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More bad news for Hollande and French economy

More bad news for Hollande and French economy

THE IMAGE of French President Francois Hollande standing alone and soaked to the skin with his glasses misted up by rain during the August [...]

Old foes battle it out in Brazil’s presidential election

Old foes battle it out in Brazil’s presidential election

BRAZIL is heading for its most unpredictable presidential election in the last 25 years. The election, on October 5, 2014, could see a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

More Politics
Former Soviet states fear Russia expansion despite ‘revitalised’ Nato

Former Soviet states fear Russia expansion despite ‘revitalised’ Nato

THE NATO summit in the UK left the 28-member alliance basking in the glow of having rediscovered a purpose – and legitimacy - for its [...]

Europe has a duty to help Africa achieve stability

Europe has a duty to help Africa achieve stability

FROM east to west, Africa is currently a theatre for wars, whose challenges are often local, but are beginning to take on a troubling [...]

West must respond to Ukraine peace plan or face consequences

West must respond to Ukraine peace plan or face consequences

WHEN US President Barack Obama said, ‘We don’t have a strategy yet,’ he was replying to questions about potential US air strikes against [...]

More Economics
EU economic crisis paves way for technocrat ministers

EU economic crisis paves way for technocrat ministers

ITALY has led the way in a variety of fields in the European Union’s history. It was the first country to engage in creative accounting on [...]

Politicians are using the EU and euro as scapegoats

Politicians are using the EU and euro as scapegoats

EUROSCEPTICS in the European parliament have had little impact so far, three months after their success in the May 2014 European elections, [...]

Sanctions: Russia takes more pain but EU will fail to gain

Sanctions: Russia takes more pain but EU will fail to gain

THE WAR of sanctions and counter-sanctions between Russian and the European Union has erupted at a time when both countries are very [...]

More Energy
China powers ahead with energy revolution

China powers ahead with energy revolution

CHINA’S President Xi Jinping called for a national ‘energy revolution’ with an expanded role for gas to ‘restrain irrational energy [...]

Russia’s gas pipeline deals split European unity

Russia’s gas pipeline deals split European unity

RUSSIA’S South Stream gas pipeline project is the European Union’s most controversial challenge in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. [...]

Russia exploits widening EU divisions

Russia exploits widening EU divisions

PLANS for tougher economic sanctions against Russia are adding to a rift among European Union countries when there is division over Russia’s [...]

More Defence & Security
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 [...]

Japan adds muscle to its regional defence strategy

Japan adds muscle to its regional defence strategy

JAPAN’S armed forces will soon be able to take part in armed conflicts abroad for the first time since the Second World War. The change to [...]

More Have Your Say
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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