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European Commission gives Poland two more months to solve constitutional court crisis

Question: recent opinion polls pls for Poland?

Answers: Thank you for this question. Polls are largely unchanged, with the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) leading at an average of 34% (that's the average from December polls by six pollsters). Liberal opposition Nowoczesna (Modern) is second at an average of 18.8% - thanks to a surprise result of 24% in a poll carried out on december 22 by Millward Brown. Another liberal opposition party and the previous ruling party, Civic Platform (PO) is third at an average of 16.5%. The only other party that is above the 5% threshold above which parties win parliamentary seats in Poland is populist/nationalist Kukiz'15 at an average of 8.7%. Other parties - including two leftist groups SLD and Razem, as well as PO's former coalition partner PSL - are below 5% in recent polls, although SLD is just below the line at 4.6%.

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Belarusians demonstrate against Soviet-style "parasite law"

February 20, 2017

Crowds took to the streets of the Belarusian capital Minsk and other cities in the run-up to the February 20 due date for payment of fines, or "tax", imposed under a controversial new law that ...

New Bulgarian government reports irregularities in defence contracts

February 20, 2017

A check on public procurement under Bulgaria’s previous centre-right government has revealed dozens of violations in the defence ministry, caretaker Prime Minister Ognyan Gerdzhikov said on ...

Mongolia completes $5.5bn IMF bailout deal after 2016 slump in growth

February 20, 2017

Mongolia has reached a $5.5bn bailout agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Fund said in a statement on February 19. The deal has been ...

Serbian PM proposes Western Balkan customs union

February 20, 2017

Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic proposed creating a Western Balkan customs union during his meeting with Austria’s Federal Chancellor Christian Kern on February 17, the government ...

Iranian steel exports to Europe soar eightfold in 2013-2016

February 20, 2017

Iranian exports of steel to Europe soared by eight times in the 2013 to 2016 period to just over 1mn tonnes/yr, European trade group Eurofer said on February 16. "The threat [to European steel ...

Bulgaria’s Vivacom reportedly to buy minority stake in parent for €43mn

February 17, 2017

Bulgarian Telecommunications Company (BTC), the country’s largest telecom firm by revenue that operates under the brand name Vivacom, is reportedly planning to acquire a stake of between 10% and ...

Protesting mothers try to break into Montenegrin parliament

February 16, 2017

Montenegro’s police stopped protesting mothers from forcefully entering the parliament building on February 16. Thousands of mothers of three and more children joined the demonstration as they are ...

Moscow-based International Investment Bank expands into financing Polish imports

February 16, 2017

The Moscow-based International Investment Bank (IIB) has further expanded its operations under the Trade Finance Support Programme (TFSP) and issued the first loan supporting Polish imports to ...

Iran’s MIS, China’s Wuhan reportedly plan $3.6bn fertilizer complex

February 15, 2017

Masjid Soleyman Petrochemical Industries Co (MIS) has struck a deal with China's Wuhan Petrochemicals Co for the construction of a $3.6bn fertilizer complex in Iran, state-run Mehr news agency ...

Montenegro starts talks with Polish OT Logistics on sale of Luka Bar, Montecargo stakes

February 15, 2017

Montenegro started talks with Polish port operator OT Logistics, which filed the sole bid in a tender for the privatisation of a 30% stake in its Montenegrin peer Luka Bar. In October, Montenegro ...

Stalin's approval rating reaches 16-year high in Russia

February 15, 2017

The number of Russians who approve of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin has reached a 16-year high, according to a poll by Levada Centre. The number of respondents whose attitude towards Stalin can be ...

Czech economy loses momentum in fourth quarter

February 14, 2017

Czech GDP growth disappointed in the final quarter of 2016 as it slowed to 1.7% y/y, flash data released by the statistics office on February 14 showed. The reading was below expectations for ...

Slovak GDP growth hits 3.3% target in 2016

February 14, 2017

Slovak GDP growth dropped to its lowest of the year in the fourth quarter of 2016 as it slowed to 3.1 % y/y, Slovak Statistics reported in a flash estimate on February 14. The result leaves ...

Azerbaijani president fires powerful transport minister Ziya Mammadov

February 14, 2017

In a two-line presidential decree issued on February 13, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev announced that a new ministry - that of transport, telecommunications and high technology - ...

Romania to hold referendum on anti-corruption fight

February 13, 2017

The Romanian parliament endorsed President Klaus Iohannis' plan to hold a referendum on the continuation of the anti-corruption fight on February 13.  Iohannis said in January he will ...

Belgrade mayor under pressure as ex-wife claims he bragged about role in Savamala demolitions

February 13, 2017

The ex-wife of Belgrade mayor Sinisa Mali has claimed that her former husband took part in the controversial demolition of buildings in the Savamala district, an area designated for the €3.2bn ...

Poland's real interest rates turn negative as inflation surges in January

February 13, 2017

Poland's consumer price index grew 1.8% y/y in January, more than doubling its rate compared to December, statistics office GUS announced on February 13. With Polish interest rates sitting at ...

Russia's Onexim sells 3.32% of UC Rusal for $240mn

February 13, 2017

Russia's Onexim Group, owned by tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov, sold 3.32% of its 17.02% stake in aluminium producer UC Rusal for $240mn, Vedomosti reported on ...

Romanian government envisages €10bn sovereign wealth fund

February 13, 2017

Romania’s government discussed plans for the proposed Sovereign Fund for Development and Investment (FSDI) on February 9, the government ...

Incumbent Berdimuhamedov wins expected Turkmenistan presidential landslide

February 13, 2017

Incumbent Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has won the Turkmenistan presidential election held on February 12 with 97.69% of the vote, RIA Novosti reported on February ...

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