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Europe Natural resources and energy

Energy Transition in the European Union: Great Challenges and Opportunities

Transition towards low carbon energy systems remains to be a challenge for the European Union. Europe is faced with economic, social and environmental costs of having fragmented national energy markets despite the ambitious “European Green Deal” agenda of Von der Leyen’s Commission, which positions the EU as a leader in global climate action through comprehensive decarbonization policies. A net reduction target of minimum 55% from the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions was  agreed on Wednesday 21st of April by European co-legislators under the framework for European Climate Law. Nonetheless, curbing GHG emissions necessitates regional concerted action for transition from fossil fuel economies to renewable energy based systems in order to face the transboundary effects of climate change. 

Finance International

What bubbles, eventually bursts: are 2020’s tech IPOs the path to the first post-pandemic crisis?

2020 was a “bust-and-boom pandemic year” for financial markets. In fact, December was the hottest month when it came to what big investors are really putting money into: tech IPOs. With buyers pouring their money into ever-riskier bets, is the IPO bubble set to burst?

China India

China warns India over potential Huawei ban

China has threatened to punish Indian companies operating on the mainland. It will take such action if the Indian Government moves to ban Huawei Technologies from selling 5G telecom equipment

Asia Pacific Finance

The impact of Chinese investments in Malaysia

For countries like Malaysia, chinese investments in infrastructure offer clear benefits but also come with costs, both economic and strategic.

Latin America Natural resources and energy

Paraguay’s agricultural sector: how much is at risk?

Despite the political and economical instability facing South America, the small nation of Paraguay is experiencing growth.

Economics Middle East/North Africa Under The Radar

Under the Radar: What’s behind China’s love affair with Morocco?

From trade to tourism, Morocco is quickly becoming a media darling in China, as the country’s stability, location and culture entice Chinese investment.

Economics International

Five reasons why sustainability improves the bottom line

Viewing sustainability as a plugin is a recipe for disaster, as sustainability has become a core requirement in all aspects of business planning.

Natural resources and energy South and Central Asia

Is it too late for a Colombian oil boom?

The hoped-for Colombian oil boom may ultimately prove nonexistent due to a variety of endemic problems, including low oil reserves.

Asia Pacific Economics Under The Radar

Under the Radar: How Myanmar created a telco boom

In only three years Myanmar’s telco sector has become the largest driver of FDI in the country, with international companies scrambling to enter the market.

Asia Pacific

2017 Preview: A new red star over China – Part 1: China at home

This is the first of a two-part analysis on what is in store for China in 2017. It explores China’s catch-22 — the fact that it is further integrating itself internationally and becoming a ‘responsible stakeholder’, while concomitantly showing signs of turning inwards and becoming isolationist.