EU-RUSSIA RELATIONS: QUO VADIS?

Author: Arkady Moshes, Program Director of the EU Eastern Neighborhood and Russia Research Program at the Finnish Institute of International Affairs.

What are the key developments in the EU-Russia relationship since the 2014 tipping point? What scenarios lie ahead for bilateral relations over the next three to five years? One may foresee three main possibilities: improvement, muddling through at the present level of conflict, or worsening of relations. The outlook is hazy and it is likely that none of the three options will materialize in full.

THE PROBLEM FOR US DIPLOMACY: 35 COUNTRIES WITHOUT US AMBASSADORS

  1. Argentina  
  2. Australia  
  3. Austria  
  4. Belarus*  
  5. Belgium  
  6. Belize  
  7. Bolivia*  
  8. Côte d'Ivoire  
  9. Cuba  
  10. Egypt  
  11. Eritrea*  
  12. European Union
  13. Honduras
  14. Hungary
  15. Iceland
  16. Ireland
  17. Jamaica
  18. Jordan
  19. Mongolia
  20. Morocco
  21. OECD
  22. OSCE
  23. Qatar
  24. Saudi Arabia
  25. Somalia
  26. South Africa
  27. South Korea
  28. Sudan*
  29. Sweden
  30. Syria*
  31. Tajikistan
  32. Tanzania

GR SERVICES FOR NON-EU COUNTRIES

1. Reporting Requirements

GLOBAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS: WHAT DOES IT ENTAIL?

Global Government Relations (GGR) is about the establishment, operation and management of political and stakeholder relationships in any country of the world.

It entails:

MEDIA INTERVIEW TIPS AND TECHNIQUES

Managing media interviews is an art that can only be mastered with lots of practice.

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ANTI-CORRUPTION BEST PRACTICES IN SELECTED EU COUNTRIES

1.Bulgaria: Most of the positive policy measures on tackling corruption in Bulgaria aim at improving the overall level of transparency, and examples of such practices come from different fields. The principle of the overriding public interest is enshrined in the Access to Public Information Act, which opened the door to investigative journalism; some modest steps have already been made in this direction.

VENEZUELA ON THE BRINK OF BANKRUPTCY

According to the International Monetary Fund, inflation will hit 650 percent this year and a whopping 2,300 percent in 2018. The country  has failed to make about $ 200 million in loan repayments. For Standard & Poor’s the country is in “selective default.” Experts worry this is the first sign that Venezuela’s wobbly economy is close to full collapse. The whole country of Venezuela is bankrupt.

PUBLIC DEBT IN THE EU AS PERCENT OF GDP

  1. Greece: 188.66%
  2. Italy: 135.57%
  3. Portugal: 132.21%
  4. Cyprus: 107.84%
  5. Belgium: 107.58%
  6. Spain: 104.20 %
  7. France: 98.53%
  8. United Kingdom: 87.56%
  9. Slovenia: 83.04%
  10. Austria: 82.62%
  11. Croatia: 81.57%
  12. Hungary: 75.36%
  13. Ireland: 74.42%
  14. Germany: 69.00%
  15. Finland: 62.95%
  16. Netherlands: 62.93%
  17. Malta: 59.51%
  18. Poland: 54.69%
  19. Sweden: 41.96%
  20. Lithuania: 40.26%
  21. Latvia: 39.94%
  22. Romania: 36.90%
  23. Czech Republic: 36.20%

NATION BRAND RANKING (2017)

Source: Anholt-GfK Nations Brand Index

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THE U.S. INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY

The U.S. intelligence community comprises 17 agencies and offices. The group includes agencies strictly focused on intelligence as well as the intelligence arms of other government agencies and of the military. Its total budget in 2015 was $ 66.8 billion.

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