What drives China to Central and Eastern Europe: Interview with PM Li Keqiang

What follows it the written interview for Central and Eastern European Countries with Chinese PM Li Keqiang amid China-CEE meeting in Belgrade. Slovakia’s Pravda, I am working for, was the part of the project, for a shortened interview in Slovak see here. Continue reading

Falling oil prices: A big headache for Venezuela’s Maduro?

According to some media reports Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s popularity is just around 25 percent and the economy feels the heat from falling oil prices. Meanwhile one of the leaders of the political opposition María Corina Machado was charged with conspiracy for allegedly participating in a plot to assassinate President. What do do expect from Maduro in this situation? How dangerous is the current situation for his regime? Read few comments.

Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López. Credit: Archive of Lilian Tintori

Lilian Tintori, wife of Venezuelan jailed opposition leader Leopoldo López. Credit: Archive of Lilian Tintori

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José Manuel Barroso’s years as he completes his terms as the EC head

The outgoing president of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso said he sees EU stronger after euro debt crisis. Would you agree or not, and why? Read few comments.

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Poland: A success story?

The story of Poland in the last years, despite the economic (and in many EU countries also political) crisis in the EU, is widely perceived as a success story. How much do you agree, what is this success based on?  Do you see also some weak spots and future challenges? Read few comments.

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Irregular quote of the day

Martin Sandbu, economics leader writer for the Financial Times in “The euro is a scapegoat for the blunders of politicians.”

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Are Deng Xiaoping cats still catching mice in China?

Paramount leader Deng Xiaoping would be 110 today.

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Egypt: Does new Suez Canal make sense?

Does Egypt need project on new Suez Canal, could it lead to boosting of the economy or maybe the government should pay more attention to other sectors of the Egyptian economy? Read few comments.

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