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The Crisis in Catalonia: 1st October 2017

1 October 2017

The Spanish interior minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, described the response of the Guardia Civil and Spanish police in Catalonia on the 1st October 2017, as “proportional and professional”, this was not a view shared by many in Barcelona and the rest of Catalonia, and by those who saw the [read more]

German Energy Policy Following the 2017 Election

26 September 2017

As the dust settles on the results of the German election, it is becoming obvious that the fall in votes for the two largest parties, including Angela Merkel’s CDU, will mean significant changes in German policies in a number of areas. There has also been speculation that the CDU will form a [read more]

Review of The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce

23 September 2017

Pub. Little Brown, London 2017 Edward Luce’s previous book, “Time to Start Thinking: America and the Sceptre of Decline” was a timely account of the decline of the American state, this book, appears to be primarily a commentary on the rise of populism, with particular reference to the [read more]

The 11 countries relying on the Nile need to reach a deal soon

11 September 2017

by Richard Kyle Paisley More than 300 million people rely on the waters of the River Nile. The Nile river basin contains more than 10% of Africa’s landmass in 11 countries: Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea and [read more]

UN Secretary-General’s press encounter: 5 September 2017

6 September 2017

Secretary-General António Guterres on North Korea and Myanmar’s Rakhine State In two weeks’ time, world leaders will be here in the General Assembly to address the full range of global challenges. But in recent days we have seen the dramatic aggravation of three of the main threats we face as [read more]

China is going to hit a wall

29 August 2017

CHRISTOPH GISIGER   Anne Stevenson-Yang, co-founder and research director at J Capital, warns that the monster bubble in the Chinese housing market is ripe to pop and that the Chinese currency will crash. It’s been exactly two years now since turmoil in China’s currency markets threw [read more]
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