These media sources have a slight to moderate liberal bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Left-Center sources.
- Overall, we rate Emerging Europe Left-Center biased based on editorial and political positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to a lack of transparency with ownership and limited sourcing of information
Factual Reporting: MOSTLY FACTUAL
Country: United Kingdom
World Press Freedom Rank: UK 35/180
Founded in 2013, Emerging Europe is an online news website based in London, which focuses on economics, business, and politics. They also publish a quarterly magazine that focuses mostly on business issues related to Central and Eastern European countries. Emerging Europe’s about page does not mention when and who founded it and who funds it. Emerging Europe’s readership is geared toward business owners and investors. The editor-in-chief is Craig Turp-Balazs, however, this is not prominently displayed. Further, this website completely lacks transparency as they do not disclose ownership or funding.
Funded by / Ownership
Emerging Europe does not openly disclose ownership and funding. Andrew Wrobel is the “founding partner” of Emerging Europe and they list these companies as their partners. Revenue appears to be derived from advertising, however, there may be other sources of funding that are not disclosed.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Emerging Europe uses emotionally loaded language covering politics such as “A new round of US sanctions against Russia could backfire.” A quote from the article reads “Combined with other external factors such as the change in global oil prices, the Russian economy saw a 2.8 percent drop in GDP in 2015.” However, they don’t provide links to verify the claim. In another article covering Hungarian right-wing, populist Prime Minister Victor Orban, Emerging Europe appears to be neutral “Viktor Orbán meets the press.” They also publish opinion pieces such as “Poland’s Law and Justice party should be banned”, which is critical of Poland’s Law and Justice party (PIS) ( Poland’s right-wing populist national conservative party).
Emerging Europe covers immigrant-related news with a neutral tone such as “Tension rises in emerging Europe as region prepares for new wave of migrants”. There is no hyperlinking in this article either. Emerging Europe covers global warming with a neutral tone such as “Budapest’s mayor declares climate emergency.” Further, they also advocate for left-leaning positions regarding climate change such as this: It’s time for the EU to fully embrace the benefits of decarbonisation.
Emerging Europe utilizes credible sources such as Freedom House and the Institute of International Finance. When covering the U.S they use strongly emotionally loaded language such as “Six ways the US can repair its relationship with Ukraine.” For example, a quote from the article reads “Despite Mr. Trump’s damaging actions, 2020 could (and should) be the year of a reinforced strategic relationship between the two countries.” Further, they frequently report negatively on USA President Donald Trump such as this: Donald Trump in bizarre attack on ‘aggressive’ Montenegro.
A factual search reveals they have not been fact-checked by an IFCN fact-checker.
Overall, we rate Emerging Europe Left-Center biased based on editorial and political positions that slightly favor the left. We also rate them Mostly Factual in reporting, rather than High due to a lack of transparency with ownership and limited sourcing of information. (M. Huitsing 3/8/2020)