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MOSCOW BLOG: Russia’s finance ministry raising trillions of rubles to pay for Putin’s May decree plan

MOSCOW BLOG: Russia’s finance ministry raising trillions of rubles to pay for Putin’s May decree plan

Russia’s finance ministry has been raising fresh revenues to fund President Vladimir Putin’s RUB8 trillion spending extravaganza and the numbers add up, but will the money be wasted or stolen?

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BALKAN BLOG: Romanian anti-corruption beacon extinguished

BALKAN BLOG: Romanian anti-corruption beacon extinguished

Romania's chief anti-corruption prosecutor had long been considered an icon of the struggle against official corruption not only for Romanians but for other countries in the region that had hoped to follow the example set in Bucharest.

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Erdogan sworn in as executive president, new cabinet announced

Erdogan sworn in as executive president, new cabinet announced

Recep Tayyip Erdogan on July 9 took the oath of office at parliament as Turkey’s first executive president with vast powers. Erdogan also named his cabinet, opening a new page in the modern history of Turkey.

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A new broom in Tbilisi, but the same old problems with Russia

A new broom in Tbilisi, but the same old problems with Russia

Georgia has a new government headed by Mamuka Bakhtadze. How could this impact Georgian-Russian relations in the light of the recent agreement on economic corridors through Georgia’s breakaway territories and the rising level of trade?

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Kyiv has about a week to do a deal with the IMF or risk no donor money until the end of 2019

Kyiv has about a week to do a deal with the IMF or risk no donor money until the end of 2019

Ukraine has about a week left to placate its main international donor the IMF and persuade it to release another badly needed tranche of money or risk not being able to get anything from any of its donors until the end of 2019, say analysts

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The irrepressible Yulia Tymoshenko's unending quest for power

The irrepressible Yulia Tymoshenko's unending quest for power

"I will run for the presidency of Ukraine," the nation's two-time former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko said on June 20. "The presidential post for me is not a game, these are real changes that the country is waiting for."

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Wheels up: Paul Manafort's flight records show how he supervised EU top brass in the run-up to Ukraine revolution

Wheels up: Paul Manafort's flight records show how he supervised EU top brass in the run-up to Ukraine revolution

Infamous US lobbyist Paul Manafort organised EU luminaries to plead with Brussels on behalf of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych to sign an Association Agreement with Ukraine without the freeing of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko

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COMMENT: Bolton meets Putin in Moscow “All hail to Caesar”

COMMENT: Bolton meets Putin in Moscow “All hail to Caesar”

​The body language in photos released from the meeting between the Russian president and Trump's emissary John Bolton could not hide the sheer joy and indeed euphoria from Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

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Romania faces critical skills shortage

Romania faces critical skills shortage

Employers across CEE are struggling to find workers with the skills they need, but the problem is worst in popular nearshoring locations Romania and Bulgaria, a ManpowerGroup study finds.

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