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4 things the world in 2014 has in common with 1914

There are striking parallels between the world in 1914 and 2014. While we may not see another world war break out, the various challenges confronting the world today and the risks they starkly hint at should serve caution to those seeking to do business in the international arena. June 28th of this year marked the […]

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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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Ukraine crisis forces US to keep military in Europe

The United States must work with a politically divided Europe to face down Russia. The Ukrainian crisis will force the US to keep a strong presence despite the wish to scale down and focus on its shift towards Asia. The US Army’s current presence in Europe is approximately 30,000 troops, mainly the 2nd Cavalry in […]

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ECB and Germany must learn to love inflation for Eurozone to grow

Even though the Eurozone is teetering on the edge of deflation, the ECB will not lower its rates. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) message to markets in the last year has been clear: it will do anything in its power to stabilize the Eurozone. Anything, that is, except delivering on its inflation target. Eurozone inflation – […]

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Is Germany’s proposed minimum wage win-win for the Euro-zone?

Germany is about to set a statutory minimum wage as Angela Merkel gave in to the demands of the Social Democrats in an attempt to form a coalition government. Can this be an encouraging step towards restoring equilibrium in the Euro-zone? On 27th November, after a long bargaining session between Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic […]

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Will Greece have to ask for additional debt relief?

Greece’s debt-to-GDP continues to rise and is now at 175 percent. Simply put, the Euro has proven too expensive for Greece. Like Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the mountain, in a never-ending process of toil and sweat, Greece still struggles with a tremendous pile of debt. The maturities and payback times are larger now than […]

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French economic malaise spurs regional doubts

France’s dour political and economic climate puts European economic progress in doubt. Highest unemployment in 16 years and the worst Presidential polling approval in French history contribute to a worrying outlook for the eurozone. It is a frenetic time for European officials – politically, economically and diplomatically. When you think of the major issues facing Europe […]

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Op-Ed: Now is the time to address the EU’s structural problems

Southern Europe is now the target of easy criticism of its work ethic. But the region’s problems are not necessarily a consequence of bad economic management, but of wider structural issues of the European Union. An increasingly popular take on the Europe’s crisis reads like the famous tale of the Trojan horse. The EU provided […]

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PM kidnapping shows Libya in chaos

Since the fall of the Gaddafi regime, the level of instability in Libya has become increasingly tenuous. Security Sector Reform (SSR) has been grossly neglected, resulting in a hotbed of militia activity, criminality and lawlessness. An influx of readily available weaponry has heightened the danger present in Libya at every level. In a pinnacle moment, […]

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Four Years In: Reviewing Catherine Ashton’s Term

The European Union is ‘an Economic Giant, a Political Dwarf, and a Military Worm’. The first part is undeniably true, as the current EU-US negotiations remind us, but have the second two claims become less accurate? While there is definitely a long way to go, the European Union’s foreign and security policy representation led by Catherine Ashton […]

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