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Slovakia: reforms fuel recovery prospects

With its place at the heart of Europe and a skilled labour force with a strong work ethic, Slovakia is well-placed to attract more investment, especially after the government introduced reforms to challenge corruption and make regional incentives more accessible to foreign companies.


Political dust settles in Kyrgyzstan

Despite two revolutions in five years, Kyrgyzstan remains in some ways an easier investment proposition than its neighbours, and tax and regulatory improvements are intended to keep its small but growing FDI stocks on the rise.

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Montenegro offers a safe harbour for the jet set

Montenegro has become a playground for the world's billionaires -- with its revamped resorts offering an ideal place to party.

From Sectors / Metals

Rare earth metals search goes global

Rare earth metals are becoming increasingly important to the technology and military sectors, but China has a stranglehold on the global supply. Now the world's energy and mining companies are looking to change this by developing alternative sources

Green light for UK bribery law

After months of uncertainty, the UK's new bribery law will finally come into force in July

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Switzerland's insurance claim

As Switzerland opens up its insurance and reinsurance markets, more and more global players in the sector are locating in the country, causing murmurs of concern in traditional European hotspot London


Gabon ready to kick on

Francophone Gabon is not the most high-profile of African countries, but with a new prime minister, the hosting of a major football tournament and investors being drawn to its resource-rich land, could that change?

Italy flies in the face of FDI fashion

Foreign direct investment plummeted across much of Europe during 2008 and 2009 in the aftermath of the financial crisis, but in Italy it increased 75%. Could this growth signal a change in the country's long-term prospects, or was it just a temporary fillip? Polly Botsford investigates

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EU directive causes uncertainty for foreign investors

The EU has finalised a new directive regulating private equity and hedge funds. But how it differentiates between EU and non-EU managers could have serious implications reports Polly Botsford

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Asia drives M&A activity in natural resources

The natural resources sector has seen a year of massive investment, with a record value of mergers and acquisitions in 2010. Much of this demand has come from power-hungry Asia

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