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VISEGRAD: Babis threatens Czech election losers with nightmare scenario

VISEGRAD: Babis threatens Czech election losers with nightmare scenario

Populist billionaire uses Communists and neo-fascists to elect parliamentary speaker, intensifying pressure on political opponents to join his government.

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Geothermal starts to glow in Southeast Europe

Geothermal starts to glow in Southeast Europe

Turkey is an emerging geothermal superstar and countries across Eastern Europe are increasingly harnessing underground energy to provide cheap and eco-friendly local heating and energy.

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ALACO DISPATCHES:  Why Russia’s elections may derail Putin’s biggest critic

ALACO DISPATCHES: Why Russia’s elections may derail Putin’s biggest critic

There is a strong possibility that Xenia Sobchak will draw away some of Alexei Navalny’s supporters: those losing faith in him and others preferring a less confrontational approach towards the Kremlin.

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MAPLECROFT RISK BRIEFING: Has Ukraine finally turned the corner?

MAPLECROFT RISK BRIEFING: Has Ukraine finally turned the corner?

Ukraine has seen a sustained improvement in macroeconomic fundamentals, but the volatile geopolitical and domestic political backdrop means investors will need strong stomachs.

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MACRO ADVISER: Six reasons why Russia does not want a higher oil price

MACRO ADVISER: Six reasons why Russia does not want a higher oil price

If oil stays in the $60-65 range, or higher, then Russian support for an Opec deal extension is very unlikely.

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STOLYPIN: The importance of Russia’s unimportant prime minister

STOLYPIN: The importance of Russia’s unimportant prime minister

Vladimir Putin’s choice will be a potential indicator of the direction he plans to take in his fourth presidential term.

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Could Uzbekistan be Iran’s bastion of influence in Central Asia?

Could Uzbekistan be Iran’s bastion of influence in Central Asia?

Post-nuclear sanctions Iran and post-Karimov Uzbekistan may have a strong mutual interest in building a substantial trade relationship. For Tehran, the move might open the way to repairing relations with Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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Revived steel industry washes away Zenica’s blues

Revived steel industry washes away Zenica’s blues

ArcelorMittal Zenica CEO Biju Nair talks to bne IntelliNews about bringing one of Southeast Europe’s largest steel mills back to life in post-war Bosnia.

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Higher exports and investment push first-half growth in all EBRD countries bar two

Higher exports and investment push first-half growth in all EBRD countries bar two

EBRD markedly hikes its forecasts for economic growth in Emerging Europe after assessing the arrival of expansion that is so strong that it is already running up against structural constraints.

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