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The Western financial sanctions are not the main source of the problems in the Russian economy, but they have significantly weakened its general state.
Even though their political manifestos do not overlap, the four parties which have formed the government coalition are likely to see out a full term.
The Belarusian authorities have adopted a familiar tactic in order to obtain large, low-interest stabilisation loans.
It is now difficult to say that Russia is following a coherent oil strategy vis-a-vis the EU.
The government’s extensive programme for stimulating the economy maintains high economic growth but it also has negative side-effects.
The withdrawal of Russian forces from Syria is only partial and is essentially a political operation.
The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) has emerged as the largest winner in the elections. The party already has representation in the parliaments of eight of the 16 German federal states.
Since gaining its independence Tajikistan has faced severe political, economic and social problems. The last several months has seen a clear increase in their intensity.
The takeover of Feza Publications is another instalment in the fight against the opposition media in Turkey.
The parliamentary election brought an end to the majority rule of the the left-wing Smer-SD and marked the beginning of a period of political instability.