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Country Report Czech Republic

Reflecting close business cycle synchronicity with the euro area and fiscal consolidation at home, the Czech economy contracted by 1.2% last year. Yet, thanks to ongoing fiscal prudence, the deterioration of public finances could be contained.

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Country Report Slovenia

Slovenia has been singled out as a potential candidate for an EU/IMF bailout. Recent bond emissions should cover this year’s financing needs, but larger-than-expected bank recapitalization costs could still make external assistance necessary.

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Country Report Serbia

Serbia’s economic and fiscal situation remains worrisome, as the country’s economy fell back into recession last year and a pre-election spending binge led to a marked deterioration of its public finances.

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Country Report Croatia

Croatia will join the European Union on July 1st, 2013, but its accession is unlikely to bring about short-term relief from its economic problems. Its economy is expected to remain in recession this year, as domestic and external demand stay weak.

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Country Report Slovakia

Economic growth in Slovakia decelerated from 3.2% in 2011 to 2.2% in 2012. Strong foreign demand for Slovak cars and foreign direct investment, the latter primarily by foreign car producers, were the main drivers of growth.

Economic Update

Economic Update Russia

Preliminary data shows that the Russian economy grew by 3.4% y-o-y in 2012. However, this masks the fact that the economy slowed fairly sharply over the course of the year. We expect growth to remain subdued at 3% in 2013.

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Country Report Poland

Being hailed as the only EU country without a recession during the 2008/09 global financial crisis, all eyes are on Poland now that the economy is slowing.

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Country Report Hungary

Hungary’s economy fell back into recession last year and growth is expected to remain negative in 2013. Its government managed to keep the budget deficit below 3% of GDP, but very high foreign currency-denominated debt remains a major source of risk.

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Country Report Romania

Romania’s recovery from the crisis in 2009-2010, when GDP fell by 6.5%, has yet to gain pace. We expect the economy to have grown by a meager 0.2% in 2012. The slow growth is largely caused by the ongoing crisis in the eurozone and slow demand.

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Country Report Kazachstan

President Nazerbayev rules in an authoritarian manner and has no significant opposition. The banking sector remains weak as it is still recovering from a default of the country’s third largest bank. For 2013, the economy is estimated to grow by 7%.

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Country Report Ukraine

The political situation in the Ukraine is troubling, since President Yanukovych is ruling Ukraine in an authoritarian manner. The economy is in bad shape as the country is running twin deficits and in desperate need of additional external financing.