Europe & Russia

  • Snapshot: May Day risks

    April 30, 2018

    May Day on 1 May is marked by workers’ rallies and marches around the globe, bringing risks that range from traffic disruption through to violence involving protesters and the authorities.

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  • Blockade by Turkey’s navy poses risks for businesses in the eastern Mediterranean

    April 26, 2018

    The ongoing dispute over natural gas reserves off the coast of Cyprus poses considerable risks for energy companies with interests in the region. The blockade of a drill ship by the Turkish navy in February has increased the likelihood of an escalation between Cyprus and Turkey.

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  • Snapshot: Easter risks

    March 29, 2018

    Easter, the most important Christian festival, brings significant security and travel risks, spanning everything from potential terrorist attacks on places of worship to striking airline cabin crew disrupting holiday plans. Here are some.

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  • Case study: Europe’s central bank too frail to stop Russian money-laundering

    March 8, 2018

    For the past decade the European Central Bank has been the apex bank supervisor within the Eurozone, the E.U.’s 19-member single currency area. Its remit includes the prevention of money-laundering, but the influence of Russian-linked criminal funds in peripheral E.U. states is now exposing the ECB’s limitations in this regard.

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  • Ukraine: Corruption risks soar as Western influence subsides

    February 15, 2018

    Ukraine is a large, fertile and populous country, of the kind that tends to attract foreign investment. Scratching beneath the surface, however, suggests that corruption, far from being cured by the country’s revolution of four years ago, is imperilling political stability and poses a serious risk to business operations.

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