Economically undermined and deprived of allies, Russia is trying to be a "big shot" in Syria and to maintain an important position on the world’s political map. Sebastian Stodolak talks to Eugene Rumer from the American think-tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
The economic sanctions are only a tertiary cause of Russia's trouble with economic growth. The recession is in full swing, but Vladimir Putin will not reform the economy – argues Sergei Guriev, former President of Moscow's New Economic School.
It will be 25 years on 23 December since the Act on Economic Activity, popularly called Wilczek’s bill, was passed. It introduced into the stubborn reality the rule that what is not prohibited is permitted. State regulation was reduced. This act is commonly considered to be the “Sevres standard” for free-market economic reforms. Is this a deserved opinion?
"Poland is in a very difficult situation in terms of its relations with neighbors, but all the disagreements between the country and its neighbors should not affect their economic relations. With only one exception: Russia. Money that comes from Russia has to be controlled and not every Russian investment should be allowed", Edward Lucas, a longtime correspondent from Central and Eastern Europe for The Economist, says.