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Putin’s ever tightening grip on Europe

Putin’s ever tightening grip on Europe

| April 17, 2019

It is another five years before Vladimir Putin is due to stand down from his now seemingly permanent place as Russian head of state (although who would bet against him finding a way to cling to power). Western Europe, however, should not be popping champagne in celebration just yet – write Louis Auge. For these […]

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Further controversy on the horizon for EU #freeports?

Further controversy on the horizon for EU #freeports?

| April 15, 2019

Le Freeport Luxembourg, a hulking warehouse adjacent to Findel Airport which thanks to a special status allows goods from fine wine to Old Masters to remain untaxed almost indefinitely in its vaults, has been under heavy scrutiny recently. After a group of MEPs expressed their concerns that the facility could be used “as a hotbed […]

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Georgia’s Silknet raises $200m in fresh bond issue

Georgia’s Silknet raises $200m in fresh bond issue

| March 27, 2019

Georgian telecoms company Silknet has raised $200m from its latest bond issue. The company, owned by Silk Road Group, one of the Caucasus’s leading private investment groups, is the largest fixed network provider and second largest broadband, mobile and cable television provider in the country. SRG Chairman George Ramishvili commented: “Today’s placement reflects the strength […]

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#Kazakhstan – Ruling family is prepared for succession

#Kazakhstan – Ruling family is prepared for succession

| March 22, 2019

Nursultan Nazarbayev’s time as President has come to an end, but his family will continue to hold the keys to power in Kazakhstan. At 78 years of age, Nazarbayev has finally stepped down. The timing of his resignation may have come as a surprise, but his departure was not unexpected. Many predicted that he would not […]

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Babiš: #Czech Prime Minister’s Washington visit draws unwanted attention to scandals

Babiš: #Czech Prime Minister’s Washington visit draws unwanted attention to scandals

| March 20, 2019

On 6 March Andrej Babiš, the billionaire prime minister of the Czech Republic, met President Donald Trump in the Oval Office. However, far from being the PR boost that the under-fire Czech leader needed, media attention instead focused on the plethora of scandals in Babiš’s wake and his concerning proximity to Russia.   Rich billionaires […]

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#Russia – With sanctions failing to bite, West should target oligarchs says Navalny

#Russia – With sanctions failing to bite, West should target oligarchs says Navalny

| March 6, 2019

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has heavily criticised the lack of action against Russian oligarchs by the US and UK, telling the Financial Times that the two countries have no real interest in tackling “dirty money”. Navalny launched a stinging attack aimed at the US sanctions regime against the Kremlin, which aims to curb Moscow’s […]

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Elections in #Moldova: The SHOR phenomenon

Elections in #Moldova: The SHOR phenomenon

| February 21, 2019

The parliamentary elections in Moldova are scheduled for February 24. The clash unfolds between the ruling democratic party, pro-Moscow socialists, who are supported by the current president, Igor Dodon, and the right opposition pro-Western alliance “ACUM”. However, the “SHOR” Party, led by a young businessman, Ilan Shor, the mayor of Orhei city, a locality situated […]

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