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What Germany’s Failed Bond Auction Means

What Germany’s Failed Bond Auction Means

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, Germany sold 10-year Bunds at its debt auction worth 3.64 billion euro with an average yield of 1.98%, and the bid-to-cover ratio was 1.1 , while the Bundesbank retained the remainder of the 6 billion euro offering. To most people, that’s just Wall ...

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Why Europeans Need More EU, But Don’t Want It

Why Europeans Need More EU, But Don’t Want It

Brussels has always had a bum rap in Europe. Brussels is that faraway place where decisions are made over the heads of people. Brussels is considered undemocratic and technocratic, and is contrasted unfavorably with the familiar closeness of national politics. In the past 40 years or so, ...

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Can Turkey attack Syria?

Can Turkey attack Syria?

Once the shining example of Turkey’s ‘strategic depth’, the Assad regime, as a result of its repression of Syrian dissent, has moved from a ‘zero-problems’ policy to a ‘tough love’ policy in Turkey’s foreign policy outlook. During his September speech in New York, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ...

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500 Million Europeans: Squandered Potential?

500 Million Europeans: Squandered Potential?

Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of attending two separate speeches, featuring two top diplomats. The first was former U.S. Secretary of State under President Reagan, George P. Schulz; the second was current Greek Foreign Minister, Stavros Lambrinidis. What stood out most to me about the two ...

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China’s View of America and Europe’s Debt and Their Efforts To Get It Under Control

China’s View of America and Europe’s Debt and Their Efforts To Get It Under Control

With America’s latest market crash, the debt debate seems so ‘last week’ (hey, it was last week!), there is still much to learn from the tumultuous process. Niall Ferguson attempts to provide an outside perspective on the whole debt limit battle. It’s a pretty important outside perspective too; China: Viewed ...

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The Yemeni Revolution: the Opposition and Saleh to sign GCC Agreement

An envoy of officials from both the Yemeni government and the Opposition are said to be traveling to Riyadh on Wednesday in order to sign the agreement brokered by the GCC. Sultan al-Barakani who is the deputy secretary of the People’s Congress, the Presidential party, has said that the government had ...

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WTO Rules on U.S. Trade Remedies Practice of ‘Double Counting'!

Last week’s ruling by the WTO Appellate Body on the U.S. trade remedies regime went mostly unnoticed, due to the dramatic developments in Japan and Libya.  However, its implications could be significant… thought not immediate.  The Appellate Body reversed a previous panel decision which allowed the U.S. government to apply ...

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Part II: Chinese Investments in Europe – A Year in Review

Last year we saw developments in the EU-China trade relationship that can signify a greater convergence between these two trading partners.  The global financial crisis that led to temporary drop in western demand for Chinese goods during 2009 was followed by an aggressive investment strategy by China in 2010, acquiring ...

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Chinese ‘Trojan Horse’ – Investing in Greece, or Invading Europe? (Part I)

Chinese ‘Trojan Horse’ – Investing in Greece, or Invading Europe? (Part I)

Last fall, an article by the Economist praised the consolidation of railway companies in the former Yugoslavia as a development that will ease the movement of freight from Turkey to Central Europe.  The Economist went on to argue that a future rail tunnel under the Bosporus and plans between ...

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The New “Triangle” World Order – and how US, EU and China must work together to keep the global economy going.

It has to be, without a doubt, that the fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent collapse of communism constituted the single most transformative event of the past 40 years. Since man walked the surface of the Moon, the collapse of communism signified the predominance of ‘one’ over the ...

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EU’s renewed strategy to tackle global terror

Recent attempt by global terror outfits seeking to target European interests have heighted fear within the EU that an attack in the region seems an increasing possibility. Driven by these fears there has been a renewed effort to evaluate the regions counter terror initiatives. This has led the EU’s Counter-Terrorism ...

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EU Announces $1Trillion Debt Crisis Bailout

EU Announces $1Trillion Debt Crisis Bailout

In an effort to stem the deepening collapse from the Greece Sovereign Debt crisis, finance ministers from the European Union agreed on a deal that would provide $560 billion in new loans and $76 billion under an existing lending program. Elena Salgado, the Spanish finance minister, who announced the deal, also said the International Monetary Fund was prepared to give up to $321 billion separately.

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Japan and China's Competiting Plans for SE Asia

Japan and China's Competiting Plans for SE Asia

SE Asia:  The NY Times has an article discussing East and Southeast Asian economic integration.  Thai prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, believes that the regions should be looking for a new growth model, one that is less reliant on the consumption of Western nations.  This would mean increasing domestic ...

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Pakistan / EU Relations – Assistance & Development

Current relations between Pakistan and Europe are defined by cooperation. Through humanitarian and supply assistance offered, European states are also working with Islamabad in collaborating on development projects as a form for debt relief to Pakistan. This cooperation comes with Pakistan's commitment to democracy and successes in uprooting terrorism.

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ASEAN Integration: Human Rights Illusion

ASEAN Integration: Human Rights Illusion

Human Rights Come to ASEAN? On Monday, in Phuket, Thailand, ASEAN laid out plans to formally adopt the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AIGCHR) at its regional meeting in October of this year.  The commission will have a mandate for greater human rights education, information dissemination, and inter-regional capacity building.  ...

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