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Over the past few weeks, we have seen how two of the pillars of the world economy, Europe and China, have entered a phase of uncertainty about their future. The worries relating to the Chinese stock markets drop have been intersecting with those linked to Greek crisis in the global news. In fact, the dra(h)matic… » read more

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The Munich Security Conference’s theme for 2015 was the question “Collapsing Order, Reluctant Guardians?”. On this background, the main topic discussed during the event was Ukraine. A few days later after the conference ended, on Feb. 12, negotiations on Ukraine conflict completed in what the media calls the Minsk Agreement 2.0, giving a feeling of… » read more

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Russia: Uncertain Consequences

In the morning of Dec. 16, the ruble was supposed to rally. Instead, it collapsed. The ruble fell as the current account was improving, something that shows the collapse has had little to do with speculators, but has had everything to do with capital outflows, a signal that domestic investors and depositors have lost credibility… » read more

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As the summer ends in Europe, we’re still seeing new crises unfolding, with an interesting winter coming up. Ukraine will remain a constant preoccupation of the Europeans. Gaza, Iraq and Syria are also still in the news. And there are other global developments Brussels and the EU member states must consider in the upcoming weeks.… » read more

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The German paper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported July 9 that the German criminal police have searched the Berlin apartment of a second man thought to be spying for the CIA. The first such case under investigation was reported in local German media on July 2 and got to the international (English) media on July 4. On… » read more

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The reactions of countries in Central and Eastern Europe to the potential consequences of the Ukraine crisis are restrained by the relationships between more powerful entities – namely, by the dynamics of EU-Russia, NATO-Russia and U.S.-Russia relations. The EU cannot afford to implement meaningful sanctions after Russia’s intervention in Crimea. In the Common Declaration of… » read more

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Besides the Ukraine crisis, there are several few other important events that should be discussed in Europe these days. Here’s my list at the end of this week. Italian banks: Two major Italian banks, UniCredit and Monte dei Paschi di Siena, announced significant losses during the final quarter of 2013. It’s important to look into… » read more

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