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Bulgaria’s corrupted reform battle
Europe

Bulgaria’s corrupted reform battle

The snail’s pace of reform in Bulgaria’s judicial system is increasingly problematic for would-be investors in the country. Our special correspondent Markus Bernath reports on  the rotten apples in this Balkan barrel of the European Union. BULGARIA’S prime minister recently got a slap in the face – from Bulgaria’s business community. The next day he […]

Heavy-metal firepower in Turkey’s Kurd war
Mediterranean Middle East

Heavy-metal firepower in Turkey’s Kurd war

Violence between the Turkish army and the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) is relentless in southeast Turkey and is only expected to get worse as the weather improves. Global Sources Magazine has learned that the Turkish army is using heavy ordnance against rebels in the Kurdish cities where fighting has raged since last autumn. The Turkish […]

Is Turkey shooting itself in the foot?
Mediterranean Middle East

Is Turkey shooting itself in the foot?

A terrorist attack in Ankara on February 17 has left Turkey shaken. The war in Syria and resulting influx of three million refugees, plus a new round of fighting with the Kurdish PKK in the southeast and soured relations with Russia have created a new sense of uncertainly in a country where people felt relatively […]

Cyprus reboots offshore energy search
Energy Mediterranean

Cyprus reboots offshore energy search

EXCLUSIVE: Cyprus will launch a new licensing round for its offshore energy assets “as soon as possible,” Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis told Global Sources Magazine. The European Union island republic needs to get back in action to map and develop fully the gas resources in its East Mediterranean waters. With […]

Ukraine tries to privatize – again
Former Soviet states

Ukraine tries to privatize – again

Privatizing state companies is a challenge for any government, but it has been particularly tough for Ukraine, where despite the fact that many of the country’s state-owned companies are bankrupt, enthusiasm for privatization is lacking. Correspondent Mark Adomanis explains the complications the government is facing and the national preference to […]

A Mediterranean initiative
Europe Mediterranean

A Mediterranean initiative

There are 20 countries that line the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and despite the huge potential that exists for cross-border business and improvements in the quality of life there is little cooperation between them. Brussels-based Litus Advisory has just released the Mediterranean Growth Initiative, a comprehensive study of the […]

Inside Diyarbakir
Mediterranean

Inside Diyarbakir

The ugly days of guerrilla war between the army and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have returned to southeastern Turkey. But now, replacing fighting in the rural areas, the war has taken root inside Kurdish cities, and this time it seems more serious than ever. Our special correspondent Markus Bernath […]