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Europe Technology and infrastructure

Tensions rise between US and EU tech companies

Amid a recent resolution by the European Parliament to break up Google, tensions continue to rise between Europe and American tech companies. What does this mean for Google, tech and

Economics Europe North America

Headwinds for the US and UK economies

Economies in the UK and US are bright spots in the developed world, but not quite bright enough to instill confidence. If there has been one trend across the developed

Europe Politics

Is Luxembourg’s tax haven status in jeopardy?

Former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker’s election as president of the EU Commission could threaten Luxembourg’s long-held status as a European tax haven. Last Tuesday, the European Commission announced in its

Economics Europe

Can TTIP survive politics in Germany and UK?

Both Germany and the United Kingdom have a crucial role to play in the future of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal. When José Manuel Barroso and Herman van

Europe Politics

Scotland’s ‘no’ answers one question but raises others

Scotland voted to stay in the UK, but there is still debate over how devolution will play out. In the early hours of September 18th, many were relieved as Scotland voted to

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

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,

Asia Pacific Technology and infrastructure

China plans multi-continent high-speed railway

China has announced plans to build a network of high-speed rail lines across several continents. Pollution, cost and safety concerns could be major obstacles to implementing the plan. In China’s latest

Europe Finance

Without the pound, independent Scotland has more questions to answer

In ruling out the possibility of a shared Pound, the UK Parliament created a great deal of uncertainty for how financial markets will operate in an independent Scotland. It is

Europe Technology and infrastructure

UK’s High Speed Rail 2 unlikely to boost growth by itself

It has not been a good month for High Speed Rail 2 (HS-2). The proposed upgrade to transport infrastructure that would connect London to Birmingham with a high-speed line running