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Assessing the 42nd G7 Summit

The 42nd G7 Summit has concluded. What are the key takeaways for investors?

Europe Security

NATO steps up pressure along Russia borders

NATO recent exercises in Moldova and Georgia are part of a wider strategy aimed at increasing military pressure on Moscow in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria’s economy is crumbling under the burden of corruption and low oil prices

Low oil prices and rampant corruption severely affect Nigeria’s economy and threaten to disturb a fragile balance between the country’s ethnic and religious communities.

Europe Politics Power Brokers

Manuel Valls and the Gordian Knot of economic reform in France

Manuel Valls is not a typical French socialist politician. He is a tough-talking security hawk forcing through liberal reforms, and he “loves business”.

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

U.S. economic data shows signs of improvement. Brazil GDP figures shed light on economy. OECD releases global economic report. Foreign ministers talk Israel-Palestine. Shangri-La Dialogue likely to discuss South China Sea dispute.

Economics Europe

ECB expansionary monetary policy at odds with Berlin

When Draghi began his tenure in 2011, Berlin was supportive in light of their informal influence over ECB. This relationship has since deteriorated sharply.

Europe Politics

Just what exactly is ‘illiberal democracy’?

How can illiberal democracy exist in the EU? Is democracy still relevant in Europe, or is Central European pioneering a new model?

Politics Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Kenya: What IEBC violence means for investors

The violence accompanying opposition-led protests against Kenya’s electoral commission may undermine the country’s economic prospects and damage its already-shaky business environment.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The wider ramifications of the EgyptAir crash

The crash of EgyptAir flight 804 underscores the elevated risks faced by the Egyptian tourist sector. It also highlights the heightened security concerns over potential terrorist attacks in European airports.

Europe Security

Nagorno-Karabakh: New threats, old solutions

Azerbaijani authorities may try to exploit the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to improve the country’s domestic and international situation.