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MAPLECROFT: Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov manoeuvres into position with oil tax reform

MAPLECROFT: Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov manoeuvres into position with oil tax reform

In an early policy win for Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, Russia is preparing a major change in how it taxes oil. The second phase of the so-called “tax manoeuvre” will shift the tax burden entirely upstream and cut export duties to zero.

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Ukraine's German factories left ticking over on the EU border

Ukraine's German factories left ticking over on the EU border

Twenty kilometres from the Carpathian city of Uzghorod and barely 2km away from the Slovakian and Hungarian borders the German car plant Eurocar is ticking over waiting for the good times to return.

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STOLYPIN: Putin builds a Presidential Administration fit for stagnation

STOLYPIN: Putin builds a Presidential Administration fit for stagnation

What better time than the eve of the World Cup for Vladimir Putin to reshuffle his team? However, if his tweaks of the Presidential Administration are anything to go by, he no change in direction is needed. He'd better think again.

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COLCHIS: Georgia’s sputtering reform fires

COLCHIS: Georgia’s sputtering reform fires

It has become something of a truism that among the Euro-Atlantic aspirants, Georgia is the “leader of the pack” in terms of political and civil reforms, but reform fires have faded somewhat and the coals need stoking.

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FILM REVIEW: Personal and political merge in

FILM REVIEW: Personal and political merge in "The Other Side of Everything"

The extraordinary and engaging character of Professor Srbijanka Turajlic is at the epicentre of Serbia’s turbulent recent history in this subtle documentary.

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 Erdogan raises a white flag in the lira crisis

Erdogan raises a white flag in the lira crisis

As the markets garrotted the lira, Turkey’s president gave up on any idea he had of continuing to stand defiant against an interest rate hike. But if he is re-elected in late June, will the markets trust him to keep a rational hand on the helm?

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Ukraine NGOs slam new anti-corruption court loophole amid uncertainty over IMF tranche

Ukraine NGOs slam new anti-corruption court loophole amid uncertainty over IMF tranche

Ukrainian NGOs slammed an apparent loophole inserted into the new anti-corruption court (ACC) legislation at the last minute that could defang the western-backed initiative by allowing all appeals to the courts rulings to be heard in regular courts

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Czech central bank tightens mortgages rules to pop the nascent housing bubble

Czech central bank tightens mortgages rules to pop the nascent housing bubble

The Czech National Bank (CNB) took aggressive actions to burst a potential real estate bubble before it gets too big on June 12 by increasing the banks capital buffer rate to 1.5% effective from July 1, 2019 and tightening mortgage lending policies

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