A gathering of people in the elevator business has taken place in Moscow. The event presented a good opportunity to reassess the advantages of economic ties with Russia while Western sanctions against it were still in place.
Stringent international sanctions imposed on Russia for its role in the Ukraine conflict have sucked the momentum out of the Russian economy over the past couple of years. The nation's growth prospects remain lethargic.
The presidential election in Iran will decide whether or not the country's economic 'opening-up' should continue, says VDMA expert Klaus Friedrich, who discussed current problems in doing business with Iran with DW.
Ukraine has imposed new sanctions on Russian social media and web services, affecting millions of its citizens and leaving many users anxious about their data. Kyiv later accused Russia of a retaliatory cyber-attack.
Six billion dollars in debt, the collapse of Croatia's largest firm, Agrokor, could bring the new government in Zagreb down with it. The woeful tale highlights the newest EU member's old problem of crony capitalism.
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