The Twilight Zone of Fiscal Stimulus

Now in its second iteration, the corona pandemic no longer inspires the blind fear it did just six months ago. Governments are staking stock of the damage wrought and have begun exploring ways to repair economies derailed by lockdowns, social

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Middle East – Business Trumps Politics

Joint business ventures, and the pragmatism required for success, laid the groundwork for the normalisation of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which was marked by the touchdown of the first official El Al flight at Abu

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Vietnam – No Stopping Country on the Ascendancy

After two decades of recording full employment and boisterous growth rates, Vietnam has taken a significant, though far from fatal, economic hit even as the country received near-universal praise for its deft handling of the Corona Pandemic. Though most of

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Sweden – A Controversial Approach Belatedly Vindicated

The Swedes are a trusting lot. Asked if they usually confide in ‘other people’, almost two-thirds of Swedes answered ‘yes’. In the US and the UK, the comparable numbers hover around the 30 percent mark. According to data tabulated by

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Women’s Brain Project on COVID-19: Sex and Gender Differences Paving the Way for Precision Medicine

On February 10, an executive committee member of the Women’s Brain Project (WBP) travelled to China, taking medical aid and scientific knowledge to help in the first COVID-19 outbreak. While she was not able to reach Wuhan, during her time

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Chinese Tech Companies Face US Ban

This is perhaps not the best time to confront China. The corona pandemic is far from over and its effects on global markets has only begun to reverberate. An economic depression may well be in the making. Not that the

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Interest Rate Hike Key to Turkey’s Economic Fortune

Amidst the cacophony produced by Messrs Trump and Jinping, the drumbeat of a small war was almost drowned out. Last month, a flotilla of eighteen Turkish warships converged on Kastellorizo, an idyllic island of the Dodecanese, to ‘protect’ a research

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World Bank Blogs: coronavirus, covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a drastic human toll, with close to 15 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 600,000 deaths around the world by mid July. As the geography of the outbreak continues to shift, new hot spots

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The Right Side of History: Germany Occupies the Moral High Ground

The latest annual Gallup poll on the standing of nations seems to indicate that President Donald Trump has failed to Make American Great Again. The survey found that Germany remains the world’s most admired country with the US, China, and

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EU Cements Union and Recovery Package

EU leaders have agreed on a landmark €750 billion post-corona recovery deal that authorises the European Commission to issue bonds for the first time ever. Hailed as a ‘historic day’ for Europe by President Emmanuel Macron of France, the deal

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