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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, reflected in the lack of consensus over Juncker’s nomination, determine the prospects for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)? As the debate over the […]

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5 events to watch before Moldova’s 2014 elections

Moldova’s upcoming elections in November present short-term and long-term political risks. Here are five specific events to watch in the coming months. 1. Short-term support for the European Union The situation in Moldova has been one of overwhelming support for accession to the European Union in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. The ruling Liberal Democratic coalition has […]

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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 the European Union agreed in 2004 to elevate their ties to the status of a strategic partnership that promised mutual cooperation on a range of issues. […]

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Aleksandar_Vucic_in_Pentagon; Source: Leon E. Panetta via Wikipedia

Despite setbacks, Serbia sees increased entrepreneurship

As Serbia recovers from devastating floods in May, Belgrade has a flourishing network of young entrepreneurs taking hold. This could provide many lucrative opportunities as the country prepares to join the EU. The images of devastation in the northwest town of Obrenovac show the scale of Serbia’s historic natural disaster.  The new government of Prime Minister Aleksandar […]

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EU seal case adds new protectionism to WTO

The WTO’s public morality exemption has seldom been employed. However, a recent successful challenge has changed that and may herald a litany of trade restrictions in the near future. Goods, services, intellectual property, technical standards, trade-related investment measures and food safety are just some of the sectors covered by the World Trade Organization (WTO). Observers […]

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US Decline Series: Financial sector health makes US a sound investment

The US regulatory response to the crisis has resulted in a stronger market and equipped the US to deal with future crises. This GRI series challenges the myth of the American decline. Despite being half a decade removed from the global financial crisis, concerns remain about the health of financial systems in advanced countries. A closer […]

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Austria-Russia energy deal exposes EU disunity over Ukraine

A recent gas deal between Austrian energy company OMV and Russian gas exporter Gazprom exposes fractures within the European Union bloc over responses to the Ukraine crisis and threatens the stability of the EU policy-making. When it comes to natural gas diplomacy, member states of the EU have always found it difficult to unite under […]

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California cap-and-trade takes carbon market to new heights

While far from perfect, cap-and-trade emissions trading looks to be the future of combating climate change. California, a new entrant to the scene, is already making a big splash in carbon trading. California is hardly the jurisdiction that comes to mind when one thinks of effective political leadership. Most would probably label Sacramento as a […]

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Botanica District in Chişinău, Moldova; Source: Kalatorul via Wikipedia

Transnistria is another fracture in Ukraine crisis

As the European Union and United States negotiate with Russia over the situation in Ukraine, another disputed territory is attracting international attention. With the tension escalating in eastern Ukraine and Moldova ready to join the EU, Transnistria may become a second front for Russia and Ukraine’s geopolitical crisis. Present Crisis The commander of NATO forces in […]

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IMF pushes for Ukraine reforms as part of aid package

In response to the recent turmoil in Ukraine, the IMF is working to extend financial assistance but will likely ask for reforms in the public, business and energy sectors. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) dispatched a “fact finding” mission to Ukraine the first week of March to consult on a financial program to support the […]

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