The fast fashion business model revolutionised mass market retail in the 2000s but as Western markets become saturated the heady rise in profits is slowing, causing retailers to look to Eastern Europe and other emerging markets.
The Turkish currency crisis is not expected to cause contagion in other emerging markets but it has hurt the currencies of its regional neighbours where it plays a more important role via trade, banking and investment links.
To all-round surprise, the Islamic fundamentalists six months ago offered to protect Afghanistan's section of the planned TAPI gas pipeline. Observers now wonder if they might eventually shake their addiction to an opium-hooked economy.
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.
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.