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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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Republika Srpska president reportedly to face charges over banned referendum

January 19, 2017

A well known Bosnian political blogger has claimed that Republika Srpska’s President Milorad Dodik and the entity’s Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic will face charges over the 2016 referendum ...

Blow for Russian stocks as Kremlin backs away from higher dividend payouts

January 19, 2017

Russian stocks are facing a serious setback after it emerged that the Kremlin may be backing out of a decree to force state-owned companies to pay dividends worth 50% of their earnings. The ...

Ukraine central bank slams PwC over PrivatBank audit

January 19, 2017

The National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) has accused PricewaterhouseCoopers, PrivatBank's auditing firm, of providing an inadequate evaluation of collateral under loans provided by the çountry's ...

Macedonia to issue Eurobond in 2017 if conditions are "extremely favorable"

January 18, 2017

Macedonia sees no need to issue a new Eurobond issue in 2017, but this may happen if the circumstances on the international money market are extremely favorable, bne IntelliNews has learned from ...

Turkish exporters' association chief dismisses benefits of fast depreciating lira

January 18, 2017

The fast depreciation that has afflicted the Turkish lira in recent weeks does not bode well for the Turkish economy and the central bank should be more proactive in combating it when necessary, ...

Turkish central bank releases $500mn of liquidity via new deposit swaps market

January 18, 2017

The Turkish central bank on January 18 provided around $500mn of liquidity with a maturity of one-week to Turkish lenders at the first auction held under the scope of the newly launched FX ...

Romanian software producer Bitdefender takes over French peer Profil Technology

January 18, 2017

Romanian security technology company Bitdefender has acquired its French peer Profil Technology as part of its expansion strategy on the corporate segment.  The terms of the deal were not ...

Moldova’s President Dodon explores pro-Russian options in Moscow

January 18, 2017

Moldovan leader Igor Dodon met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on January 17 in his first visit abroad since he won the presidential elections last December.  Beside vocally confirming ...

Russia invites Trump aides to Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan

January 18, 2017

Russia has invited incoming U.S. President Donald Trump to send aides to the planned Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, Bloomberg reported on January ...

Iran, Syria sign raft of memoranda and deals

January 18, 2017

Following the purge of foreign-backed rebels in the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo by Iranian, Lebanese and Russian forces, Damascus’s prime minister Imad Khamis was in Tehran to sign five ...

Turkish prosecutors demand lifetime jail sentences for leaders of pro-Kurdish HDP

January 17, 2017

Turkish prosecutors have demanded up to a 143-year jail sentence for Selahattin Demirtas, co-leader of the pro-Kurdish HDP, party and 83 years for the other co-leader, Figen Yuksekdag, ...

Czech CPI buys huge Central European retail portfolio

January 17, 2017

Czech real estate investor CPI Group has bought a large portfolio of Central European retail assets, local media reported on January 17. The investor, which has grown its holdings rapidly since ...

Azerbaijan's IBA doubles authorised capital to €640mn after share issuance

January 17, 2017

The International Bank of Azerbaijan, the country's largest lender, has doubled its authorised capital to AZN1.24bn (€640mn) through the issuance of shares on the domestic stock exchange, ...

Bulgarian prosecutors file indictment against defence minister

January 16, 2017

The Sofia city prosecutor’s office filed indictment with Sofia city court against outgoing Defence Minister Nikolay Nenchev over his alleged failure to ensure aviation safety and the ...

Turkish cargo plane crashes near Kyrgyz capital, killing at least 37

January 16, 2017

A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong crashed on January 16 near Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, killing at least 37. Operated by ACT Airlines, the ...

Russia's Detsky Mir children's retailer announces IPO

January 16, 2017

Russian retailer of children’s goods Detsky Mir announced plans to offer 30% of its shares in an IPO, TASS reported on January 16. The retailer’s main shareholder, AFK Sistema multi-industry ...

Chinese fund to buy Hungarian telco Invitel

January 16, 2017

Central European private equity group Mid Europa Partners has agreed to sell Hungarian broadband and telephone provider Invitel to China CEE Investment Co-operation Fund. The deal values ...

Narrower gauge of Kazakh GDP at 0.8% for 2016

January 16, 2017

Kazakhstan's short-term economic indicator, a narrower gauge of annual GDP growth, edged up 0.8% in 2016, data from the State Statistics Committee showed. ...

UNCITRAL dismisses all CEAC's claims against Montenegro in KAP case

January 15, 2017

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitration tribunal dismissed all claims of CEAC Holding, owned by Russian businessman Oleg Deripaska, against ...

Turkey offers citizenship to wealthy foreigners who buy property and invest

January 13, 2017

Turkey has made changes to its citizenship laws to lure more foreign capital and investment, local media reported on January 12. The government will grant citizenship to foreigners who buy ...

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