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  • Poland and the Future of Europe

    On July 4, 2018, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki presented Poland’s view on the future of Europe at the Plenary of the European Parliament. July 4 is not only the anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence but also the aphelion, the day in the year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun; and…

  • Foreign investment gets political

    Across the Western world, politicians are getting nervous about the future place of their countries in the global economy. In 2014, the EU and the US economies combined accounted for 46% of global GDP, down from 60% in 2004[1]. Over the same period, China saw its share rise from 5% to 13%. In this context,…

  • Brexit Bowl – views from Brussels, London and Berlin

    When it comes to Brexit, clarity and certainty for business is a distant prospect. The reading of the tea leaves had been clear for weeks. October was not going to be the moment when Brexit talks would progress to their next stage. Last week’s Brussels European Council – the regular summit of EU leaders –…

  • Brexit Bowl – A View From South East Asia

    We are back after the summer break. The holidays might be over but the Brexit negotiations continue. This week we have seen the fourth round and evidence of some progress. Elsewhere a German election and lots of political posturing and airy talk – whether in Florence, Brussels or Paris – continue to fuel speculation about…

  • Catalonia: Out of Business?

    Catalonia is located at the North-Eastern extremity of Spain bordering with France. The region is similar in size to Belgium,  boasts a population of 7.5 million and amounts to 19% of the country’s GDP. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and seventh-most populous urban area in the European…

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