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EU-Mercosur FTA: Threats and Challenges

When the European Commission announced the signing of the EU-Mercosur free trade agreement, it sounded like a done deal. However, the provisional text must be ratified by all the parliaments of adhering countries, including the European Parliament and Council.

Economics Europe

ECB: Systemic problems and future headwinds

At the next European Central Bank policy meeting in September, it is expected to gently lower interest rates to ease the burden on a stagnant Eurozone economy.

Africa Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia’s critical juncture: Ethnic tensions and liberal transition

After a failed coup in June, ethnic violence and repression are on the rise in Ethiopia.

Economics Europe

Tariffs bite in North Kosovo, but how badly?

On 21st November 2018 Kosovo imposed 100% tariffs on goods from Serbia. On 1st July 2019, businesses in the Serb-dominated north Kosovo shut their doors and protested against the policy.

China Economics

Pressure Mounting on China’s Services Sector

China’s services sector has been instrumental in maintaining its economic growth as its low quality manufacturing advantages erode. Even so, signs of mounting pressure on the sector are becoming apparent.

Africa Economics

Cameroon: A House Divided

Conflict has riddled Cameroon for the last two and a half years. Over this period, the government has continued to battle Boko Haram in the North. It has also focused on cracking down on Anglophone separatists in the West.

Economics Europe

Internet Giants and Big Firms: Geopolitical dividends on the horizon?

Political leaders have recently taken actions to curb Big Tech through tax reform, anti-competition investigations, and are considering breaking up potential monopolies.

Economics Europe

The Truth about European Champions

If the EU wants to compete globally, it must shed its emphasis on competition rules and relax its stringent merger regulations to favour the rise of European corporate champions.

Economics Europe

Italian fiscal policy: Anger in Brussels and Rome

On June 5th, the European Union began a process of opening Excessive Deficit Procedures (EDP) against Italy, which could culminate in a multi-billion Euro financial penalty.

China Economics

China-US: A Trade War of Attrition?

On 10 May, 2019, the Trump administration raised tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of imports from China. This escalation of events caught observers by surprise. The Chinese side has retaliated with tariffs on American goods.