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Economics Europe

EU Commission faces a TTIP obstacle course

The 6th round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – an ambitious free trade deal between the EU and US – were held in Brussels last

Economics International

EU-India trade agreement stalled by EU politics

The EU and India have negotiated an ambitious free trade agreement since 2007. Yet, an early conclusion of the agreement is highly unlikely as Brussels is in crisis mode.  India and

International Politics

Why Russia is not concerned about the G7

Russia was excluded from this year’s G7 summit due to its threatening behavior in Ukraine. However, this may not be the breakdown in international relations many fear and is probably

Economics Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa GDP held back by poor infrastructure

Development of infrastructure is one of the top political priorities in Africa, to enable economic growth and competitiveness. Without adequate infrastructure endowment, Africa risks sacrificing about 2% of GDP growth

International Natural resources and energy

EU takes steps toward energy independence from Russia

With recent events in Ukraine strongly affecting security relations between the West and Russia, both Brussels and Moscow are increasing efforts to reduce their mutual energy-financial dependency. European energy dependency

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Turkey attempts to curtail judicial independence

Judicial reforms proposed in Turkey, though shelved for the moment, call into question Erdogan’s ability to emerge from the current political crisis with an intact democracy and rule of law.

Economics Europe

France’s economic malaise spurs regional doubts

France’s dour political and economic climate puts European economic progress in doubt. Highest unemployment in 16 years and the worst Presidential polling approval in French history contribute to a worrying outlook