Europe & Russia

  • MALTA: Small country, big problems

    March 27, 2017

    Malta took on the rotating presidency of the E.U. at the beginning of the year, but members of the European Parliament are concerned that the country is not capable of leading the bloc in its major anti-money-laundering drive. The Panama Papers, a massive document leak that revealed the offshore banking practices of the world’s elite in April 2016, has damaged ...

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  • 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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