Welcome to blogland to the Economist's East European correspondant Edward Lucas. Edward has put forward the idea that the EU accession east european 8, if not exactly tigers are, well, certainly lynxes. They are moving forward, that is, at a very fast catch up rate (some faster than others) and are coming chugging up along the value chain.
Claus has been covering this story here (and earlier here and here).
A summary of the study from the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies which is getting all the attention is available here.
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