Σάββατο, 27 Φεβρουαρίου 2016

Γιατί η Ρωσία και η Τουρκία συγκρούονται

Ο πρόεδρος της Ρωσίας, Βλαντιμίρ Πούτιν, και ο πρωθυπουργός της Τουρκίας, Ταγίπ Ερντογάν, σε συνέντευξη Τύπου στην Κωνσταντινούπολη, στις 3 Δεκεμβρίου 2012. MURAD SEZER / REUTERS
Οι σχέσεις μεταξύ της Τουρκίας [2] και της Ρωσίας [3] είναι επιβαρυμένες από τότε που η τουρκική πολεμική αεροπορία κατέρριψε ένα ρωσικό βομβαρδιστικό [4] που παραβίασε για λίγο τον εναέριο χώρο της, τον Νοέμβριο. Αλλά οι εντάσεις μεταξύ των δύο χωρών κλιμακώνονταν για μήνες πριν από αυτό, πρώτα για την παρέμβαση της Ρωσίας στην Ουκρανία και στην συνέχεια στην Συρία. Ως αποτέλεσμα, στην διάρκεια αυτών των δύο ετών, οι δύο χώρες έχουν αναιρέσει σε μεγάλο βαθμό την συνεννόηση είχαν οικοδομήσει κατά τα προηγούμενα 15.

The political economy of voter engagement in Niger

By Jean Rebiffé - Own work / Niamey from the sky on Flickr, CC BY 3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=24945840
This briefing forms part of a three-piece political economy analysis that was carried out by ODI and Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherche sur les Dynamiques Sociales et le Développement Local (LASDEL) researchers. The aim was to inform the design of the Participatory and Responsive Governance (PRG) programme to be implemented by the US Agency for International Development from 2015 to 2020.

WOULD AN 'INDEPENDENT' BRITAIN WANT TO JOIN THE SINGLE MARKET?

Three economic rules mean that Britain would seek to join the EU’s single market if it were not already a member.
Both sides of Britain’s EU debate claim the mantle of free-traders. Pro-Europeans emphasise the potential loss of access to the single market if Britain quits the EU. Outers point to the EU’s declining share of world trade, and the opportunities that might arise from signing free trade agreements with countries outside Europe, without having to find consensus with 27 other states. A central question in the campaign has become: ‘Would Brexit boost or depress Britain’s international trade?’

About That "Oil Freeze": Russian Crude Production Sets New Post-Soviet Record In February

Russian Production Is At A Post-Soviet High Despite Oil Freeze
As noted earlier, among the catalysts for the overnight leg higher in oil was a statement by Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio Del Pino who triggered the headline-scanning algos yesterday when he said, during a television broadcast on TeleSur, that oil producing countries were discussing a March meeting site (which apparently is sufficient to instill confidence in future cuts), and that Venezuela, Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are planning to meet in July. He added that "There’s no capacity to continue putting oil on the market. If this situation continues we’ll have a collapse in oil prices" which is quite clear to everyone and certainly the Saudi oil-minister who a week ago explicitly said that Saudi Arabia would not cut production.

The Irrational Exuberance About the Iranian Economy

The Irrational Exuberance About the Iranian Economy
"You’re so happy!” I couldn’t help but smile at Kaveh as I climbed into the backseat of an old, white Iranian Peugeot taxi on a warm May evening in 2014. By any measure, my friend should have been stressed: He had spent the last 90 minutes winding his way through Tehran’s congested traffic trying to find me. The Iranian capital’s infamous crush of Peugeots, Kia Prides, and motorbikes is often endearing for a newcomer to the city, but, for any resident, an hour-and-a-half of driving through the smog and congestion of Tehran’s narrow streets is normally a recipe for a nervous breakdown. But when I saw him nearly two years ago, Kaveh wasn’t just calm, he was beaming. “I’m just happy to see you here,” he replied simply as he climbed back into the taxi.