Uzbekistan approves state program on Aral Sea basin

The "State program on development of the Aral Sea basin for 2017-2021" has been approved by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s decree. READ MORE

EU Leader Identifies Russia, China, Trump as Threats

European Union President Donald Tusk says China, Russia and the U.S. administration of President Donald Trump are among the top external threats facing the bloc. READ MORE

Vox Ukraine: ‘Private’ story of good bank, bad shareholder, ugly regulator

By Olena Shkarpova

Editor’s note: This story was originally published by Vox Ukraine and is republished with permission. READ MORE

Immigration Order Playing Well to Trump Fans Around US

President Donald Trump's order temporarily banning refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries is playing well in Trump Country, those places that propelled him to the White House. READ MORE

EBRD links first deals for Central Asia’s uranium mining legacy

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has signed the first framework agreements for uranium mining legacy fund in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, READ MORE

Facing the grave nuclear risk

By Robert Monroe

America must resume underground nuclear testing READ MORE

Who to lose most from Trans-Pacific Partnership collapse?

The US will regret foregoing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Russell A. Green, Will Clayton Fellow in International Economics at Rice University's Baker Institute (Houston) . READ MORE

Fluent top manager of BTA returned

Detained in Turkey, the former first deputy chairman of Kazakhstan's BTA Bank Zhaksylyk Zharimbetov delivered to Astana and released on bail.  READ MORE


By Viktor Orbán

Judging from population, natural resources, and human capital, the European Union should be the leading power of the world. For the moment, however, its stagnation obstructs its potential leadership. What we call the European Project has been stopped in its tracks. We have a monetary union, and we have taken a few tentative steps towards some kind of political union, but we have no tax or fiscal union – no debt financing union – to go with it. And that is likely to remain the case. READ MORE

February 2017