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Merkel gives lead to Balkans joining the EU

Merkel gives lead to Balkans joining the EU

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel’s latest initiative to show serious political commitment towards the Western Balkans by the European [...]

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 [...]

Future in world’s key economies is fraught with challenges

Future in world’s key economies is fraught with challenges

AMERICA is growing, Western Europe is stagnant, China and most of East Asia is expanding relatively quickly, with some clouds in the [...]

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 [...]

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There can be no winners in the tragedy of Ukraine

There can be no winners in the tragedy of Ukraine

THE TRAGEDY of Ukraine is escalating into frightening proportions. In its mounting zeal to impose sanctions on Russia, the West is beholden [...]

Joko Widodo faces bumpy road to power in Indonesia

Joko Widodo faces bumpy road to power in Indonesia

INDONESIA’S President-elect Joko Widodo faces three key economic tasks as he attempts to prove that he can provide a viable alternative to [...]

Hezbollah braced for IS jihadist confrontation in Lebanon

Hezbollah braced for IS jihadist confrontation in Lebanon

THE PRESENCE of Lebanon-based Shia organisation Hezbollah in the Syrian conflict has been instrumental in allowing the al-Assad regime to [...]

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Italy faces yet another political and economic crisis

Italy faces yet another political and economic crisis

ITALY’S flamboyant Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to introduce crucial reforms which would jump-start its economy and solve Italy’s [...]

China's economic future: from Communism to consumerism

China's economic future: from Communism to consumerism

CHINA’S economy is growing more slowly as it enters a period of more complex reform and restructuring. This comes after three decades of [...]

More bailouts likely despite calls for economic rigour

More bailouts likely despite calls for economic rigour

RECESSION is over in Western economies and many are recovering slowly - some at a disappointingly slow pace. But has the economic [...]

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Investors look to Indonesia to reform energy industry

Investors look to Indonesia to reform energy industry

INDONESIA is the largest energy producer in South East Asia with resources of oil, natural gas, coal and geothermal. It is also the largest [...]

US crude exports could minimise any supply shock

US crude exports could minimise any supply shock

CRUDE oil production in the United States has rocketed in the past six years, in large part due to technological advances in hydraulic [...]

US and Russia fill the gap as Middle East oil supply is hit

US and Russia fill the gap as Middle East oil supply is hit

THE GLOBAL price of oil has been stable as never before - despite some of the world’s biggest disruptions to oil supply. Several opposite [...]

More Defence & Security
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 [...]

ISIS advance in Iraq poses threat to regional instability

ISIS advance in Iraq poses threat to regional instability

ISIS, the al-Qaeda affiliated extremist group sweeping through Iraq on its way to the capital, Bagdhad, is a coalition of the willing, [...]

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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 [...]

Turkey aims to increase regional influence with gas and pipeline deal

Turkey aims to increase regional influence with gas and pipeline deal

NEW ENERGY agreements, which reorganise the shareholding structure of Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz gas field and TANAP pipeline projects, were [...]

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