The Euro Economy

One thing looks certain: 2017 will be an unpredictable year for farmers across Europe. This will come as yet another blow to farmers who have already faced a raft of crises over the past few years. In 2014, Russia’s food-import ban slashed access to an important export market for numerous European producers. Dairy farmers have… » read more

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With the go-ahead from the House of Commons and Article 50 invocation in sight, Theresa May is in full Brexit-hawking mode. In her second major trip abroad to advertise the post-EU UK, Britain’s Prime Minister embarked on a high-profile visit to Bahrain this week to address Gulf leaders and discuss security cooperation but also, critically,… » read more

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In a bid to shore up Greece’s anti-austerity position, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosted the leaders of France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Malta and Cyprus to Athens over the weekend to devise a growth oriented economic policy for the upcoming EU summit in Bratislava. Tsipras is hoping to count on the support of these countries when… » read more

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  Having been in power for less than a month, Britain’s new Prime Minister is already making an impact. To the surprise of many, Theresa May has decided to delay work on the £18bn Hinkley Point nuclear power station, much to the chagrin of Chinese and French partners on the project. The impetus for halting… » read more

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SolarPower Europe last week presented a letter calling for an end to anti-dumping duties on Chinese-made solar panels and cells to the European Commission (EC). The letter, signed by 34 European solar and renewable energy organisations, stated that the EU solar panel industry derives no advantage from the trade measures, noting that they have contributed… » read more

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Back in December, former USAID project officer Josh Cohen described the scale of corruption in Ukraine so breathtaking that “a Nigerian prince would be embarrassed.” Since then, the Nigerians actually were embarrassed, this time by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s who quipped that the country was “fantastically corrupt” prior to the May 12 Anti-Corruption Summit… » read more

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    The world again turns its eyes toward Paris and the renewed resolve of many of the diplomats and delegates attending the COP21. The United Nations Climate Change Conference is set to go, despite the pall of the November 13 Paris attacks and subsequent mushrooming of terrorist threats across the EU. However, that sadness… » read more

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Switzerland has always been a little aloof from its neighbours. It never joined the EU for example. However, it seems to benefit from its multiple, bilateral EU agreements whilst not suffering from the costs and potential downfalls of EU membership. Whilst it’s near neighbours France and Italy are battling recessionary and high unemployment problems and… » read more

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