Turkey’s tourism industry – a victim of circumstance and failed policy

Turkey’s tourism industry – a victim of circumstance and failed policy

Russian sanctions and a series of terror attacks have dealt a serious blow to Turkey’s tourism sector, but many also blame the government’s reckless policies and criticize it for not doing enough to ameliorate the effects of its mismanagement.

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Turkey, others exploit Russia’s weakness to undermine its regional ambitions

Turkey, others exploit Russia’s weakness to undermine its regional ambitions

The warm welcome for the Turkish PM by Nazarbayev, one of the Kremlin’s staunchest allies, is a sign Russia’s attempts to regain control over its “near abroad” via regional groupings are floundering and Putin’s Eurasian dream is fading.

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COMMENT: Ukraine and economic reform – talk is cheap

COMMENT: Ukraine and economic reform – talk is cheap

If you look at the comparative indices so far, Ukraine’s experience with “reform” has been full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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VISEGRAD BLOG: Poland presses on with taming of banking

VISEGRAD BLOG: Poland presses on with taming of banking "wolves"

Are the Polish government's actions set to smother bank lending? That's the threat, according to the country's banks and opponents of the ruling Law & Justice.

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MOSCOW BLOG: Mortgages vs. pensions and blasts from the past

MOSCOW BLOG: Mortgages vs. pensions and blasts from the past

Russian mortgage holders are protesting outside the central bank in a mirror image of pensioners clamouring in the same spot 15 years ago.

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Europe loses patience with Erdogan

Europe loses patience with Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s strategy in Syria is collapsing, as the Assad regime regains the initiative and the EU becomes ever more frustrated with Ankara’s inability to stem the refugee tide.

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COMMENT: Why aren’t more of Russia’s banks failing?

COMMENT: Why aren’t more of Russia’s banks failing?

Is it mass-delusion caused by deceitful government propaganda, as @nytimes’ Masha Gessen argues, or is there something else going on in Russia’s banking system?

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COMMENT: Croatia – new era, new challenges

COMMENT: Croatia – new era, new challenges

Croatia is looking at a political fresh start, but its recovery is not complete. Nicolas Adamovich, head of Commerzbank Zagreb and of the German chamber, explains how, with the help of banks, attracting FDI and building trade are key to its future.

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Kyrgyzstan's rocky marriage with Centerra Gold

Kyrgyzstan's rocky marriage with Centerra Gold

The Kyrgyz government is still struggling to define its goals for the Kumtor mine to owner Centerra Gold.

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