RaboResearch - Economic Research

Country Report

Country Report Croatia

Croatia’s economy is heading for its sixth year of recession, as ongoing deleveraging efforts and structural weaknesses depress growth. Amid worrying public debt dynamics, Croatia’s government increased its fiscal consolidation efforts and adopted some structural reforms.

Country Report

Country Report Russia

Due to the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Russia’s economy deteriorated; growth fell and the Ruble depreciated. In recent weeks the situation has improved, but risks remain to the downsize, as we may not exclude additional sanctions from the west.

Country Report

Country Report Czech Republic

The Czech Republic’s economy is heading for a relatively broad-based recovery, after it emerged from an 18-month recession last year. On the political front, early elections following a major corruption scandal yielded a less eurosceptical cabinet.

Country Report

Country Report Serbia

Serbia’s newly-elected government promised to embark on a comprehensive structural reform programme as the country’s fiscal situation has deteriorated markedly, but the prospect of faltering economic growth could confront it with considerable social challenges.

Country Report

Country Report Austria

Austria’s economic growth is set to gain steam, but its banks may face rising challenges in Russia and Ukraine, where they have sizeable exposures. Meanwhile, the re-elected ‘Grand Coalition’ government finally decided on a bad bank solution for Hypo Alpe Adria.

Country Report

Country Report Turkey

Turkey’s external vulnerabilities decreased in the first quarter of this year, as the current account deficit started to decline and net capital inflows resumed. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Erdoğan’s dominant position was strengthened by his party’s victory at the March 30th municipal elections.

Country Report

Country Report Slovenia

Slovenia avoided a sovereign bail-out last year, as an asset quality review revealed manageable bank recapitalization costs. Yet, the country is not out of the woods yet, as its increasingly instable government struggles to rein in this year’s budget deficit.

Country Report

Country Report Slovakia

The Slovak economy is expected to grow modestly by roughly 2.5% in 2014. Unfortunately, this does not significantly aid the structurally weak labour market, since unemployment is expected to remain persistently high. Meanwhile, the election of a new president bodes well for the business environment and the checks and balances of the political system.

Country Report

Country Report Estonia

Estonia’s economic growth will moderate this year, but due to the turmoil in Ukraine the risks are tilted to the downside. Meanwhile, Estonia’s fiscal position remains strong.

Country Report

Country Report Hungary

Thanks to a policy-induced rebound of domestic demand and solid exports, Hungary exited recession last year while keeping its budget deficit below 3% of GDP. Yet, sustainability concerns remain, as unorthodox policies will likely continue beyond the parliamentary elections in April.

Country Report

Country Report Latvia

Following a period of strict fiscal consolidation and economic rebalancing, Latvia joined the euro area in 2014. Its economy continues to rebound strongly from a very deep recession in 2009 despite tight local credit conditions and weak external demand.

Country Report

Country Report Poland

Poland’s economy regained steam in the second half of 2013, as domestic demand gradually picked up. Yet, depending on the decision of the Constitutional Court on a major pension reform, growth could be dampened by additional fiscal austerity measures.

Country Report

Country Report Turkey

Turkey’s economy is heading for a slowdown this year, as external financing conditions deteriorate and the central bank had to hike interest rates strongly to defend the lira. The AKP will likely win the upcoming municipal elections, even as an ongoing corruption probe may cost it some votes.

Country Report

Country Report Romania

Romania has embarked on a gradual export-driven economic recovery, but domestic demand has yet to pick up. Amid rising domestic political tensions, policymaking could come to a standstill until presidential elections are held in November.

Country Report

Country Report Bulgaria

In 2013, Bulgaria was plagued by social unrest related to discontent with the high level of corruption amongst politicians. However, the economy benefitted from stronger external demand.