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By the end of last year, the Turkish economy had slipped into a technical recession, boosting in 12 months by only 2.6%, despite the fact that a year ago the government expected GDP to grow by 3.8%. The slowdown is particularly striking against the background of sustainable development over the past seven years: in 2010, the country's GDP grew by 8.5%, in 2011 - by 11.1%, in 2012 - by 4.8%, in 2013 - by 8.5%, in 2014 - by 5.2%, in 2015 - by 6.1%, in 2016 - by 3.2% and in 2017 - by 7.4% [i] This trend has turned Turkey into one of the fastest developing economies, earning it 17th position worldwide in nominal GDP and 13th in the GDP value regarding purchasing power parity.
Does our history only appear overheated, but is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore cynical? Surely, our history warns. Does it also provide for a hope? Hence, what is in front of us: destiny or future? One of the biggest (nearly schizophrenic) dilemmas of liberalism, ever since David Hume and Adam Smith, was an insight into reality; whether the world is essentially Hobbesian or Kantian.
On March 12, 2019 representatives of the Historical Perspective Foundation and the Russian Historical Society, gathered for a joint conference in Moscow which was titled "The Crimean Triangle: Crimea - Russia - Ukraine 1954 - 2014". The issue of Crimea, its return to be part of Russia and disputes about the significance of this event will for years remain a focal point in internal political and historical discourses as well as in Russia’s dialogue with Ukraine and countries of the West. The implications of the events of 2014 are extremely important for Russia for several reasons.​
The 3rd meeting of experienced and progressive specialists independent community is held in Tbilisi – “Club of Experts” of “Energoсontract” Group of Companies. Today, on March 13, 2019, the 3rd “Club of Experts” meeting is held in Georgia. The expert community was initiated a year ago by “Energokontract” Group of Companies - the leading developer and manufacturer in Russia and Europe of personal protective equipment made of modern fire-resistant aramid materials against the most dangerous occupational health and safety risks.
On March 1, with all due pomp and circumstance, Poland marked the National Remembrance Day of Cursed Soldiers (Żołnierze wyklęci) with the president, prime-minister and other top officials attending a ceremony commemorating members of the anti-Communist underground that existed between 1946 and 1953. Introduced in 2011, the Remembrance Day exacerbates tensions already existing between Poland and its neighbors and stemming from the controversial image of the "cursed soldiers" painted by official propaganda.
Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic recently stated that the demarcation with Kosovo was an official proposal by Serbia to resolve the Kosovo issue in a dialogue with the Albanian side, but that it was not yet determined where the line of demarcation would be. The Albanian side has not yet responded, since there is currently no dialogue. Serbian Foreign Minister also said that the United States are deeply concerned to find a compromise and a lasting solution in Kosovo.
The 55th Munich Conference on security issues featured no separate panel on Ukraine. The statement by NATO’s former Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen that “from the strategic point of view, Ukraine plays a very big role” was an attempt to make the pot sweeter. What did they say about security at the Munich Conference? In 2018, this issue, which was key for Ukraine’s leadership, was supported by the report of the former NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussentitled "Will the UN be able to unite Ukraine?" which was prepared by the American Hudson Institute in tandem with the Rasmussen Global Foundation.
The 2019 Security Conference in Munich attracted so much attention not only due to the top-notch lineup of participants, but also to the keynote report released by the organizers as a curtain-raiser for the high-profile gathering. Titled “The Great Puzzle: Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?" the Munich Security Report (MSR) was pitched as a recipe for preserving and strengthening the “liberal world order,” which, according to the authors, is becoming increasingly fragmented and chaotic.
The Italian Cabinet of Ministers came under severe criticism and rough pressure at the recent meeting of the European Parliament (EP) on February 12, 2019. The European parliamentarians who spoke at the meeting described Rome’s policy as “idiotic” saying that it has been following orders from the Kremlin. In addition, they dubbed Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conti the “wooden doll” (il burratino in Italian) of non-systemic party leaders Matteo Salvini and Luigi di Mayo.
ALBANIA is quite a small country with a population of about 2.5 million. While being a member of NATO with a key position on the map of the Balkans, it seeks to become a regional transit center and an energy hub for the region as it takes part in the construction of the Trans Adriatic Pipeline running through its territory. Albania today acts as a Western outpost, positioning itself as the leading pro-American and pro-European state in the Balkans, the core and curator of the so-called "Albanian political factor" in neighboring countries.