decision.’ This was Alexey Kudrin’s advice for aspiring public servants in a talk at Oxford University, recalling his own departure from office in … Continue reading

Latvia: a country refusing to look at the other side of the coin
Analysis

Latvia: a country refusing to look at the other side of the coin

On Monday, 4 March 2013, the government of Latvia formally requested permission to begin the process of joining the Euro. Brussels doesn’t seem so keen. Maria Eugenia Filmanovic investigates. Like many European Union member states, Latvia suffered dreadfully from 2008 global financial crisis. In 2008, its economy contracted by more than 20 percent due to … Continue reading

A new Governor for a new era?
Analysis

A new Governor for a new era?

Hungary’s Prime Minister Appoints a Controversial New Central Bank Governor. Lili Bayer assesses the Governor-to-be. Even Eurozone Finance Ministers would probably concede their sympathy to András Simor, the outgoing governor of the Hungarian Central Bank. Over the past six years, Mr Simor has had to face the Euro crisis engulfing Hungary’s largest economic partners, while … Continue reading