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Will Draghi’s QE work?

The ECB finally launched a larger-than-expected QE programme last week, despite German opposition and Greek elections. President Mario Draghi hopes that it will revive the eurozone and rebut deflation. Several

Economics Europe

Struggling European economies contend with brain drain

Fuelled by debt crises, a lack of job prospects in several European countries is causing the highly educated to seek work elsewhere. This brain drain only further hamstrings struggling economies and leads to influxes of

Europe Finance

EU court and Greek elections may block QE from the ECB

As the Eurozone battles low inflation and a weak economy, consensus around quantitative easing (QE) has grown. The question is whether the ECB’s meeting on January 22nd will offer more than just

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

GRI’s Weekly Risk Outlook

Brazilian inflation is on the rise with the potential for broad economic consequences. South Korea appears headed toward more accommodative monetary policy. Greece faces a possible credit downgrade as political turmoil continues.

Europe Finance

Greece elections draw the Eurozone closer to political conflict

As Lithuania celebrates its entrance into the Eurozone, Greece contemplates its own exit for the second time. With the upcoming elections and the rise of the Syriza Party marking uncertainty

Europe Politics

Populist Podemos will shape 2015 elections in Spain

With chronic unemployment, corruption and Catalonian secessionist claims already apparent in Spain, the rise of Podemos and its brand of socialist populism adds yet another level of intrigue to Spanish

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

New U.S. consumer sentiment data to keep improving. Central Banks in Armenia and Turkey to deal with rouble and Fed policy. Second round of voting in Greek presidential elections. Tensions

Europe Politics

Greece’s snap elections increase uncertainty about EU future

It came as a shock to most, and certainly to markets, when Greek PM Antonis Samaras announced that presidential elections would take place on December 17th rather than in March

Economics International Politics The Week Ahead

Weekly Risk Outlook

US Fed to give more precise details on timing of rate change at FOMC meeting on Dec 16-17. Greece announces snap elections for Dec 17, prompting stock drop. Mercosur summit will discuss

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