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Saakashvili arrested, tension rises
UKRAINE · In Brief · 10 Dec 2017

Late in the night on December 8 Mikheil Saakashvili was arrested and this time successfully. He was escorted to jail of the Security Bureau of Ukraine (SBU). His supporters called for a new meeting on December 10 and they really gathered few thousands of protesters who called for impeachment. All...

Political and economic update
TURKEY · Report · 10 Dec 2017

We rate political risk in Turkey as high, but can’t generate a prediction regarding its direction. Much will depend on the outcome of the Hakan Atilla Iran sanctions trial. In case of a guilty verdict (our likely scenario), Ankara will have to choose between a political settlement and defiance. A...

Political reading of Cristina’s imprisonment request
ARGENTINA · In Brief · 08 Dec 2017

On Thursday December 7th, Federal judge Claudio Bonadio (who is about to retire) requested the Senate to annul the Congressional immunity of recently sworn-in senator Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (CFK) and ordered her subsequent detention. This request came together with the actual detention (a...

November inflation: no surprise, no concern
HUNGARY · In Brief · 08 Dec 2017

The November CPI-inflation data is out this morning. The headline rate was 0.4% mom, 2.5% yoy, the latter up from 2.2% yoy in October. This was in line with the market consensus. Just as we wrote in a related note earlier this week, the upturn of the yoy headline rate should be no reason for conc...

As economy improves, Poroshenko leads in polls
UKRAINE · Report · 06 Dec 2017

Fresh voter polls are giving President Petro Poroshenko the best chance of winning the 2019 presidential race. Ukrainians seem to see that Poroshenko is not perfect, but he can claim some positive achievements, like the visa-free regime with the EU. Given the improving economic situation, he’s l...

GDP Expands Again During the Third Quarter of 2017
SOUTH AFRICA · Report · 05 Dec 2017

On a quarter-on-quarter, seasonally adjusted and annualized basis, GDP in the third quarter of 2017 increased by 2.0%. This was the second consecutive quarterly increase following the upwardly adjusted second quarter growth rate of 2.8% q/q (previously 2.5%). Furthermore, these positive growth ra...

Extra Coal Plant Spending Likely to Push Deficit Over 3%
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC · Report · 05 Dec 2017

A new survey underscores the pessimistic domestic mood, and highlights crime and corruption as two big concerns. Some 74% of respondents called the economy bad or very bad; 75% predicted that toward the end of the Danilo Medina administration the economy would be the same or worse; and 52% called...

Revised Q3 GDP data reflects increasingly robust domestic demand
HUNGARY · In Brief · 05 Dec 2017

Revised GDP data for Q3 came out at 0.9% qoq, 4.1% yoy on sda basis this morning. The quarterly number remained unchanged from the first estimate, but the yoy data jumped from a preliminary 3.8%, partly due to upward revisions affecting previous quarters. Growth accelerated from 3.7% yoy in Q2, a...

Increased optimism around Pension Reform, but challenges remain
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 05 Dec 2017

According to a poll conducted by Arko Advice of 218 congressional representatives, 57.8% do not believe that Pension Reform will be approved in the Temer administration. However, this index is better than the result of the previous poll, conducted in October (78.77%). The new poll was conducted o...

New Attack on Anti-Corruption Bodies, the U.S. Department of State Intervenes
UKRAINE · In Brief · 05 Dec 2017

We witness new major fight over anti-corruption bodies these days. National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) has been extremely effective over the last few months. Arrests reached high profile officials. Among the nosiest cases was the arrest of the son of current Interior Minister, Arsen...

An attempt to arrest Saakashvili amid blames in illegal party financing
UKRAINE · In Brief · 05 Dec 2017

Today on Dec 5 the Security Bureau of Ukraine (SBU) made an attempt to arrest Mikheil Saakashvili, leader of opposition party Move of New Forces. Hundreds of supporters gathered near the place where Saakashvili resides and effectively recaptured Saakashvili from police and SBU. In parallel, the C...

The economy shows grit while Peña chooses Meade to be his successor
MEXICO · Report · 04 Dec 2017

Despite the overall uncertainty surrounding the fate of Nafta, indicators released in November showed that the Mexican economy remains solid, with roughly a fourth of all FDI inflows directed at the automotive sector, and the country increasingly diversifying its non petroleum exports. There was ...

Capitalization of state-owned television: A systemic problem?
CHILE · Report · 04 Dec 2017

During the last couple of months (and probably for what is left of 2017), legislative activity has been drastically reduced, thanks to the ongoing discussion of the budget bill and the election campaign. Nevertheless, at least one new piece of major legislation will be probably adopted – a bill r...

Week of December 4
BRAZIL POLITICS · Report · 04 Dec 2017

The government intensifies efforts to approve Pension Reform by the week of December 12. On Wednesday night, December 6, President Temer will meet with leaders of allied parties to discuss the reform. The same day, the PSDB, which is divided on the issue, will discuss a possible party-line vote. ...

Economic Recovery alongside High Risks
BRAZIL ECONOMICS · Forecast · 04 Dec 2017

The most positive point of economic policy execution is the conduction of monetary policy fighting off inflation. The SELIC rate should close 2017 at 7% a year and remain at that level throughout 2018. With this, the ex-ante real interest rate for one year will remain near 3%, below the neutral r...