Europe & Russia

  • Greek anarchist organisations

    March 17, 2017

    A number of anarchist and far-left groups are active in Greece and have proven resurgent during the long financial crisis in the country, with frequent violent confrontations between groups and the police or far-right movements. Though less organised than Greece’s extreme nationalist groups, anarchist groups more commonly employ improvised explosive devices (IEDs), causing more damage and injuries.

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  • DIY E.U.? The future of the 27-member bloc

    March 9, 2017

    The European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, has published a new white paper on the future of the bloc after the impending exit of the U.K., entitled ‘Avenues for Unity for the E.U. at 27’. It presents five scenarios for how the E.U. could evolve by 2025, and though the paper has been planned for several years, Brexit has changed ...

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  • Georgia: Poison plot shakes the country’s faith

    February 21, 2017

    On 10 February, police arrested a high-ranking Georgian Orthodox priest, Father Giorgi Mamaladze, just before he was due to travel to Germany. On searching his luggage, they found cyanide; the evidence they needed to charge him with conspiracy to murder. Mamaladze had been on his way to see the leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ilia II, who was ...

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  • [Special Report] The new protectionism – 2017’s mega-trend

    February 6, 2017

    The political divide between ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ has become increasingly irrelevant. Today, the critical source of political risk emanates from a new divide between liberals and protectionists, with the pendulum swinging decisively towards the latter in 2016. The consequences for 2017 stand to be tumultuous, with the impact on emerging markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America particularly powerful.

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  • Situation report: Italy’s predicament

    February 3, 2017

    The troubles of an Italian bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS), are just one in a long line of difficulties that Italy is currently facing. A summer of natural catastrophes and a war of words with the European Commission are introducing more uncertainty into the country’s future. A recent survey showed that investors now believe Italy is more likely ...

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