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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 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

Europe Natural resources and energy

Europe moves to reduce energy dependency on Russia

The Ukrainian crisis and sour relations with Russia highlight the need to address the EU’s energy security issues. The recent EU Ypres summit decision might be an important step in

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 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

Economics Europe

Businesses absorb cost of rising corruption in the EU

Why make a risky investment in Europe, when you can take a similar risk with the prospect of higher returns in the developing world? With corruption levels rising, this is

Europe Finance

Slovenia avoids bailout, but long way to recovery remains

The results of the bank stress test released on 12th December have confirmed that the cost of recapitalization for debt-ridden Slovenian banks is higher than originally expected, but the country

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

Europe Natural resources and energy

Baltic dependence on Russian gas about to end

At the moment, European energy markets are heavily dependent on Russian supplies. This is especially true of the countries with direct land borders to the big bear, including Finland and

Europe Security

Four Years In: Reviewing Catherine Ashton’s Term

The European Union is ‘an Economic Giant, a Political Dwarf, and a Military Worm’. The first part is undeniably true, as the current EU-US negotiations remind us, but have the second two