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Europe Security

Brussels approves France’s revised, post-attack deficit

What are the impacts of France’s security pact announced in the wake of the Paris attacks? Does it mark a readjustment between political imperatives and EU budgetary discipline? France to

Europe Politics

Ciudadanos will play decisive role in Spanish elections

Upcoming elections in Spain bring two new parties, Ciudadanos and Podemos, into play. Spain will hold a general election on 20 December. Significant support for new parties are a threat to incumbent

Europe Politics

Kosovo hampers Serbia’s progress towards the EU

After years in the political wilderness Serbia has started to make incremental progress towards becoming a full member of the EU. The events in Kosovo this month, sparking angry exchanges

Europe Finance

Will EU budget rule-breaking become a norm?

This month the European Commission published its assessments of the draft budgetary plans of Eurozone member states for the year 2016. They have already prompted rebukes from EU member states

International Politics

Weekly Risk Outlook

COP21 begins in Paris. ECB sets interest rates. IMF discusses adding Yuan to SDR. Brazil releases poor Q3 growth figures. LNG summit in Italy explores potential. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. Global Climate

Economics Europe

EU fiscal policy reflects broader tensions

The Eurogroup President’s proposal for an independent fiscal committee will not water down tensions between member states over fiscal policy.  Over the past 6 years, Europe has been dealing with

Europe Finance

No reset in sight for EU-US financial services cooperation

Last month a US government delegation once again made its way to Brussels for the semiannual shouting match with the European Commission over transatlantic financial sector regulation: the Financial Markets

Europe Finance

The latest signals from the European Central Bank

By reevaluating the current bond purchase program and refusing to rule out a rate cut, the European Central Bank opened a new set of opportunities for investors. The action also

Economics Europe

Collateral damage: How QE is harming Europe’s pensions and growth

The ECB’s Quantitative Easing (QE) is aimed at restoring growth and inflation in the Eurozone. However, the collateral damage the QE is causing to pension funds and insurers risks harming demand

International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

IMF to forecast weakened growth. Eurozone ministers review Greek bailout progress. Turkish president discusses refugees. Moody’s stages conference in Brazil. U.S. House elects next Speaker following Boehner’s resignation. All in the Weekly Risk Outlook. IMF Releases Economic Forecast,