What will Belarus gain from the proposed merger with Russia?

Ben Aris in Berlin December 12, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko on December 7 to try and bring their two countries closer together into a single market modeled on the EU. What will Minsk gain from the deal?

Putin, Lukashenko fail to secure 'integration' deal amid anti-Russia protests in Belarus

bne IntelliNews December 9, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko failed to secure a deal over further "integration" of political and economic systems of the two states during five-hours of talks on December 8 talks in Russia’s Bla

Lukashenko, Putin agree on setting up a single market mechanism, merging some government functions

Ben Aris in Berlin December 1, 2019

Belarus and Russia are a step closer to forming a single market, based on the same principles as the European Union, after Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an integration deal.

IMF Blog: Frontier market borrowing binge

International Monetary Fund November 25, 2019

Rock bottom global interest rates have been a boon for so-called frontier-market countries, which have been able to borrow cheaply to finance their development needs. But there can be too much of a good thing

EU brands Belarus parliamentary elections "lost opportunity", Lukashenko's girlfriend becomes MP

bne IntelliNews November 20, 2019

The European Union has joined the chorus of critics of the November 17 elections in the lower chamber of parliament in Belarus, which are widely believed to be rubber-stamped by the nation's authorities.