New waves of virus infections disrupt economic recovery plans around the world and a few key European countries may face a reckoning because of structural weaknesses exposing the common Euro currency to mounting challenges
Optimism is pervading South-East Asian economics but the geopolical balance between competing powers, abutting the region on its periphery, remains vulnerable to gross miscalculation. Shared interests do not necessarily guarantee the outcome
In building the infrastructure of commerce for the future, in the words of Mr Ma of Alibaba, e-commerce is only the first step. As global titans tighten their grip, the countries of South East Asia must preserve their national identities
Through the ages, domination of the Eurasian heartland has been Russia's primary purpose to guarantee its security but provision of sustenance and security control of the vast territory proved costly. Economic benefits remain elusive...
Demography is an incontrovertible force, driving the underpinnings of Italy's aging society to breaking point. The creeping danger of a numerical decline of the workforce has become a brutal reality bearing down alarmingly on labor productivity
Italians, conflicted – likable and engaging and torn between hopes of yesteryear and today’s reality – tread a narrow path between a make-believe tantrum, irreversible commitments in the name of uncertain policies and actual structural reform
Correlated with tremendous GDP growth since 2000, China’s official foreign lending has transformed the Chinese government in the world’s largest official creditor, even though the loans to some of the poorest countries are 'hidden'
FinTech has opened a window of opportunities in a mostly dormant financial market and this report argues that the early stages of this financial revolution, fairly substantial in urban China, are only part of the story
The rise of Asia represents the beginnings of a shift in the balance of economic power in the world and some erosion in the political dominance of the West. Although massive, the poverty reduction could have been much greater but for the rising inequality
The islands in the Indian Ocean bearing the name are indeed 'scattered' around Madagascar, mainly in the Mozambique Channel. Formally under French sovereignty, their tiny size belies their growing strategic importance for the world's most powerful players
Mayotte, a French Département in the Comoros archipelago, is overpopulated, underemployed, and poorly educated - a potential target of unvarnished Chinese and Russian ambitions, and a basket case for a medium-sized ex-colonial power
China's massive economic expansion is testing global commerce to the limit, developed as well as emerging markets qualify the risk to their economies as 'systemic' and the Chinese society itself might be torn apart
Toning down the feverish wait for conclusive China-US negotiations, the general thrust of the commercial agreement taking form starts more and more to look like a truce in a drawn-out confrontation...
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