Rada Contemptuous
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Rada Contemptuous

A striking feature of Ukraine’s parliament is the regularity with which deputies prevent it from working. Josh Black looks at the reasons behind this phenomenon. For the second time this year, opposition deputies have brought the proceedings of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada to a halt.  In an East European version of the filibuster tactic recently deployed … Continue reading

Latvia: a country refusing to look at the other side of the coin
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Latvia: a country refusing to look at the other side of the coin

On Monday, 4 March 2013, the government of Latvia formally requested permission to begin the process of joining the Euro. Brussels doesn’t seem so keen. Maria Eugenia Filmanovic investigates. Like many European Union member states, Latvia suffered dreadfully from 2008 global financial crisis. In 2008, its economy contracted by more than 20 percent due to … Continue reading

A new Governor for a new era?
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A new Governor for a new era?

Hungary’s Prime Minister Appoints a Controversial New Central Bank Governor. Lili Bayer assesses the Governor-to-be. Even Eurozone Finance Ministers would probably concede their sympathy to András Simor, the outgoing governor of the Hungarian Central Bank. Over the past six years, Mr Simor has had to face the Euro crisis engulfing Hungary’s largest economic partners, while … Continue reading