Another Nail in the Coffin of the Bulgarian Economy
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Another Nail in the Coffin of the Bulgarian Economy

With anti-government protests continuing for more than 60 days, there is a limited chance that the political crisis will be resolved before the beginning of the new political season in September. Nikolay Manov explains why politicians are sleepwalking towards a new foreign debt. The current Bulgarian government, a Cabinet of ‘experts’ backed by the Bulgarian … Continue reading

The Vostok Report
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The Vostok Report

The news to 26 August 2013 Belarus arrested the Russian Chief Executive of Ukrali, a potash producer. Vladislav Baumgertner was traveling to meet Belarus’ Prime Minister when detained. A video of him being searched later appeared on state television, suggesting that the arrest was revenge for the affront caused when Russia withdrew from a cartel … Continue reading

One War, Two Narratives
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One War, Two Narratives

August 2013 marks the fifth anniversary of the war between Georgia and Russia over South Ossetia. Yet the national conversation surrounding the issue is dominated by electioneering, writes Levan Kakhishvili. Five years ago, the Georgian government tried to regain control over the breakaway region of South Ossetia, leading to a severe reaction from Russia. A … Continue reading

Russia didn’t kill Nabucco – it just wouldn’t work
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Russia didn’t kill Nabucco – it just wouldn’t work

In a reply to yesterday’s post on Nabucco’s woes, Andrew Ryan argues that the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline deal was economically-driven. I think a few things are clear from the previous article, most notably that the decision to opt for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline was entirely economic. It was driven by market opportunities, scalability, management operability, funding, project … Continue reading

Is Nabucco dead?
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Is Nabucco dead?

Notwithstanding Jose Manuel Barroso’s reverential trips to Baku, Nabucco seems unlikely to happen for the foreseeable future. The prospect of gas imports through Iraq or Iran is more feasible, but it still needs proven reliability and political backing to be viable, writes Paolo Sorbello. Without any Trans-Caspian gas, a pipeline system with too much capacity … Continue reading