Risk Watch

Macedonia (FYROM)  18/06/09

Budget and ethnic woes in Macedonia (FYROM)

The revision of budget projections for 2009 is an important step to guarantee the stability of the public finances and the confidence of foreign investors, however steeper cuts will be needed....
Poland  18/06/09

Safe win for Donald Tusk and the PO on the Polish EP Elections

Donald Tusk’s cabinet in Poland is the most stable coalition in the region at the moment, taking more than 50% of the votes on the EP elections....
Romania  18/06/09

Romanian big coalition wins on the European Parliamentary elections

In Romania, the parties of the big coalition dominate the political field with an almost equal, head-to-head result. Meanwhile, the slump in the Romanian economy is deeper than expected....
Slovakia  18/06/09

Record low Slovakian turnout on the 2009 European Elections

For the second time in succession, Slovakia recorded the lowest voter turnout among all EU countries in the European Parliament elections: 19,6%. Meanwhile, economic forecasts turned for the worse....
Saudi Arabia  16/06/09

Saudi Government: Improved Relations with Shiites

The Saudi government has improved it relations with the Shiite population in the southern Najran province by granting land....
Yemen  16/06/09

Kidnapping is Still Serious Problem in Yemen

Kidnapping activity shows no signs of decrease in Yemen....
Bahrain  16/06/09

Agreement Signed on Monetary Union between GCC Countries

Four GCC states signed a pact on 7 June creating a monetary union. It comes as a confidence-building measure after the shock decision by the UAE to not be part of it....
Kuwait  16/06/09

Iraqi-Kuwait Relations Deteriorate

Kuwait-Iraqi relations have deteriorated after Iraqi legislators proposed to stop paying compensations for Kuwait, in response to Kuwait’s refusal to agree to Iraq exiting the UN’s chapter 7....
Oman  16/06/09

Simplification of the Tax System in Oman

Oman has simplified its corporate tax laws to woe foreign investors, offering a fixed 12 percent tax on all corporations working in Oman....
Bulgaria  26/05/09

GDP-fall in Bulgaria

GDP in Bulgaria fell by 3.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2009. Unemployment likely to become a rising economic as well as social problem, especially in the manufacturing industry....
Czech Republic  26/05/09

Czech interim government: the end of the political crisis?

The interim government’s inauguration provisionally ended the political crisis, but the debate concerning the Treaty of Lisbon is still going on....
Slovakia  26/05/09

Slovakia's economic troubles grow

The recession has hit Slovakia more seriously than expected, possibly affecting governing party Smer, so the European elections will serve as a test....
Macedonia (FYROM)  26/05/09

Macedonia (FYROM) anticipates visa liberalization as of 1 Jan 2010

Starting EU accession talks, visa regime liberalization and decentralization in IPA funds management are the three priorities of Macedonia....
Poland  26/05/09

Record high Polish deficit in April

The Polish authorities remain committed to the 2009 state budget, primarily by cutting expenditure at the state level, but lacking the will to act firmly, a higher budget deficit is expected....
Romania  26/05/09

FDI fell in Romania

FDI saw a 13.9% drop in the first trimester of 2009 in Romania. As previously expected, after the first quarter the country’s economy took a steep downward direction....
Bahrain  15/04/09

Serious Crisis Between Shiite and Sunni Communities of Bahrain

The royal pardon of Shiite opposition leaders in Bahrain diffuses what could have potentially evolved into the most serious crisis between the Shiite and Sunni communities of Bahrain....
Dubai  15/04/09

Dubai Real-estate Market is in Trouble

Two high-profile court cases in the Dubai courts are likely to further erode the credibility of the Dubai real-estate market. ...
Qatar  15/04/09

Qatar: Questions over Freedom of the Press

Recent tensions between the Doha Centre for Media Freedom and its political sponsor, the wife of the Emir of Qatar, has raised questions about the freedom of press in Qatar....
Yemen  15/04/09

Further Fights between Government Forces and Houthi Rebels in Yemen

The hostilities in the Sa’ada region between government forces and Houthi rebels further undermines the very shaky truce. Reports of Al Qaeda involvement undermines the government’s authority....
Bahrain  15/04/09

Launching of the GCC Common Currency Project in Delay

The delay in the launching of the GCC common currency amid reports of differences between member states increases the likelihood of scrapping the project altogether....

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