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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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MACRO ADVISER: Investors into Russia should brace for a turbulent 2018

MACRO ADVISER: Investors into Russia should brace for a turbulent 2018

The big question is whether conditions for a sustained asset valuation rally in the second half and into 2019 can be put in place before the World Cup final whistle.

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MOSCOW BLOG: Russia is stuck in the middle income trap

MOSCOW BLOG: Russia is stuck in the middle income trap

Russia has fallen into the middle income trap and it is going to struggle to climb out again. One of the things that keep countries in this trap is that while life could be better, it’s actually not that bad.

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