Europe & Russia

  • 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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  • Situation report: Poland’s political crisis

    February 3, 2017

    Just 15 months into its term, Poland’s ruling Prawo i Sprawiedliwość (PiS) party is facing the largest political crisis the country has seen in years.

    The Sejm, the lower house of the Polish parliament, held its first session of 2017 on 11 January, but only after a seven-hour delay during which political leaders met to try and end a major crisis ...

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  • Brexit: What to expect

    February 3, 2017

    The U.K. voted to leave the European Union (E.U.) on 23 June 2016, and the indications in the months since have pointed to a clear separation – what the British media have dubbed a ‘hard Brexit’.

    The first step is to trigger the article in the Treaty of Lisbon, one of the E.U.’s foundational legislative texts, that allows for the withdrawal ...

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