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Scottish referendum: ‘Keep calm and carry on’

The Scottish referendum for independence on September 18th has led Westminster to promise greater decision-making power to Scotland if they vote no. Scottish independence could set a precedent for other separatist

Economics Europe

Mixed prospects loom for Ireland’s economy

Ireland was the EU and IMF’s poster boy during the Euro crisis bailouts, but five years on, the Emerald Isle has not been rewarded for good economic behavior. When I moved to

Economics Europe

Self-imposed food embargo hurts Russian consumers

The ban on European and American food imports to Russia may not be as beneficial for Russian companies as President Putin hopes. Many of them are dependent on imports of raw materials, and

Economics Europe

Norwegian economy sees surprise growth

The Norwegian GDP recently posted surprisingly strong growth in the second quarter, defying the recurrent warnings of an imminent economic downturn. The Norwegian economy grew faster than analysts had predicted

Economics International

Russian sanctions create unexpected winners

No losers without a winner. Producers across several countries rush to fill the gaps caused by Russia’s sanctions against Western food products.  The tit-for-tat exchange of sanctions between Western powers and

Europe Security

Can the EU create a common defence policy?

Although countries have framed the debate about arms exports to Russia and Iraq in largely economic or national terms, defence policy also plays an important part in these debates, especially

Economics International

5 ways inflation is defining the 2014 economy

Inflation, or lack thereof, is an important global economic indicator. Whether it is Sweden or Brazil, central bankers or policymakers, here’s a look at why inflation is so influential. 1. Europe, Japan,

Economics Europe

Four ways sanctions on Russia may be intensified

In the aftermath of the recent MH17 crash, it is all but certain that international pressure on Russia will be ramped up. Here are four ways it might happen. The

Europe Natural resources and energy

New round of sanctions likely to affect Russia’s energy projects

Russia’s continued support for Ukrainian separatists and the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine are likely to escalate the conflict. It will only prop up Western determination to

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