Category: Politics

Macedonia’s inconclusive election indicates continuing political uncertainty in 2017 with probable new vote, stalled anti-corruption efforts

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Key Points If the political parties fail to reach consensus over government formation – a reasonably likely scenario – an early election is likely in May 2017. Protests, posing moderate risks of collateral damage to vehicles and building fronts, and…

Calexit’ group opens Russian embassy

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California secession organizers say they’ve opened an embassy — in Moscow California gained an embassy in Russia last weekend, at least in the eyes of those who have promised to seek a statewide vote on secession, nicknamed “Calexit,” in 2018.…

Russia Bets on China: Picking the Wrong Horse in the Short Term and Long

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Russians are waking up to the fact that Vladimir Putin’s much-ballyhooed “turn” to China is not bringing Russia the benefits he promised or that they expected. Not only has Beijing refused to tow Moscow’s line on a variety of international…

A Good Year (So Far) for Europe’s Separatists

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The European Union’s (EU) separatist movements have never had it so good. Faltering economic conditions, unpopular austerity measures and ‘out of touch’ governments have combined to reignite secessionism like never before. As a result, separatist fervour has never been so…

Russia Is Reinforcing 3 Crucial Geopolitical Frontlines

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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new military doctrine for the country on Dec. 26 last year. The new doctrine, beyond explicitly stating that NATO’s expansion was the main external threat facing Moscow, calls for reinforcing three geopolitical fronts that Russia…

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince likely to take over on king’s death, posing risk of disagreement over his successor

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IHS Jane’s Intelligence Review Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is primed to succeed the ailing King Abdullah. Source: PA Key Points With King Abdullah and his successor, Crown Prince Salman, suffering ill health, Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin (69 years…

US makes light of ‘curse words’ on EU

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BRUSSELS – The US is trying to laugh off a leak in which it denigrates EU diplomacy on Ukraine, while blaming Russia for a “new low” in spy craft.