Opinion

STOLYPIN: We all need to worry about Russia’s incredible shrinking foreign ministry

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague February 20, 2017

Having once been a figure to rival such Soviet giants as Molotov and Gromyko, Sergey Lavrov is now reduced to a shadow of his old self.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Investors unnerved by Turkish turmoil

Yigal Chazan of Alaco February 15, 2017

Many investors appear to have taken fright at Turkey’s instability and the course that Erdogan has set.

STOLYPIN: Belarus tests limits of Russian confidence

Mark Galeotti of the Institute of International Relations Prague February 15, 2017

If Lukashenko gets away with his shakedown of Russia, it will be a useful indicator to just how confident the Russians really are behind their facade of cynical bombast.

COMMENT: What’s to stop ‘King Erdogan’?

Will Conroy in Prague February 10, 2017

The president argues the executive presidency is essential to fight against the manifold economic and security threats bedevilling the nation.

COLCHIS: The contagion of ‘unpolarity’

Michael Cecire of New America February 2, 2017

The murder of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey exposes the withered, snapping moorings of the old US-led unipolar order and an early preview of how an unpolar world might appear.

ALACO DISPATCHES: Russia makes big play for Iranian trade

Yigal Chazan of Alaco February 1, 2017

Moscow seizes the opportunity to strengthen economic ties with Tehran as Western investors sit on the sidelines.

COMMENT: A Czech central banker’s nightmare scenario: Switzerland 2015

Peter Bukov of TopForex January 26, 2017

There are several reasons why the Swiss scenario will not play out in the Czech market when the central bank lifts the crown cap.

COMMENT: Old ghosts haunt the Balkans

Nicholas Kaufmann in Brussels January 25, 2017

Men like Dodik, Djukanovic and Gruevski have built incredibly successful political careers with tactics that leave their constituencies divided and mutually resentful, perpetuating cycles of recrimination.

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