Turkey has closed its ports to Iranian oil: reports

bne IntelliNews May 21, 2019

If the move is confirmed it would fly in the face of aggressive rhetoric from Ankara in which it has said the US cannot deny it the right to import energy shipments from its neighbour.

Kazakhstan’s banking sector under pressure, bracing for more M&A or defaults

Gavin Bowring in Almaty May 9, 2019

Fears of a fresh banking crisis are mounting in Kazakhstan thanks to a backdrop of rising political risk in the lead-up to snap presidential elections in June and debt. More mergers and liquidations are in store.

Arming and rearming: Military spending grows across CEE and SEE in 2018

bne IntelliNews April 29, 2019

Russia’s expenditure falls for a second year, even though Moscow fears are driving defence outlays elsewhere. Turkey committed a league-topping 24% more while Iran spent 9.5% less on its armed forces as US tightened economic noose.

COLCHIS: Media Sustainability in Eurasia: What does the Data Say?

Ashwed Patil of Keshif April 25, 2019

Southeast Europe enjoys a largely free and vibrant press, but an index developed by consultant Keshif shows that the press is coming under pressure and diversity and quality are slipping.

Kazakh ruling party and Nazarbayev back Tokayev as election candidate

Nizom Khodjayev in Nur-Sultan April 23, 2019

Ballot box victory for interim president a foregone conclusion as authoritarian Kazakhstan has no real opposition parties.

Eurasia’s burgeoning populations to overtake a vanishing population in Eastern Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow April 23, 2019

Central and Eastern Europe faces a demographic catastrophe in the coming decades that will see Central Asia pull ahead of the eastern EU member states in population terms by the end of the century.