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Second time lucky for Kazakhstan’s dream of becoming a regional financial hub?

Second time lucky for Kazakhstan’s dream of becoming a regional financial hub?

The Astana International Finance Centre (AIFC) boasts a new bourse owned by Nasdaq and the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and the promise of special economic perks has stirred interest among international investors.

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KRUK REPORT: Poroshenko’s meetings with EU and Nato leaders deserved more attention

KRUK REPORT: Poroshenko’s meetings with EU and Nato leaders deserved more attention

Although without major breakthrough, the Ukrainian president's meetings were important milestones in Ukraine-EU and Ukraine-Nato relations.

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MACRO ADVISER: Sentiment reversals on Russia are far from over

MACRO ADVISER: Sentiment reversals on Russia are far from over

The Putin-Trump summit does not represent a return to business as usual in the pre-2014 sense, but it does suggest the creation of a new form of engagement based on pragmatism.

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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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