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MOSCOW BLOG: German elections could be good news for Putin but bad for Erdogan

MOSCOW BLOG: German elections could be good news for Putin but bad for Erdogan

The outgoing German government seemed to be softening its hard line towards Russia, and the new government is likely to be softer still.

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OPINION: Austrian policy towards CEE is likely to change in tone but not substance

OPINION: Austrian policy towards CEE is likely to change in tone but not substance

If the Freedom Party enters government after the election, convergence with populists in the Visegrad Group may increase, but the big parties will prevent any major shift.

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Investors ask which Russian bank domino will be the next to topple

Investors ask which Russian bank domino will be the next to topple

Promsvyazbank is seen as most at risk of the Garden Ring banks after buying up weaker rivals and diversifying aggressively into other industries.

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VISEGRAD: New battlefront opens up inside Slovak coalition

VISEGRAD: New battlefront opens up inside Slovak coalition

The quarrel over replacing the country's ageing MiGs threatens to hamper military co-operation on Nato's eastern flank.

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STOLYPIN: Russia balances wargames with mindgames in Zapad exercises

STOLYPIN: Russia balances wargames with mindgames in Zapad exercises

Zapad shows the progress that has been made in rebuilding Russia’s military strength – and the extent to which Putin is relying on hype and hyperbole to make up for the rest.

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Directors resign from board of Ukraine's gas monopoly over derailed reforms

Directors resign from board of Ukraine's gas monopoly over derailed reforms

The two surviving independent members of the supervisory board at Ukraine's gas monopoly Naftogaz quit on September 19, citing "the government’s lack of commitment to duly implement the corporate governance reform".

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Obuv Rossii has the right shoe for Russia’s regions

Obuv Rossii has the right shoe for Russia’s regions

Shoe retailer plans IPO this autumn to build on strong growth across its regional network.

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Romania’s media sector in turmoil

Romania’s media sector in turmoil

With several of Romania’s media moguls behind bars or on the run, a shakeout is expected in the sector — but this is unlikely to address serious concerns about media pluralism.

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Tajik bond potentially a tragic bond?

Tajik bond potentially a tragic bond?

Tajikistan’s $500mn Eurobond debut is intended to fund construction of the Rogun dam and help Central Asia’s poorest country become a regional energy exporter, yet Dushanbe has a history of being an unreliable financial partner.

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