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Asia Pacific Politics

Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament gets under way

Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament held its opening session on Monday. This significant step on Myanmar’s road to democracy will send a positive sign to investors looking for stable business

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

New Hampshire holds primary. Obama sends budget to Congress. NATO Ministers meet. Google execs appear before UK Parliament. South African President releases address. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. New Hampshire holds nation’s first primary,

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

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Does a New Parliament Signal a Shift for Egypt?

Last Sunday, Egypt’s newly-elected parliament held its first meeting since the 2012 expulsion of former President Mohammed Morsi. But the new class of legislators have little chance of serving as

Economics International

Does an India-EU Free Trade Agreement stand a chance?

Negotiations toward a major trade agreement between India and its largest trading partner, the EU, seem to be back on track. Broad structural and political reforms, however, will likely be

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

The UK heads to the polls in a hotly contested election. The US Department of Labor releases April’s unemployment figures. Canada’s largest oil producing province votes on a new government.

Europe Politics

What does Napolitano’s resignation mean for Italy?

Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano, retired from office on 14 January 2015. The question remains whether his successor will continue his strategy of active involvement in political debates. Italy’s President Giorgio

North America Politics

US corporate tax backlash keeps OECD at arm’s length

OECD efforts to develop international rules for corporate tax avoidance are necessary, if not overdue. The US, however, is playing politics, in spite of its own pressure on foreign governments

Europe Politics

Estonia-Russia border deal brings needed clarity

Estonia and Russia have signed an agreement clarifying their shared border. The two countries could see improved trade relations. On February 18th, Estonia and Russia signed a historic agreement outlining