The Euro Economy

Anti-austerity protests (c) cosmo_71 via Flickr As the second round of EU-Ecuador trade negotiations wrapped up on a positive note in March, Ecuador expects to have the bilateral trade agreement finally signed by mid-2014. But can the EU take more from Ecuador than just bananas and shrimp? Witnessing the damaging effects of European austerity on… » read more

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  Ukraine just can’t seem to catch a break these days. With the annexation of Crimea by it’s self-proclaimed motherland and a potential military conflict looming on the horizon, the government appears wholly unequipped to deal with the economic calamity that now faces Kiev. All heads have turned towards the IMF as it comes to… » read more

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Ecuador: Bananas over trade

International trade talks are usually so jargon-filled that it can make your head spin and very few can actually make sense over what this gobbledygook entails for a country’s economy. It’s therefore easy to get lost in translation when you read about TRIPs and TRIMs during TPP and TTIP negotiations. And when ordinary people don’t… » read more

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Voters from across the European Union will elect 751 deputies to the European Parliament in May. Proportional representation and voter apathy have long made European elections a prime target for fringe parties, but current polling numbers suggest that this year’s election may mark a watershed moment. France’s Front National (FN) could win a plurality of… » read more

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A united Germany has become the economic powerhouse of Europe, but over two decades since reunification (23 year ago yesterday since the signing of the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany), Eastern Germany still lags behind the West in many respects. Despite billions of Euros being directly pumped into the region through… » read more

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While Ukraine’s European fate may be dominating the headlines as tens of thousands of pro-European demonstrators flood Kiev’s public spaces, a deeper source of tension looms beneath the surface, largely outside the eye of the non-financial media. At the heart of the tensions are accusations by the EU’s competition authorities that Gazprom has abused its… » read more

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The Nations In Between

Ex-USSR states are still getting caught between Brussels and the Kremlin. Twenty years on from the breaking up of the Soviet Union, political and economic pressures are forcing ex-bloc members to decide: return to their old superpower master Russia, or turn to the west and democratise for a future in the EU. It’s a process… » read more

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Conservative politicians are bringing the UK into disrepute with an attitude towards the EU’s human rights law which could spell a “political disaster.” This was the opinion expressed by the EU’s most senior judge, Dean Spielmann, who has spoken out against Tory threats to leave the European convention. Certain senior Conservative MPs, including home secretary… » read more

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Britain is greedy for some industry, while Germany is afraid of losing its competitive advantage; Europe is on the verge of plunging blindly into hydraulic fracturing, the shining solution which could let us down completely. European Energy Commissioner, Günther Oettinger, has recently told German press that the EU energy department will be looking into shale… » read more

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