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 Riot police officers in a street during rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Photograph: EPA

Kazakhstan’s president vowed on Wednesday to act with force to curb protests that have swept the resource-rich central Asian nation, as demonstrators (...)

A boy stands next to a poster of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Sunday. Photograph:  Sedat Suna/EPA

Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to project confidence to the supporters massed beneath him as he spoke from the balcony of his ruling party headquarters i(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in December: I am saying I am against high interest rates, and I will continue to say it. Inflation cannot fall in a country with high interest rates.” Photograph: Yasin Bulbul/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Terror attacks, political tumult and fraying relations with the West have seen Turkey’s economy take a beating in recent years. However, with the vis(...)

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: ready to move “from the most powerful position to one that hasn’t got one-tenth of that power only to ensure continuity and stability”. Photograph: Andrej Cukic/EPA

Serbia’s populist prime minister Aleksandar Vucic has announced plans to run for the country’s presidency, a move that could concentrate enormous pow(...)

Istanbul: the Turkish economy is being driven by favourable demographics, strong banks and finances, and an entrepreneurial pro-business culture. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Despite a wave of suicide attacks, the war in neighbouring Syria and ongoing clashes with Kurdish separatists, Turkey’s economy is today one of the fa(...)

The Turkish Stream plan announced by Russian president Vladimir Putin  in Ankara last month would see 63 billion cubic metres of natural gas carried under the Black Sea to Turkey each year

An audacious new plan to pipe Russian gas to Europe has thrown light on Turkey’s emerging and potentially crucial role in getting gas to the energy-hu(...)

 Vladimir Putin:  has utterly failed to diversify Russia’s economy during 15 years in power. Photograph: REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Russia’s year began with a spectacular display of sporting prowess, organisational ability and, above all, financial muscle. The Winter Olympics in So(...)

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (right) chairs a meeting with top central bank and government officials   outside Moscow. Photograph:  Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Russia is braced for more financial turmoil after a major interest rate hike failed to stop a sharp slide in the value of the rouble, and plunging oi(...)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a rally of his Fidesz party in front of the parliament building in Budapest. Photograph:  Zoltan Mathe/EPA

His critics may call him the “Viktator” and accuse him of turning his country into “Orbanistan”, but Hungary’s prime minister seems to be at the peak (...)

A woman distributes warm clothes to protesters at Independance Square in Kiev today. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters.

Thousands of Ukrainian protesters have besieged government buildings in Kiev calling for the removal of the government as anger over a decision to dit(...)