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Reflections from our correspondents attending conferences around the Central and Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States region.

CONFERENCE CALL: Central Europe's populists follow the Putin playbook to control the media

November 11, 2022

Ruling parties are turning state broadcasters into propaganda mouthpieces, spreading disinformation, and using friendly private or state-owned companies to build sycophantic media empires.

EBRD 2022: Russia and the war in Ukraine dominate the EBRD’s annual meeting

May 10, 2022

The three-month-old war in Ukraine dominated the agenda on the first day of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development meeting in Marrakech, the first in-person AM in three years.

CONFERENCE CALL: Invasion of Ukraine would threaten the delicate balance of interests in the Arctic

February 21, 2022

The Arctic states including Russia and the US have benefitted from regional co-operation, even while building up their military capabilities. A land war in Ukraine would change this.

CONFERENCE CALL: A chance for Moldova and its biggest bank

November 17, 2021

Moldovan officials stressed their commitment to reform and EU integration as the country’s largest bank MAIB eyes a London IPO.

CONFERENCE CALL: Afghanistan crucial to rebuilding ties between Central and South Asia

July 16, 2021

There is strong political will to forge trade, transport and energy links between Central and South Asia, but achieving this depends on restoring peace in Afghanistan.