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MAPLECROFT RISK BRIEFING: Economic dysfunction strengthens Moscow’s hold over Minsk

MAPLECROFT RISK BRIEFING: Economic dysfunction strengthens Moscow’s hold over Minsk

In the near term there is a risk of Belarusian oil infrastructure being disrupted due to political disputes with Russia.

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KRUK REPORT: 2018 will be tough for Ukraine

KRUK REPORT: 2018 will be tough for Ukraine

There are several trends in international and Ukrainian politics that lead to a not very optimistic conclusion: 2018 will be a challenging year.

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BALKAN BLOG: Romania heads for another year of political turbulence

BALKAN BLOG: Romania heads for another year of political turbulence

Viorica Dancila’s appointment as PM sets Romania up for a hot spring of anti-corruption protests and more political infighting.

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STOLYPIN: Is Putin’s trolling “making Russia great again”?

STOLYPIN: Is Putin’s trolling “making Russia great again”?

While there are numerous concerns and frustrations, the Kremlin appears to be going into 2018 relatively happy with its geopolitical situation.

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VISEGRAD: Zeman counts on

VISEGRAD: Zeman counts on "Czech pub" voters to win second presidential term

Victory for challenger Jiri Drahos could transform country's battered international image.

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BALKAN BLOG: Persistent corruption to block dreams of core EU role

BALKAN BLOG: Persistent corruption to block dreams of core EU role

Failure to live up to EU expectations on tackling corruption could shatter the dreams of Bucharest and Sofia to become closer to the core of the bloc.

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COMMENT: Zeman quietly rounds up his base in campaign for second term

COMMENT: Zeman quietly rounds up his base in campaign for second term

The Czech president will be hoping that his non-campaign has been well pitched enough to rally his core support among poorer, older, less well-educated Czechs.

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COMMENT: Bulgaria’s anti-corruption legislation becomes a political football

COMMENT: Bulgaria’s anti-corruption legislation becomes a political football

Bulgaria is doubling down on organised crime and corruption, but the problem could embarrass the government during its EU Presidency.

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Russia Outlook 2018

Russia Outlook 2018

Russia needs a new economic model and 2018 is the year that one will be chosen – or not. First the country needs to get through a presidential election in March but then the Kremlin needs to make deep reforms.

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