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Albania  05/10/09

The First Macedonian Encyclopaedia Caused Tensions

The Macedonian Academy of Science and Arts (MANU) launched the first national "Macedonian Encyclopaedia", funded by the government. However, its content caused conflicts with Albania....
Poland  05/10/09

Economic Optimism High in Poland

Poland's economy continues to grow, in contrast to other CEE countries....
 
Poland  05/10/09

Thaw in Polish-Russian Relations?

There are more and more signs that Poland and Russia is willing to normalize relations....
Risk Watch  05/10/09

Romanian Economy Might Have Hit the Bottom, but the Government is in Crisis

There were some signs that the Romanian economy has finally reached the bottom of the recession, but the majority of the news was still very negative. The coalition break-up also fuels fears....
 
Romania  05/10/09

Romanian Campaign is Heating up, First Casualty: the Grand Coalition

Political parties are busy positioning themselves before the presidential elections. Contradicting national interests, the socialists decided to quit the government in the middle of the crisis....
Slovakia  05/10/09

5.5 percent Deficit for 2010 in Slovakia – at least

The 2010 public budget deficit is expected to be at 5.5% of GDP on revenues of €23.97 bln and expenditure of €27.68 bln, according to the budget plan published by the Finance Ministry....
 
Hungary  05/10/09

Slovakian-Hungarian Relations Deteriorate, while Smer is Distancing from SNS

The refusal of the visit of the Hungarian President László Sólyom to Slovakia after the passing of the Slovak Language Act brought Slovakian-Hungarian relations to a deep-point....
Kuwait  01/10/09

Kuwait considers investing in Iraq to settle war reparations

Kuwait is considering investments in Iraq as a way of resolving a dispute over billions of dollars of war reparations owed by Baghdad for its 1990 invasion, according to the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister....
 
Yemen  01/10/09

Fighting continues in Sa’ada as clashes erupt in the south

Fighting in the Sa’ada region of Yemen resumes after short ceasefire attempts. At the same time, clashes have erupted in the south of the country....

13 UAE banks exposed to Saad and Gosaibi groups

The UAE Central Bank has announced that thirteen UAE banks are exposed to the collapse of the Saad and Algosaibi family groups. This puts further strain on the UAE banking sector....
 
Dubai  01/10/09

Nakheel and Emaar in U-turn over Cityscape; Office prices crash

Dubai’s Nakheel and Emaar have both said they will participate in Cityscape Dubai, after initially saying they will not participate....
Bahrain  01/10/09

GCC rail network by 2017

The announcement that the GCC-wide rail like will start operating in 2017 is a welcome move for all GCC states....
 
Dubai  15/09/09

Migrant workers in Dubai protest against underpayments

Protests by construction workers in Dubai employed by major contractor Al Habtoor Leighton is an unusual show of protest about underlying the troubles facing major Dubai construction companies....

UAE expels Palestinian, Lebanese and Iranian expatriates

The UAE authorities have expelled tens of Palestinian, Shiite-Lebanese and Iranian expatriates, giving little explanation. The expulsions may reflect security concerns....
 

UAE government moves to protect foreign investors

The UAE indicated that it plans to move ahead with a foreign investor protection law, in an effort to attract foreign investors to the country....
Dubai  15/09/09

Dubai Metro starts partial operations

The opening of Dubai Metro is expected to gradually provide a long-term solution to the traffic problems as well as help boost the image of Dubai at a time when it is badly needed....
 
Kuwait  15/09/09

Tensions escalates between Kuwaiti parliament and government

Tensions are rising between the Kuwaiti parliament and government as opposition MP’s accuse government ministers of an inadequate response to the Mishref sewage environmental disaster....
Kuwait  15/09/09

Kuwait signs deal to generate electricity

Kuwait signed a contract to build the Subiyya power plant, which is expected to generate 2,000 megawatts of electricity by 2012. This will help alleviate severe power shortages....
 

Plans to explore setting-up “Gas City” in Yemen

Plans to construct “Gas City” by a UAE-based consortium will likely help fill the gaps in the country’s finances in the long-term, but more immediate political and economic solutions are needed....
Yemen  15/09/09

Mediation efforts in Yemen to end Sa’ada conflict fail

Conflict in the Sa’ada region of Yemen is still ongoing as mediation efforts fail. There are increasing calls for turning Yemen into a federation...
 
 

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