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Russia and China will struggle for common policy on possible Russian soft underbelly Central Asia, Afghanistan, Mongolia, the vital Europe/Asia Caucasus crossroads, the Baltics, CEE and SEE.
While some can afford to move on, there are thousands struggling to find workable employment prospects to put a roof over their head.
The ‘small stans’ will spend another year striving to recalibrate political and economic relations with Russia and China – and other players Turkey, Iran and the West – amid the geopolitical maelstrom triggered by Moscow’s war in Ukraine.
Central Asia is bouncing back from the coronavirus pandemic and after three decades of growth, incomes have risen to a point where a middle class is emerging in the steppe. And nothing says middle class more than a hoover.
Russia and China are the dominant trade and investment partners for Central Asian countries. But their dominance in the region is now being challenged by Turkey and Iran in a return to the "Great Game."
Unfolding corruption scandal in Brno claims one nominated minister and may threaten justice minister.
Populist ANO party of former premier Andrej Babis comes first in eight of 13 regional capitals but was only second in the two largest, Prague and Brno.
Warnings issued after opening of Moscow military recruitment centre for foreign citizens amid Putin’s announcement of partial mobilisation.
Prague City Council election could lead to grand coalition of ODS and opposition ANO parties.
Czechia and Poland will resume work on the Stork II pipeline bringing gas from the Polish LNG terminal at Swinoujscie to Libhost in Czechia’s northern Moravian region.
Opponents of former premier Andrej Babis accuse him of encouraging mistrust of the media and misinformation.
Czech spy chief Petr Mlejnek has resigned over his contacts with an arrested businessman at the centre of a political corruption case.
Slovakia looks set for 18 months of political chaos before the next general elections, at a time when the government has to cope with the cost of living crisis and growing fatigue with the cost of supporting neighbouring Ukraine against Russia.
Vote called over controversial appointment of Petr Mlejnek to head the foreign intelligence agency and the cabinet’s handling of the energy crisis.
Central Asia’s largest economy facing up to sobering climate change effects on agriculture and economic disruption of Ukraine war.
Newly appointed head of intelligence Petr Mlejnek admits knowing accused STAN party sponsor but says this has already been cleared by investigators.
Tricky relations with Moscow and Beijing, a destabilised Afghanistan below the region’s soft underbelly and intra-regional rivalries turned a summit into a curate’s egg.
Some analysts contend Moscow was not in favour of Kazakhstan’s proposal, but the opposite might actually have been the case.
The Czech Republic finally appears to be breaking out of the V4 straitjacket by building alliances right across the EU to pursue its interests.