Netherlands' attractiveness for FDI

The Netherlands excels in the Benelux region, with a steady increase in FDI project numbers.

Tuapse conflict on interests

Industry and tourism in Tuapse: a conflict of interests?

Perched on the temperate Black Sea coast, Tuapse is important for tourism, while its port makes it a major player for trade. The trick is stimulating industrial development while protecting the region’s golden goose – tourism

A plan for prosperity in the Northern Caucasus

A project to create a tourist cluster in the Northern Caucasus is more than just a business proposal, it is a bold attempt to put the region's violent past behind it by making the most of its potential to attract visitors and address local unemployment, writes Courtney Fingar as part of a special report

Ambassadors

An ambassadorial approach to FDI

Unbiased knowledge and high-level contacts are paramount for successful FDI, something that the usual specialist agencies and local partners cannot always offer. But a new service, run by former UK diplomats, is now helping high-profile companies safeguard their investments regardless of economic, political or legal uncertainties.

Slovakia Volks

Slovakia: reforms fuel recovery prospects

With its place at the heart of Europe and a skilled labour force with a strong work ethic, Slovakia is well-placed to attract more investment, especially after the government introduced reforms to challenge corruption and make regional incentives more accessible to foreign companies.

Karapetyan

Yerevan mayor treasures the old while seeking new investments

As Armenia's capital of Yerevan takes its first steps towards the privatisation of key public services, mayor Karen Karapetyan tells Courtney Fingarof his priorities for this ancient city, and his hopes for improvements in relations with neighbouring countries

Think Tank Aug 2011

Ukraine’s potential tempts pioneer spirit

Ukraine has recently underperformed compared with its neighbours in terms of FDI inflows, but for bold investors, the potential is there for rich returns.

Montenegro Budvar

Montenegro offers a safe harbour for the jet set

Montenegro has become a playground for the world's billionaires -- with its revamped resorts offering an ideal place to party.

View from Europe: where next for the euro?

The euro project now needs strong political leadership if it is to survive the widening gap between its northern and southern members, says Douglas Clark

Barbara Kudrycka

Polish science and education minister eyes research hub status

New legislation will make the country’s already intensive science and research activity more market oriented and business friendly, according to science and higher education minister Barbara Kudrycka

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