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North America Politics

Trump’s burn book: NAFTA negotiations will only extend Chinese influence in the Americas

Trump once labelled NAFTA, “the worst trade deal maybe ever signed anywhere”. This month, he unveiled the NAFTA negotiating agenda, providing a template for trade negotiations yet to occur with other countries – such as China, Germany, and Japan. With an emphasis on tackling tax systems and removing barriers to the US agriculture and manufacturing industries, Asian negotiators will be watching closely.

Economics International

Universal basic income: Can it work?

The fear of rising unemployment has many economists and policymakers worried how a displaced labor force will survive on income alone.

North America

Reactions of American automotive OEMs threaten US trade deficit and jobs

The hottest of issues on the (negotiation) table when it comes to NAFTA is automotive, the largest source of trade deficit for the US.

Europe Politics

Wallonia’s “no” to CETA is a warning against scattered regionalism

CETA is an example of the dangers the EU faces in remodelling its processes and making them more inclusive in order to better connect with citizens.

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Venezuela teeters towards constitutional crisis following election delays and calls for impeachment. Strong U.S. growth data may buoy Democrats heading into final election stretch. EU growth may expand as trade hurtles are

International Politics The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Aung San Suu Kyi conducts peace talks. U.S political incumbents have the edge. Canada releases 2nd quarter GDP figures. Central Bank of Brazil eyes status quo. Japan, South Korea and Russia discuss relations.

Economics North America

Despite new tax, China’s interest in Canada remains strong

Despite a new 15% tax on foreign property buyers in Vancouver, Canada will continue to attract Chinese investment, especially in agribusiness and tourism.

Politics Technology and infrastructure

Space weather: Is your business prepared?

Space weather may sound like a far-fetched business risk, but is in fact inevitable. Without preparation, severe global economic damages could follow.

Economics North America

Canada to trial guaranteed minimum income

Canada is seeing increased public and government support for a guaranteed minimum income; with a pilot-project set for 2017.

North America Politics

Canada’s refugee processing outpaced by public demand

Canada is seeking to fast track refugee processing, as it faces a backlog of more than 10,000 private sponsorship offers as public support outpaces the government’s resettlement efforts. Canada to