The Prime Minister of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nechirvan Barzani, held talks with representatives from the G7 countries, the EU and the World Bank in Erbil on 7 March, during which he requested financial assistance. Low oil prices are hitting the KRG hard with public sector salaries slashed last month (MEES, 5 February). But the ongoing outage of the region’s crude oil export pipeline to Turkey has further exacerbated the situation and oil revenues more than...