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COMMENT: Central European stock markets still look good, while Russia's is improving

COMMENT: Central European stock markets still look good, while Russia's is improving

2017, so far, has been the best year for Central European equities since 2012, while the Russian index has been the worst performing major stock market.

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Impact of Donbas blockage to be limited and temporary, says German Advisory Group

Impact of Donbas blockage to be limited and temporary, says German Advisory Group

Ukraine’s economy has been hit by the economic blockade of the war-torn Donbas region in the east since March, though the German Advisory Group notes that while the blockage is painful, it has done less damage than was feared.

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ISTANBUL BLOG: Can Turkey shake its addiction to soft credits?

ISTANBUL BLOG: Can Turkey shake its addiction to soft credits?

More than 80% of Turkey’s $71bn credit guarantee fund has been used up in just nine months, leaving analysts wondering whether the strong growth in stock market valuations and the wider economy can be maintained.

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MOSCOW BLOG: Propensity to protest spikes as Russians worry over wages and family

MOSCOW BLOG: Propensity to protest spikes as Russians worry over wages and family

To Russians, wages, the economy and social policy are Russia's main challenges today, says state-owned pollster, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM), and the grinding recession has led to a dramatic jump in the propensity to protest.

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Former model’s Biofood bars are the new face of Russia’s health food industry

Former model’s Biofood bars are the new face of Russia’s health food industry

Model, MIT alumnus and now entrepreneur running a health food company, Elena Shifrina was named entrepreneur of the year by Forbes after she abandoned fashion to launch a flourishing health bar line.

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Wild capitalism threatens the untamed rivers of Southeast Europe

Wild capitalism threatens the untamed rivers of Southeast Europe

Southeast Europe is seeing an explosion in hydropower investment, but inadequate regulation and oversight of the sector are raising concerns about the environmental impact and whether these investments are sustainable.

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Dismantling Karimov’s legacy in Uzbekistan

Dismantling Karimov’s legacy in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s new President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has announced plans to scrap foreign exchange restrictions that have stifled trade and investment since the 1990s.

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Donald spoils the big Iranian investment party. Sad!

Donald spoils the big Iranian investment party. Sad!

America’s president has one hand on the throat of the nuclear deal with Iran, even though the EU, Russia and China see no valid reason to throttle it.

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Russia retaliates to new US sanctions ousting 755 diplomats

Russia retaliates to new US sanctions ousting 755 diplomats

“It’s impossible to tolerate endless insolence,” says Putin as tensions with Washington rise.

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