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Prospects for Ukraine's dependence on Russia and Europe could improve

Prospects for Ukraine's dependence on Russia and Europe could improve

UKRAINE’S parliament faces re-election on Sunday, October 26. The country has the same parliament today which gave former President Viktor [...]

Germany’s economy is key to eurozone’s prospects

Germany’s economy is key to eurozone’s prospects

THE DOLLAR - euro exchange rate was close to 1.40 in May 2014. Today it is between 1.26 and 1.27. The greenback also rose six per cent [...]

Tusk energy plan to free EU from Russian dependence

Tusk energy plan to free EU from Russian dependence

POLAND’S Donald Tusk proposed creating an energy union within Europe to ensure stable gas supplies and fair, market-based gas prices, writes [...]

Crackdown on Balkan mercenaries going to Syria

Crackdown on Balkan mercenaries going to Syria

EXPERIENCED fighters, veterans from seven Balkans wars between 1991 and 2001, are offering their services to wars in the Middle East as [...]

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China looks to non-traditional warfare to gain global dominance

China looks to non-traditional warfare to gain global dominance

CHINA’s behaviour in the East and South China Seas has been confrontational since 2008 leaving many to conclude that Beijing’s long-term [...]

Why EU cannot bank on Germany’s economy

Why EU cannot bank on Germany’s economy

GERMANY’S economy is not as strong as many people think, hope, or fear. Without doubt, Germany miraculously emerged as a ‘wunderkind’ or [...]

Ecuador faces regulation ‘revolution’ as polls countdown begins

Ecuador faces regulation ‘revolution’ as polls countdown begins

SINCE his inauguration as Ecuador’s president in 2007, Rafael Correa has been re-elected twice, secured a majority for his PAIS party in the [...]

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Russia fights sanctions by buoying economy with tough spending cuts

Russia fights sanctions by buoying economy with tough spending cuts

THE EUROPEAN UNION will not ease sanctions against Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. This [...]

Boko Haram terror stunts education and economy in northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram terror stunts education and economy in northeast Nigeria

ISLAMIST EXTREMISTS BOKO HARAM poses a major threat to Nigeria. But while the political and security costs of the group`s insurgency remain [...]

China faces big decisions as it reforms its taxes

China faces big decisions as it reforms its taxes

CHINA’s taxation system has developed rapidly in the 35 years of transition from state-controlled to market economy. But it remains a work [...]

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China switches from polluting coal to cleaner shale gas

China switches from polluting coal to cleaner shale gas

STUDIES which have tried to forecast the future of world energy pay much attention to one country: The People's Republic of China - the [...]

French energy plans could destabilise the European network

French energy plans could destabilise the European network

FRANCE has a new energy policy in the pipeline. Segolene Royal, the new Environment Minister, presented a bill which will be discussed in [...]

China exploits Russia’s weakness in gas pipeline deal

China exploits Russia’s weakness in gas pipeline deal

RUSSIA and China agreed a landmark natural gas contract worth US$400 billion in May 2014. The 30-year contract is one of the largest [...]

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Nato summit could renew US interest in Europe

Nato summit could renew US interest in Europe

THE TWO-DAY Nato summit in Wales on September 4 and 5, 2014,agreed on a number of measures intended to reassure its Baltic members. Its [...]

Russia’s Ukraine strategy reveals new challenges for Nato

Russia’s Ukraine strategy reveals new challenges for Nato

THE CRISIS in Ukraine was dominated in its early stages by fears of an overwhelming Russian ground invasion. These concerns did not [...]

Why China’s PLA is a weak but dangerous army

Why China’s PLA is a weak but dangerous army

CHINA's military capability and intentions are causing significant concern among its regional neighbours and the United States, writes guest [...]

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China on watch as India seeks Great Power status

China on watch as India seeks Great Power status

IT HAS been a memorable year for India, for its place in the international community and those who seek to understand one of the planet’s [...]

Mali’s problems continue despite French intervention

Mali’s problems continue despite French intervention

FRENCH military operations in Africa - from Serval in Mali to Sangaris in the Central African Republic - have succeeded up to the point when [...]

Japan defence reforms continue to draw ire from Beijing

Japan defence reforms continue to draw ire from Beijing

THE defence reforms that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on July 1, 2014, represent a distinct and important shift in the identity of [...]

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