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MozambiqueMozambique

Wed 4 Mar 2015 The fellowship of Vasco da Gama marked the Portuguese entry into the country in 1498 and Portuguese trading posts thereafter displaced the Arabic hegemony. The republic of Mozambique became independent from Portugal on 25 June 1975. There was economic stagnation until 1993 largely due to large-scale emigration, economic dependence on neighbouring South Africa, severe drought and the civil war.... Read full update

TunisiaTunisia

Thu 29 Jan 2015 Three years after the Arab Spring and the ousting of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali the political landscape of Tunisia has seen a shift in the broad support for the moderate Islamist party to a backing of the secular wing. This appeared in the results of the second democratic parliamentary elections on 26 October 2014 as the liberal Nidaa Tounes party has beaten the moderate Islamist Ennahda... Read full update

MoldovaMoldova

Mon 26 Jan 2015 Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe, unemployment is high, and the country is heavily dependent upon remittances from thousands of Moldovans working abroad. A large part of the Moldovan population is Romanian-speaking, although there are also Russian and Ukrainian minorities. The communists had been the ruling party in the former Soviet state from 1998 until 2009. Since 2009... Read full update

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