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ISTANBUL — With attention focused on Ukraine, whose president prompted mass protests with his last-minute decision to abandon plans for European integration last month, developments in other former Soviet countries have been less visible. Among them, Georgia initialed an agreement with the EU, quietly nearing the finish line in what's perhaps been the most dramatic story of geopolitical wrangling between Russia and the West since the Cold War.
LISBON — While Ukrainian protesters braving police batons and freezing temperatures in Kyiv's Independence Square have been a timely reminder for jaded westerners of the European Union's original ideals, leaders of the Union's 28 member nations gather for their year-end summit this week to discuss more arcane matters. "Banking union now!" is unlikely to become a rallying cry that would ignite political passions. But it may be one of their most important decisions.
WASHINGTON – It used to be that the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act was the main instrument of enforcement against bribery worldwide. No more. The legal landscape is changing quickly as dozens of countries beef up their anti-corruption laws, creating new risks to companies whose supply chains and business partners traverse the globe. One of the most striking illustrations of the risk that can now be visited on global companies through the actions of third parties has surfaced in a precedent- setting case against foreign companies with operations in China.
In July, Beijing began a crackdown on UK-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline alleging bribery worth up to 3 billion yuan ($480 million) to Chinese doctors and officials through third parties, acting under the guise of travel agents.