Poland Closes the Gap and Calms Covid Jitters with a Bold Programme of Reform

The pandemic has brought an end to its 30 years of GDP growth for Poland — but this should be seen as an interruption rather than a break. Poland does it again. Since Solidarity brought the end of communist control,

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Bonds: Name of the Game for Cool (and Resilient) Operators

US corporate bonds certainly lack the thrill of that other famous Bond, James. But when it comes to strength and resilience, they can genuinely hold their own with Fleming’s cunning protagonist. By Efraim Benmelech Corporate bond markets have proven remarkably

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A COVID-19 Silver Lining: Precision Medicine for Brain & Mental Health

Did you know that nearly 17% of the Swiss population suffer from one or more mental disorders? And that more than 150’000 persons are currently living with dementia in Switzerland, with 30’000 more individuals who develop it every year? That’s

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World Bank on COVID-19: The Road Back Must Be Green, Resilient, and Inclusive

By Axel van Trotsenburg World Bank Managing Director of Operations COVID-19 has imposed a deeper, more widespread shock than the global community has faced in many decades. The pandemic is causing illness and death, disrupting livelihoods, and potentially pushing an

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Uzbekistan ‘s Enter Engineering announces Covid years project updates and operations guidance

According to Ulugbek Usmanov, General Director at Enter Engineering: “Enter Engineering is involved in a variety of projects central to Uzbekistan’s growth and development. From the huge and pioneering GTL project – which is part of the country’s ambitious energy

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Boost R&D to Ensure Sustainable Post-Covid Recovery: Economists

Increased investment in research and development is crucial to post-covid recovery, say economists calling for lasting improvements in the field. The European Commission’s €750bn Covid-19 Recovery Fund should help the bloc to hit its longstanding – but so far consistently

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Employers Need to ‘Catch Up’ with Looming Covid Mental Health Crisis

When it comes to workplace wellbeing, there has been a polarised response to the pandemic. A third of UK employees say support has improved, but others say many organisations are falling short. Mental ill health costs employers £2.4bn each year,

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Hard-Hit but Striking Back: Dubai Finds Correct Balance

Last year, Dubai registered a sharp decline in its population. Almost eight of every 100 inhabitants left the country as the pandemic and a drop in oil prices unsettled nerves and the economy. Key sectors such as real estate, tourism

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South Africa Teetering on the Edge of Political and Economic Precipice

Keep South Africa Safe: the slogan is stamped on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s favourite facemask, and could refer to more than just the pandemic. The country is embroiled in an epic struggle to save the rule of law from falling prey

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Free Trade in Retreat in Europe due to Environmental and Labour Standards

The EU free trade baton, carried by the UK until Brexit, has been relayed to the Stockholm Six of like-minded liberal countries pushing back against French and Italian pressure for Europe to get tougher on trade defence, and relax on

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