Dubai  02/02/10

UP plans to sell some of its assets as its struggles to find liquidity

Union Properties announcement that it plans to sell some of its assets to pay for its debt is a severe blow to the position to what was considered one of the emirate’s bestrun large developers....
Bulgaria  22/01/10

The first international failure of the Bulgarian government

The government of GERB experienced its first international failure with the poor performance and the followed withdrawal of the initial Bulgarian EU Commissioner-Designate Rumiana Jeleva....
Romania  21/01/10

New Romanian government sworn in

Romania has new government headed by old Prime Minister Emil Boc. Parliament approved the new cabinet by a wide margin (276 to 135) just before Christmas....
Romania  21/01/10

Parliament Approves 2010 Budget in Romania

Lawmakers finally passed the 2010 budget on January 10 and have sent it to President Bãsescu....
Slovakia  21/01/10

Slovakian centre-right parties’ cooperation is inconclusive

Last month’s opinion polls show that the six opposition parties together stand a chance of beating SMER. However, their small advantage is not enough to guarantee victory....
Kuwait  16/12/09

Kuwaiti PM undergoes parliamentary questioning in a landmark move

Should the situation between the parliament and government deteriorate further, a suspension of the constitution and parliamentary life - although a serious issue, may be more palatable by the public....
Yemen  16/12/09

Threat of secession increases as anarchy reported in South Yemen

The threat of the secession of the former South Yemen has increased as reports come in of increasing anarchy as central government police forces are unable to stop killings and kidnappings....
Bulgaria  14/12/09

Bulgarian Government Sets Eurozone Entry as Top Priority

At the Economist Conferences' Eighth Business Roundtable with the Government of Bulgaria, PM Borisov declared his government would make every effort to adopt the euro before its term expires in 2014....
Czech Republic  14/12/09

Czech Budget Loosened by Ad-Hoc Alliance – Structural Reform Remains Elusive

The Czech Parliament approved a budget for the year 2010 that includes a series of new spending measures pushed through by left-wing parties....
Poland  14/12/09

Polish PM Donald Tusk Still the Presidential Frontrunner

The Blackjack-gate scandal has failed to put a notable dent in Donald Tusk's and the Civic Platform's popularity....
Romania  14/12/09

Presidential Vote Fails to Break the Romanian Political Deadlock

The contest between incumbent Traian Băsescu and his Social Democratic opponent, Mircea Geoană, was a nail-biter until the very end. However, it failed to result in a clear cut situation....
Romania  08/12/09

Presidential Vote Fails to Resolve Political Deadlock

Hopes that Romania's presidential election would break the political logjam were dashed as accusations of election fraud undermine the credibility of incumbent President Băsescu’s slim victory....
Czech Republic  07/12/09

Most Significant Risk Factors that Could Hinder Economic Recovery: Czech Rep.

The unpredictable nature of the Czech Republic’s political landscape is the source of the country’s biggest challenges in recovering from the economic downturn....
Dubai  01/12/09

Dubai to ask creditors for repayment “stand-still”

The announcement by Dubai that it will ask its creditors for a payment "standstill" raises very serious concerns about Dubai’s ability to continue its development plans in the short to medium term....
Kuwait  01/12/09

Parliament-government tension escalates in Kuwait

Tensions between the Kuwaiti parliament and government have escalated. This raises the possibility of dissolution of parliament and a temporary suspension of the constitution....
Yemen  01/12/09

Southern separatists intensify efforts for secession in Yemen

Yemen faces one of its most serious tests since re-unification as protests by the Southern Movement intensifies, calling for secession....
Dubai  26/11/09

Dubai Government’s Seeking for Debt Repayment "Standstill" Shatters Confidence

Dubai World, owned by the Dubai government will ask creditors for a “standstill” and an extension of maturities for all debt to “at least 30 May 2010” according to an official statement....
Poland  23/11/09

Risk Factors that could hinder economic recovery in Poland

Poland’s economy showed surprising resilience to the crisis. However, some economic and political factors can still hold back the country's recovery and hamper economic growth after the crisis....
Romania  18/11/09

Most Significant Risk Factors that Could Hinder Economic Recovery in Romania

Acute political instability, risk of insolvency and lack of political transparency with misuse of funds and electoral fraud are the crucial risk factors that could hinder economic recovery in Romania....
Kuwait  16/11/09

Kuwait escalates into political crisis as opposition intends to grill PM

The Kuwaiti opposition has announced plans to grill the prime-minister in parliament and the interior minister refers himself to the ministers’ tribunal....

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