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Europe Politics

Labeled a model for the EU, Ireland goes to the polls

The next Irish general election will probably see the current leader re-elected. But the potential for intense coalition negotiations is here and Ireland is set to move slightly away from

Asia Pacific Finance

Interest rates dip below zero for first time in Japan

The concept of negative rates that originated in Europe has now spread east. Just as customers of commercial banks earn interest on funds deposited with these banks, commercial banks normally

Europe Politics

Italy’s risky outlook for 2016

The gap is widening between Rome and Brussels. The reasons are both diverging interests and increasing domestic pressure on the government. But how far will this fight go in 2016?

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

ECB speech after signals of new stimulus. Iranian President travels to Europe. Bank of England officials testify. Conferences highlight oil price collapse. Bank of Japan surprise with policy shift. All in the Weekly Risk

Economics Europe

Greece faces new unrest over pension reforms

As part of its third bail-out package in summer 2015, the Greek government agreed to reduce its large – and growing – burden of state pensions. The proposed reforms, however,

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

Davos hosts World Economic Forum. Polish and EU leaders meet after EU starts investigation. China releases GDP figures. Brazil ponders raising interest rates. ECB makes first interest rate decision of

Europe Natural resources and energy

The state of the European Energy Union

European Commission plan to make Europe’s energy market more integrated and less dependent on Russia will be stuck in intense negotiations in the next few years. Diverging interests between member

International Politics

Weekly Risk Outlook

COP21 begins in Paris. ECB sets interest rates. IMF discusses adding Yuan to SDR. Brazil releases poor Q3 growth figures. LNG summit in Italy explores potential. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. Global Climate

Europe Finance

The latest signals from the European Central Bank

By reevaluating the current bond purchase program and refusing to rule out a rate cut, the European Central Bank opened a new set of opportunities for investors. The action also

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

IMF to forecast weakened growth. Eurozone ministers review Greek bailout progress. Turkish president discusses refugees. Moody’s stages conference in Brazil. U.S. House elects next Speaker following Boehner’s resignation. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. IMF Releases Economic Forecast,