New Vietnamese Casino Law May Offer New Opportunities for Local Vietnamese and Foreign Investors, But Will Vietnam Miss Out on the Jackpot?

New Vietnamese Casino Law May Offer New Opportunities for Local Vietnamese and Foreign Investors, But Will Vietnam Miss Out on the Jackpot?

By Jeff Caviston.

Vietnam, a country that has become a welcoming place for foreign investors, recently promulgated new laws that may lead to an influx of investment by casino businesses. However, uncertainty remains because the reforms are tentatively temporary, investors have been let down by the Vietnamese government in the past, and other opportunities to gamble exist nearby.

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Centuries After Vlad Dracula, Corruption Continues to Suck Romania Dry

Centuries After Vlad Dracula, Corruption Continues to Suck Romania Dry

By Calla Ketchens.

Corruption was so prevalent in Romania that when it joined the European Union in 2007, along with Bulgaria, the European Commission established the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) specifically for these two countries in order to assess Romania’s progress in fighting corrupt practices. Romania has made progress in its fight against corruption, but, if the recent protests in Romania are any indication, Romania still has a long way to go before the CVM reaches its expiration date of 2019.

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