Bill paving way for Turkish 'strongman' presidency passes first vote in parliament

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2017

Referendum on change to the constitution looks likely in April.

Technological lag threatens Russia's security, warns Kremlin adviser Kudrin

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2017

Russia’s technological lag seen as most serious challenge the country will face in the next 10 to 15 years.

Serbian president warns of possible Kosovo clashes as train row escalates

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2017

Belgrade planned to send train painted with “Kosovo is Serbian” in over 20 languages into Kosovo, sparking anger in Pristina.

After the smooth talking come the bumps in US-Russian road

Nick Allen in Warsaw January 13, 2017

After much cautious mutual deference shown by Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the incoming US administration is already signalling a tougher stance on some key issues. Russia is holding its fire - for now.

Deputy head of Romanian intelligence services suspended as political scandal unfolds

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 13, 2017

Internal investigation launched into fugitive businessman Sebastian Ghita's claims of foreign influence over DNA.

Energy Community questions legality of Serbia-Russia gas deal

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2017

EU body warns that 2012 agreement with Gazprom Export could breach European law.

Georgia's leading opposition party splits ahead of congress

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2017

The split reflects divisions over the role of former president Mikheil Saakashvili, the party's founder.

Polish parliamentary crisis on hold as opposition suspends protest

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2017

Opposition insists it will continue to fight the government's determination to ram the budget through.

Former Kosovo PM Haradinaj released on bail in France

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia January 12, 2017

Haradinaj’s detention on a Serbian arrest warrant has inflamed tensions in the Western Balkans.

Moscow sees threat from new US military deployment in Central Europe

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2017

US begins biggest deployment in Europe since the end of the Cold War to reassure Nato states bordering Russia.

Slim chance for Transnistria conflict settlement

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest January 12, 2017

Moldova's pursuit of EU accession has widened divisions with its breakaway region.

Currency weakness means trouble for Turkey’s indebted private sector

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2017

As companies rush to cut their unhedged FX liabilities, economic growth could be further depressed.

Tanking Turkish lira stirs fears of economic crisis

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2017

The lira has plunged 12% against the greenback so far this year and has depreciated by nearly 30% in the past three months.

Czech lawmakers push conflict of interests bill through for a third time

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2017

The bill is aimed squarely at billionaire finance minister and leader of the Ano party Andrej Babis.

Waters muddy fast around Rosneft’s business and privatisation deal

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2017

Suspicions grow of a multi-billion-dollar thimble trick in December's privatisation of 19.5% of Russia's state-controlled oil giant.

Moscow Exchange reports equity trading volumes up 90% y/y in December

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2017

Russia’s equity market turnover jumped 55% m/m and 90% y/y to RUB983bn in December.

Goldman, Citigroup locked out as Russian investment banking fees surge to post-sanctions high

Jason Corcoran in London January 11, 2017

Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse are among Western investment banks in Moscow losing out as fees from deal-making jumped to their highest level in three years.

Nagorno-Karabakh in 2017: the Caucasus' ticking time bomb

Carmen Valache in Lund January 11, 2017

Parliamentary elections in Armenia and Azerbaijan's ongoing economic crisis could lead to an upsurge in fighting in 2017.

Hungary eyes green light for Russian-backed nuclear project

Blanka Zoldi in Brussels January 10, 2017

EU approval for Paks 2 would confirm that nuclear investments are exempt from competition and public procurement rules.

US adds Putin aide and alleged Litvinenko killers to Russia sanctions list

Vladimir Kozlov in Moscow January 10, 2017

Fresh attention to the Litvinenko case can complicate US president-elect Donald Trump’s efforts to reset relations with Moscow.

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