Angela Merkel: Leader of the Free World

Playing nice gets results. Just ask Angela Merkel who became the undisputed leader of the free world after the US elevated a rather rude businessman to the presidency. Mrs Merkel’s phone manners are also much more effective. Instead of hanging

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Nouriel Roubini: The Global Recovery’s Downside Risks

For the past two years, the global economy has been growing, but it has swung between periods of rapid expansion and deceleration. During this period, two episodes in particular, caused US and global equity prices to fall by about 10%.

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IFC: Energy Storage Can Open Doors to Clean Energy Solutions in Emerging Markets

For more than a hundred years, electrical grids have been built with the assumption that electricity has to be generated, transmitted, distributed, and used in real time because energy storage was not economically feasible . This is now beginning to

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Robert J Shiller: Robotization Without Taxation?

The idea of a tax on robots was raised last May in a draft report to the European Parliament prepared by MEP Mady Delvaux from the Committee on Legal Affairs. Emphasizing how robots could boost inequality, the report proposed that

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Paul Krugman: The Last of the Keynesians

He doesn’t hold out high hopes for the Trump presidency: in fact, calamity is on the horizon. Barely a month into the Trump Administration, economics professor and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman concluded that the high and exalted office

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Ernst & Young: Argentina – New Government Measures to Improve and Strengthen Employment

Argentine payroll costs are the highest in Latin America, standing at a maximum of 40%. Social security and health care employer contributions amount to 23% or 27%, based on each employer, whereas contributions withheld from employees stand at 17%.  In

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Yasser Al-Saleh: The Secret of Dubai’s Success

As governments across the Middle East try to wean themselves off natural resources and build diversified, resilient economies, they should take some lessons from Dubai. It’s a remarkable story. In less than a generation, Dubai has transformed itself into a

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DeVere Group: Decisive Move Into Private and Investment Banking

One of the world’s largest financial consultancy services providers has moved into banking. Late last year, deVere Group acquired the St Lucia branch of Arton Bank in order to gain a foothold in private banking, and earlier this month the

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Evan Harvey, Nasdaq: A Short-Term Look at Long-Term Growth – The Expert Outlook on 2017

Given the rapidly changing state of our global economic and political picture, it can be daunting to integrate sustainability strategies into business practices. This has ever been the case, but perhaps the tension between short-term deliverables and longer-term principles is

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Leyla Aliyev, Heydar Aliyev Foundation: Azerbaijan’s Can-Do First Daughter

As Donald Trump moved into the White House, reluctantly swapping his gold-clad luxury pad in New York for the relatively austere dwelling on Pennsylvania Avenue, half a world away a government is celebrating the arrival of its moment: Azerbaijan is

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