Recent purges in Turkish academia are likely to have a devastating impact on society in generally, but also on industry as Erdogan’s purges threatens to create an intellectual desert that will inadvertently diminish the quality of the country’s innovative workforce.
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Greece is under pressure to embark on a privatisation programme to help feed financial stability. Despite rhetoric that the country is committed to a privatisation programme, the Greek government is showing signs of hesitation. With investment opportunities to be had, risks still abound for those that do not have the time or patience to navigate negotiations.
Current tensions in Macedonia are contributing to an environment of political uncertainty. Although some are espousing concerns that Macedonia’s plight is contributing to greater regional instability, there are more convincing indications that recent developments are being driven by the former government to delay SJO investigations.
Although Romania has been an EU member for 10 years, the degree of transparency and privatisation of its energy sector fall well below expected EU standards. As a result, Romania’s energy sector remains largely opaque and politically exposed.
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Developments in Turkey and Lebanon could impact on the illicit narcotics routes that go to Western Europe. In both cases, the weakening of the security state apparatus will contribute to the expansion of the illicit economic interests of drug trafficking networks.
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Nationalism still dominates political discourse in much of the Balkans, and is a major source of political instability. Going hand in hand with illiberal and authoritarian tendencies, nationalism is being used for utilitarian political purposes and appears to be a vehicle for the Kremlin’s low-cost drive to destabilise the EU's projects and interests in the region.
Purges in Turkey’s law enforcement structures have undermined the ability of the state to counter the growing drug trafficking problem. This is having an impact on political stability as it feeds terrorism and overall police ineffectiveness.
Macedonia’s 3-year political crisis has been fueled by a powerful pro-SDSM civil society sector funded by Western interests. The cards are on the table, and the battle is reaching new heights as civil society power players seek to exert greater influence at all costs.
The electoral victory of Vučić in the Serbian presidential elections will directly impact the composition of informal networks surrounding him and his inner-circle. The main determining factor, however, will be the nomination for the new Prime Minister, which will have to balance several domestic and international political factors.
Central Asia has acted as a region through which Turkey has sought to channel its soft power, namely through the Gülen Movement. However, because of the AKP-Gülen split, Turkey’s involvement in Central Asia is in decline.
The first visit by a Turkish President to Mozambique has been tainted by the political war between the Gülen movement and the Turkish state.
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The energy sector in Turkey not only plays a vital economic role, but it is also a tool for political interests. The overwhelming influence of the state in this sector has allowed the government to utilise it to reinforce the loyalty of its surrounding informal networks.