EBRD survey reveals surprising surge in life satisfaction in Emerging Europe

Clare Nuttall in Glasgow November 23, 2023

In the last seven years, Emerging Europe has grappled with pandemic, war and a cost of living crisis. So why did people get happier?

Tunisia’s bread subsidy battle does not bode well for IMF deal, RANE/Stratfor says

bne IntelliNews August 30, 2023

Tunisia’s battle to mitigate bread shortages “risks eroding its authoritarian president’s popularity, triggering social unrest, and delaying the disbursement of needed funds from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)”, RANE/Stratfor writes.

Wheat, rice and El Niño: food security warning lights are flashing red

Ben Aris in Berlin August 1, 2023

Russia’s exit from the Black Sea grain initiative, India’s ban on rice exports and a “strong” El Niño expected in the second half of this year mean the global food security warning lights have started to flash red.

Putin at 2023 Africa-Russia summit: Wiping debts, donating grain and boosting co-operation

bne IntelliNews July 30, 2023

Russia and Africa can work together to protect national sovereignty and put an end to colonialism, Russian President Vladimir Putin told African delegates at the 2023 Africa-Russia summit in St. Petersburg.

Tunisia migration matches debt distress call

Gary Kleiman of Kleiman International Consultants July 10, 2023

Tunisia’s sovereign bond index spread hovered at 3000 basis points in May, among the worst distressed credits, as President Saied neared two years in office with a political and economic track record wreaking unmitigated havoc.