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Economics Europe

Four risks associated with Lithuania’s euro adoption

Lithuania is on track to become the 19th member of the eurozone, given that the country has finally met all convergence criteria. Yet the intense desire for further integration in

Economics Middle East/North Africa

Gulf carriers gain power over European and US airlines

Gulf carriers have taken the world travel market by storm, adding new destinations and buying up stakes in foreign competitors. Their rapid expansion poses a unique threat to European and

Economics Europe

Ukrainian economy hit hard by the crisis

The Ukrainian economy suffers under the political and military crisis, as does the Russian. Yet, President Poroshenko’s moves toward greater integration with the EU may let the country bounce back

Europe Politics

Juncker, seen as pro-free trade, could revive TTIP

Jean-Claude Juncker has said he intends to support a free trade agreement with the U.S. and maybe renegotiate UK membership in the European Union. But will contradictory positions on EU governance,

International Politics

Moldova Elections 2014: 5 Things to Watch

Moldova’s upcoming elections in November present short-term and long-term political risks. Here are five specific events to watch in the coming months. 1. Short-term support for the European Union The situation in Moldova

Economics Europe

Despite setbacks, Serbia sees increased entrepreneurship

As Serbia recovers from devastating floods in May, Belgrade has a flourishing network of young entrepreneurs taking hold. This could provide many lucrative opportunities as the country prepares to join the

Europe Politics

Presidential elections bring Ukraine closer to the West

The success of the presidential elections and the clean victory of the pro-European candidate Petro Poroshenko will bring Ukraine closer to the West, but the conflict with Russia is likely

Economics International

EU seal case adds new protectionism to WTO

The WTO’s public morality exemption has seldom been employed. However, a recent successful challenge has changed that and may herald a litany of trade restrictions in the near future. Goods,

International Natural resources and energy

Sino-Russian natural gas deal transforms global energy markets

The Sino-Russian energy deal will have profound economic consequences for global energy markets and will have an impact on relations between Russia and the West. On 21 May, Russia and

Economics International

Resurgence of MFN clauses in contracts and treaties

Most favored nation clauses have been around for centuries. Perhaps because of their increasing popularity, however, governments and the public are starting to question how well they work.  What do