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Venezuela’s Business Environment: Inefficiencies, Distortions, and Risks

Venezuela is constantly over the news given its unprecedented economic collapse. Yet, numerous people still think that the country’s economic hardships were caused by external factors, such as declining oil prices or financial sanctions from the international community. When in reality, the Venezuelan collapse is the direct consequence of the country’s inefficient, distorted, and hostile business environment.

OPEN LETTER on Diplomatic Watch activities during Presidential Elections 2020 in Belarus

We the undersigned, European accredited diplomats who participated in diplomatic watch activities during early voting 4-8 August and on Election Day of 9 August in Belarus, would like to:

- commend all those independent observers we have met during our work, mostly outside the polling stations;

- thank explicitly those members of the electoral commissions who welcomed us wholeheartedly and were open for a constructive cooperation;

- applaud those heads of polling station who assured a fair counting of the votes;