Iran intelligence ministry sacks 35 government officials for having dual nationality

bne IntelliNews October 25, 2016

The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence announced that 35 Iranians who hold a second passport and have senior government positions have been fired from their positions due to perceived national security risks.

Kyrgyzstan’s ruling coalition collapses after president’s party quits

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2016

The Social Democratic Party has decided to withdraw from the four-party ruling coalition over disagreements with partners over constitutional reform plans that some claim represent an attempt by President Atambayev to consolidate his power.

Trepca undermines Serb-Kosovan reconciliation

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest October 24, 2016

Belgrade has to balance its EU accession dream with voters' anger at Pristina's seizure of the mining and metals complex.

Czech National Bank shutters Russian exports lender ERB

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2016

Russian-owned lender is also alleged to have been involved in helping Moscow fund populist political parties in the EU.

IMF calls for reforms as Eurasia heads for weakest growth in nearly two decades

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2016

The Caucasus and Central Asia is embarking on one of its slowest economic recoveries since independence, as the region continues to battle the effects of low commodity prices and slowdown in key economic partners, the IMF says.

Lithuanian farmers party sweeps to victory in second round vote

bne IntelliNews October 24, 2016

While not a parallel for the far right populists surging in Europe, the party's swift rise does echo the wider dissatisfaction with politics.

Montenegro’s ruling DPS suspected of staging “coup attempt” ahead of election

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 23, 2016

Operation to arrest 20 Serb paramilitaries on eve of general election reportedly managed by PM Milo Djukanovic's supporters.

Donbas security vs elections dispute weighs down new Ukraine peace hopes

Sergei Kuznetsov in Minsk October 21, 2016

The four-country summit just held in Berlin brought a mixed bag of results, with real concessions made amid reiterated stock demands that paralysed almost two years of efforts to end the conflict in East Ukraine.

Kazakhstan mulls Salafi Islam ban

Kanat Shaku in Almaty October 21, 2016

Ban could lead to Salafism going underground and adherents becoming radicalised.

Turkish lira rides the roller-coaster

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2016

The risks that have kept the lira under pressure have not yet disappeared and will not any time soon.

Moldova's $180mn agreement with IMF in limbo ahead of presidential elections

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 21, 2016

Fund denies speculation that deal approval has been delayed due to upcoming election.

EU leaders hesitate on new sanctions against Russia for Aleppo assault

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2016

EU leaders said they will consider all options against the Syrian government and Russia for atrocities committed in Aleppo, but met resistance from Italy in the issue of imposing new economic sanctions.

Czech parliament approves bill to introduce 55% of GDP debt brake

bne IntelliNews October 20, 2016

The lower house of the Czech parliaments approved a bill to introduce a debt brake mechanism as it seeks to stem future excess borrowing.

Turkish jets bomb US-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria

bne IntelliNews October 20, 2016

Turkish jets carried out 26 airstrikes on 18 Syrian Kurdish militia YPG targets in northern Syria, killing up to 200 fighters.

Next Montenegrin government still anyone’s game

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia October 20, 2016

Handful of small parties to play kingmaker as they choose between Djukanovic's DPS and group of opposition parties.

Coalition emerges to support Romanian government of technocrats for another term

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 20, 2016

Two centre-right parties hope to keep popular technocratic PM Ciolos in power after December general election.

Croatia’s PM-designate Plenkovic names cabinet

Akin Nazli in Belgrade October 19, 2016

Parliament to vote on cabinet that keeps market friendly Finance Minister Maric but removes controversial Culture Minister Hasanbegovic.

Serbia’s Tanjug "operating independently" despite order to close, minister says

Ivana Jovanovic in Belgrade October 19, 2016

State news agency defied official order to shut down after failed privatisation in 2015.

Romanian lawmakers endorse Swiss franc loans conversion bill

bne IntelliNews October 18, 2016

The law will cost banks around €560mn, or 0.6% of banking system’s assets, the central bank claims.

Moldovan prosecutors relaunch probe into pro-EU presidential candidate

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest October 18, 2016

2013 case on security cameras for schools opened two days after pro-EU opposition unites behind former Education Minister Maia Sandu.

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