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Is Germany’s proposed minimum a Euro-zone win-win?

Germany is about to set a statutory minimum wage as Angela Merkel gave in to the demands of the Social Democrats in an attempt to form a coalition government. Can

Economics Europe

Belarus blames Russia for economic woes in trade war

A trade dispute between Russia and Belarus over potash threatens the stability of the Eurasian Customs Union and demonstrates once again how dependent Belarus is on its larger neighbour. Vladislav

Economics Europe

Will Greece have to ask for additional debt relief?

Greece’s debt-to-GDP continues to rise and is now at 175 percent. Simply put, the Euro has proven too expensive for Greece. Like Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the mountain, in

Economics Europe

Ukraine balances energy needs and European aspirations

Events over the past fortnight have demonstrated that Ukraine is still a point of competition for the EU and Russia. Should Ukraine manage to resist Russia’s pressure, its energy policy

Economics Europe

Slovenia quiet for the moment, but bailout still looms

The Slovenian government won the confidence vote in Parliament, and the successful placing of a €1.5 billion bond issue, granting the Alpine state its moment of relief. However, the potential

Economics Europe

UK economy is finally recovering, says Bank of England

The Bank of England’s upbeat assessment of the state of economic recovery in the UK is the flavor of the month. GRI gives you the main points from the latest

Europe Politics

Anti-corruption protests continue in Bulgaria

For the past six months, tens of thousands of Bulgarians have taken to the streets of Sofia to call for a radical fight against corruption, organised crime and local oligarchy.

Europe Natural resources and energy

Cutting green taxes won’t fix the UK’s energy cost problems

Some of the UK’s green taxes are likely to be cut soon, but renewable energy may be the surprising beneficiary of the move. After two months of formulating a response

Economics Europe

Can Finland control its national debt?

Finland’s debt-to-GDP ratio has risen while growth has remained sluggish, leaving Finland’s government with some important choices ahead. So far, the government has taken concrete steps in the right direction,

Economics Europe

Czech Republic joins currency debasement race

Markets flooded with koruna as the Czech central bank pursues ambitious inflationary target. When faced with the issue of no-growth, sometimes even deflation, what do you do as a responsible