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Asia Won’t Be Spared from the Brexit Waves

June 23, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Dan Steinbock, Europe, GLOBAL ECONOMY, International RelationsComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Amid secular stagnation, Europe’s challenges have increased dramatically in the past few years, while new risks – particularly Brexit – have potential to trigger negative chain reactions, says Dan Steinbock.   Since the European sovereign debt crisis in 2010, Brussels has avoided hard political choices. After weeks of travels

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Rejuvenating the European Economy: The Role of Islamic Finance

May 26, 2016 • Banking Innovation, Editor’s Choice, Europe, FINANCE & BANKING, Governance & Regulation, Responsible Finance, SPECIAL FEATURESComments (0)

By Sohail Jaffer Commenting on the sharp decline in European banks’ share prices in the early weeks of 2016, which it described as a “concern”, the IMF advised that “a robust banking sector is required to support investment and economic recovery.”


The Convenient Choice: Investing in Solutions for a Better Future

May 23, 2016 • Capitalism in the 21st Century, Europe, FINANCE & BANKING, GLOBAL ECONOMY, Responsible Finance, Special Report: The Future is GreenComments (1)

Sasja Beslik is Head of Responsible Investments at Nordea Assets Management, one of the leading asset managers in Europe when it comes to developing the concept of Responsible Investments. In this interview with The World Financial Review, Beslik expounds on


The End of Europe (As We Know It?)

March 25, 2016 • Columns, Dan Steinbock, Europe, GLOBAL ECONOMYComments (1)

By Dr. Dan Steinbock As the Eurozone is amid secular stagnation, its old fiscal, monetary and banking challenges are escalating, along with new threats, including the Brexit, demise of Schengen, anti-EU opposition and geopolitical friction. According to Dan

Ancient Amazons

Ancient Amazons: Warrior Women in Myth and History

March 25, 2016 • Asia - Pacific, CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Europe, In-depth, World DevelopmentComments (3)

By Adrienne Mayor In Greek myth, Amazons were fierce women of exotic lands who gloried in hunting and war. The greatest Greek heroes, Heracles and Achilles, proved their valor by killing Amazon queens. But were Amazons mere fantasy? Thanks to archaeology, we

Paris Climate Summit

Paris Climate Summit: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

March 25, 2016 • Climate Change & Society, EMERGING TRENDS, Europe, In-depth, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Steve Breyman In the aftermath of the December 2015 Paris climate summit, it’s worth reviewing the final agreement. The text serves as a Rorschach Test: there are wildly varying takes on its contours. Professor Steve Breyman provides his view of the

Luxury Taxation

Luxury Taxation, Good for Economic Development?

March 25, 2016 • CULTURE & LIFESTYLE, Europe, FINANCE & BANKING, Global Capital Markets, Governance & Regulation, Personal FinanceComments (1)

By Patrick Imam Developing countries are struggling to mobilise resources to finance social and infrastructural development. The author argues that one avenue is to tax luxury goods more heavily, which could simultaneously tackle inequality and spur


The Responsibility to Participate: The Problem of Global Engagement in Responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

February 4, 2016 • Americas, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Editor’s Choice, Europe, In-depth, International Law, International Relations, SPECIAL FEATURES, World DevelopmentComments (0)

By Charles H. Camp and Theresa Bowman Despite the unanimous agreement of United Nations member states to commit as an international community to global humanitarian relief, many countries are reflecting the discomfort their electorates have with offering


Refugees and Refugee Crises: Some Historical Reflections

December 1, 2015 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Editor’s Choice, Europe, GLOBAL ECONOMY, In-depth, International Relations, Middle East & Africa, World Development, World PoliticsComments (0)

By Peter Gatrell The current Syrian refugee crisis provides an opportunity to look beyond the headlines and to locate it in a broader historical context. Peter Gatrell explores in this article the history of Syria as a refugee-hosting state, the historical


Germany: Epicentre of the EU Migration Crisis

December 1, 2015 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Europe, GLOBAL ECONOMY, Middle East & Africa, World Development, World PoliticsComments (0)

By Asli Ilgit and Audie Klotz The Syrian refugee crisis has highlighted serious on-going tensions over migration between EU members and neighbouring states, as well as among EU members. Germany has been at the forefront in developing responses to recent