As Electric Yerevan showed, governments throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia will face the risk of social and political unrest when they move to compel their citizens to pay market rates for electricity.
After little more than a year in office, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s confidence ratings are sitting at less than 50%.
The death of the former speaker of Russia's parliament Gennady Seleznyov on July 19 stirred memories of the stormy party politics that followed the Soviet collapse.
A survey has shown that most Russians believe it is impossible to get rich honestly and that most Russians millionaires have bent to rules to gain their wealth.
The BRICS cluster of big emerging economies has evolved from a symbolic upstart into a group showing signs of genuine organisation and permanence.
More than one month after the inconclusive June 7 elections, Turkey still does not have a government, and only one party, the centre-left secularist CHP, is willing to enter a coalition with the AKP.
The second half could bring some relief for CEE equity markets but risks remain, while Central European markets appear more attractive than Russia.