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Analyses | | Wojciech Górecki
On 18-20 February a series of attacks took place in Kabardino-Balkaria in the Russian North Caucasus, in which tourists from Moscow were among those killed; a funicular on Mount Elbrus was also damaged. These attacks have demonstrated…
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On 16–17 February, during an official visit by President Dmitri Medvedev to Rome, Italy and Russia signed several agreements, including the sale to Gazprom of parts of the Italian ENI group’s shares in one of its Libyan projects. The…
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On 17 February in a court in Minsk, the first sentence concerning the clashes during the opposition’s post-election demonstrations last 19 December was handed down. A member of Uladzimir Niaklajeu’s electoral staff, Vasil Parfienkou,…
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On 18 February, Yerevan saw the largest opposition protests in three years, organised by the Armenian National Congress led by the former President Levon Ter-Petrosian. The protesters criticised the government’s socio-economic policy…
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On 18 February, the security service of Ukraine (SBU) was accused by the leadership of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (BYuT) that its counter-terrorism unit was planning to take over the Bloc’s HQ in Kiev and confiscate its documents and…
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On 16 February, the leadership of the ruling coalition in Moldova, the Alliance for European Integration (AIE), proved unable to achieve a consensus on strategies to overcome the two-year-long political impasse linked to the…
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In his annual address to the Senate Commission on 16 February, the Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper (coordinator of special services to the US president) summarised the current and potential threats to global…
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On 21 February, President Medvedev sacked the Deputy Director of the Federal Security Service (FSB), General Vyacheslav Ushakov. His dismissal is the result of a conflict between the FSB and the Prosecutor General, against a…
Analyses | | Konrad Popławski
The Federal Statistical Office published complete data regarding German foreign trade on 18 February. The data for 2010 – in which the German economy strongly rebounded and GDP grew 3.6% – show how the trends in German foreign trade…
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On 16 February, the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung accused Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (CSU) of including extensive fragments of press articles and Bundestag studies, without specifying their sources, in his PhD…