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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Russia and Iran scratch backs for the long game

Russia and Iran scratch backs for the long game

Russia is eager to get a piece of the action in Iran after the lifting of sanctions. Some say it lost that market long ago, but Iran needs Russia too – just in case.

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Putin's Viagra problem and Russia's Plan K

Putin's Viagra problem and Russia's Plan K

Putin is a brilliant tactician, but has no long-term strategy. Fully focused on military campaigns in Ukraine and Syria while the economy tanked, Kremlin attention is switching to September's parliamentary election – and it is already in trouble.

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COMMENT: Fragile balance in Ukraine politics shaken by economy minister's resignation

COMMENT: Fragile balance in Ukraine politics shaken by economy minister's resignation

The resignation of Economy Minister Aivaras Abromavicius has shaken the fragile balance in Ukrainian politics and could herald a collapse in the government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

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Will 2016 see Hungary's great escape from junk?

Will 2016 see Hungary's great escape from junk?

The 2016 model Hungary looks little different on surface to the 2011-12 version, when the country lost its investment grade rating. However, analysts are confident this will be the year the country finally escapes “junk”.

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Istanbul’s construction frenzy: not everyone’s cup of çay

Istanbul’s construction frenzy: not everyone’s cup of çay

Istanbul's unprecedented construction boom in recent years has been a source of discontent for locals, which reached its nadir in 2013 during the worst protests in the country’s recent history.

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Russia’s VimpelCom set to announce $1bn settlement with US Justice Dept

Russia’s VimpelCom set to announce $1bn settlement with US Justice Dept

Russian mobile operator VimpelCom is set to announce a settlement with the US Department of Justice and Swiss and Dutch authorities that will be “just shy of a billion dollars”.

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