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BALKAN BLOG: General election is do or die for Albania’s EU future

BALKAN BLOG: General election is do or die for Albania’s EU future

Albania needs a free and fair election, and for the losing side to concede defeat peacefully, to finally progress to the negotiation stage.

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Moldova, Bulgaria, Poland, Albania and Latvia to lose more than 40% of their populations by 2100

Moldova, Bulgaria, Poland, Albania and Latvia to lose more than 40% of their populations by 2100

UN projections show populations will fall in every East European country this century, with Moldova’s set to contract by more than 51%.

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ISTANBUL BLOG: Will Kilicdaroglu’s long march unite Turkey’s opposition?

ISTANBUL BLOG: Will Kilicdaroglu’s long march unite Turkey’s opposition?

President Erdogan's referendum flop has given the CHP leader an opportunity, but he will struggle to create a united front including nationalists, Kurds, and socialists.

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Romanian pessimism holds back local capital market

Romanian pessimism holds back local capital market

Investor interest in the Romanian growth story is self-explanatory, says Bucharest Stock Exchange president Lucian Anghel. The question is: why don't Romanians like it more?

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MACRO ADVISER: Russia's Asian pivot starts to pay off

MACRO ADVISER: Russia's Asian pivot starts to pay off

Chinese investment links to Russia are rising and broadening, and Moscow is now able to win better terms than before.

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KRUK REPORT: New language laws are not the next Ukrainian powder keg

KRUK REPORT: New language laws are not the next Ukrainian powder keg

Western commentators rush in too fast with Kremlin's take on the language issue, says columnist Kateryna Kruk.

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BEAR MARKET BRIEF: Can IT revive Russia’s economy?

BEAR MARKET BRIEF: Can IT revive Russia’s economy?

Russian government plans remain vague and still obsessed with security, while the sector lacks seed finance.

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Spotlight trained on Russia for 2018 World Cup dress rehearsal

Spotlight trained on Russia for 2018 World Cup dress rehearsal

Thugs, bombs, slave labour claims, high ticket prices and wary sponsors are some of the clouds looming over Russia's big sporting year.

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VISEGRAD: The strange death of Social Democratic Czechia

VISEGRAD: The strange death of Social Democratic Czechia

With the rapid decline of its last strong traditional party, it looks as if the country will join its neighbours in embracing populism and picking fights with Brussels.

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