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Central & Eastern Europe GDP (Q1 2022)

Q1 GDP figures for Central and Eastern Europe smashed expectations in Poland, Romania and Hungary and suggest that their economies were running hot at the start of the year. The war in Ukraine will dampen activity in Q2, but demand is likely to remain strong which will keep wage and inflation pressures elevated and require central banks to raise interest rates further than most expect this year. EM Drop-In (17th May): Do current EM debt strains point to a repeat of the kinds of crises seen in the 1980s and 1990s? Join our special briefing on EM sovereign debt risk on Tuesday. Register now.
Liam Peach Emerging Markets Economist
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