The Southeast European nation celebrates its 30th anniversary as one of the most advanced and sustainable economies in its region. At the heart of Europe geographically, tiny Slovenia is also at the center of the European Union’s efforts to engineer the bloc’s economic recovery from COVID-19 this year. Over two- thirds of the way through its presidency of the EU Council, has it realized the main goal it had when it took on that responsibility in July?
The U.K. region pushes ahead with an ambitious, innovation-led vision to be recognized as one of the world’s elite small economies. In the run up to the U.K. leaving the European Union in January, some external commentators predicted Brexit would derail the huge economic transformation Northern Ireland has achieved in recent years. In reality, it’s acted as a catalyst for optimism and even greater ambitions.
Having consistently outperformed average growth in the European Union (EU) by 2-3 percent for almost a decade, there are signs that the Hungarian economy could be one of the first in the bloc to bounce back from COVID-19.
In the third quarter of 2020, its gross domestic product (GDP) leapt up 11.4 percent, recovering much of the loss incurred in its locked-down second quarter and leading many to predict full economic recovery by the end of this year or mid- 2022 at the latest.
Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent series of stringent lock- downs, Portugal’s resilient and fast-growing economy had been perform- ing exceptionally well. This success was illustrated by the first government surplus in more than four decades and the record amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) that had flowed into scores of major projects, especially in the lucrative real estate and tourism sectors.
With the financial and social shockwaves triggered by the pandemic continuing to reverberate across the majority of leading economies, Portugal has—like many other countries—allocated significant sums of money on initiatives to protect people’s livelihoods via job retention programs.
A global news organization operating across all major platforms: Newsweek is about deep dives on topical subjects., it’s about pitching the story forward, it’s about putting the news in context.