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The world’s largest democracy heads to the polls in May, faced with the choice between more of the same or a pro-business agenda. It must not miss another chance to reform its economy

India needs political change fast to make vital economic reforms

The world’s largest democracy heads to the polls in May, faced with the choice between more of the same or a pro-business agenda. It must not miss another chance to reform its economy

When Manmohan Singh was inaugurated as Prime Minister of India in 2004, the world expected him to oversee a period of rapid transformation, fuelled by breath-taking economic growth. Here was a man renowned for his economic acumen, clean from the corruptio...

A watered-down version of the much-anticipated banking union is reaching the final stages before approval. But it will never be enough to protect the EU while other, deeper issues are left unaddressed

Unity will not be the church of the banking industry

A watered-down version of the much-anticipated banking union is reaching the final stages before approval. But it will never be enough to protect the EU while other, deeper issues are left unaddressed

After much humming and hawing by EU leaders, the much-anticipated banking union is on the cusp of becoming a reality. Only it’s five years too late. Much has been made of this united front behind the region’s banks, but negotiations have been protract...

There is great economic disparity within countries now. While many look to ways of offsetting this inequality, it’s clear that capitalism isn’t the only driving force of growth

Extreme inequality: a price to a pay for economic growth?

There is great economic disparity within countries now. While many look to ways of offsetting this inequality, it’s clear that capitalism isn’t the only driving force of growth

Pope Francis warned last November that “ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace” are driving rapid growth in inequality. Is he right? In one sense, Francis was clearly wrong: in many cases, inequality between countries is d...

The prospects for most advanced economies look set to improve by varying degrees in 2014, but emerging economies still have the more promising outlook. There is risk in all quarters, however

A risky future for advanced and emerging economies

The prospects for most advanced economies look set to improve by varying degrees in 2014, but emerging economies still have the more promising outlook. There is risk in all quarters, however

The global economy had another difficult year in 2013. The advanced economies’ below-trend growth continued, with output rising at an average annual rate of about one percent, while many emerging markets experienced a slowdown to below-trend 4.8 percent...

Vladimir Putin is keen to assert Russia’s economic strength, but, as his tactics become more and more reminiscent of his KGB past, he could face a damaging backlash

The survivalist in the Kremlin

Vladimir Putin is keen to assert Russia’s economic strength, but, as his tactics become more and more reminiscent of his KGB past, he could face a damaging backlash

Vladimir Putin’s improbable rise to the pinnacle of Russian power in 1999 to 2000 was partly the result of an elite consensus about the importance of restoring order to the Russian state after a decade of domestic crisis and international humiliation. H...

The EU has decided reform is necessary for economic recovery, but there comes a time when individual governments need to take control of their own revival plans

Whose reform is it anyway?

The EU has decided reform is necessary for economic recovery, but there comes a time when individual governments need to take control of their own revival plans

Together with fiscal consolidation, structural reform is the new European mantra. International organisations and EU bodies regard such reform as a prerequisite of economic recovery, growth and alleviation of the unemployment plague. Indeed, the agreem...

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could be the biggest bilateral trade deal in history, but complications must be resolved on both sides

Transatlantic trade goes global

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could be the biggest bilateral trade deal in history, but complications must be resolved on both sides

Negotiations have commenced between the US and the EU on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), potentially the largest regional free-trade agreement in history. If successful, it would cover more than 40 percent of global GDP and acco...

There is no question China’s economy has slowed, but sceptics are far too quick to predict the nation’s demise. In reality, the country is getting ever closer to striking the right balance

Misreading Chinese rebalancing

There is no question China’s economy has slowed, but sceptics are far too quick to predict the nation’s demise. In reality, the country is getting ever closer to striking the right balance

The punditocracy has once again succumbed to the ‘China Crash’ syndrome – a malady that seems to afflict economic and political commentators every few years. Never mind the recurring false alarms over the past couple of decades. This time is differe...

As market pressure is put on leading central banks to maintain their highly expansionary monetary policies, the risk of irreversibility is becoming increasingly prevalent, writes Patrick Artus, chief economist at Natixis

The irreversibility theory of expansionary monetary policies is gaining credibility

As market pressure is put on leading central banks to maintain their highly expansionary monetary policies, the risk of irreversibility is becoming increasingly prevalent, writes Patrick Artus, chief economist at Natixis

Considering the positive effects seen in the US, UK and Japan following the implementation of their highly expansionary policies, criticism has often been levelled at the ECB for not executing a more authoritative strategy – such as intervening more dir...

Recent workplace disasters indicate the need to improve everyday health and safety conditions for factory workers in emerging economies. Additional foreign investment is proving to be most effective, writes Nash Riggins

Post-Lahore, safety margins must improve

Recent workplace disasters indicate the need to improve everyday health and safety conditions for factory workers in emerging economies. Additional foreign investment is proving to be most effective, writes Nash Riggins

In May, an aggressive fire erupted at the Lahore Development Authority’s offices in Pakistan, killing 25 workers. The 35-year-old building’s staircases did not adhere to strict safety regulations, hampering rescue efforts. The cruel irony of the trage...

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development concentrates much of its efforts on developing towns and cities, bolstering their infrastructure and improving citizens’ quality of life

Municipal finance: banking for the people

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development concentrates much of its efforts on developing towns and cities, bolstering their infrastructure and improving citizens’ quality of life

EBRD’s operations in the municipal and environmental infrastructure (MEI) sector have, over the last 20 years, made a significant difference to people’s welfare and quality of life by helping local governments and private operators to deliver essentia...

Shareholders on both sides of the Atlantic are getting more aggressive, writes Selwyn Parker

The activist generation

Shareholders on both sides of the Atlantic are getting more aggressive, writes Selwyn Parker

When Elliott Management appeared on the share register of Hess Corporation late last year, the family-dominated American oil company, it was not good news for John Hess, chief executive, chairman and son of the founder. It did not take long for his wor...

Bernard Arnault loves to catch friends and enemies off guard, though much of the time his surprises are far from welcome, writes Selwyn Parker

Bernard Arnault likes a surprise

Bernard Arnault loves to catch friends and enemies off guard, though much of the time his surprises are far from welcome, writes Selwyn Parker

That’s how French business magnate, art collector and, most notably, Europe’s richest man conducts himself on a daily basis as the method by which he’s built up LVMH, arguably the world’s greatest purveyor of luxury goods. Arnault is once again...

Slow progress following the 2010 earthquake has led dissatisfied aid providers to reconsider support

Haiti on the brink

Slow progress following the 2010 earthquake has led dissatisfied aid providers to reconsider support

When the last tremor of the Haiti earthquake faded away in January 2010, it left some 300,000 dead and about the same number of wrecked homes in its wake, not to mention the destruction of schools, hospitals, government buildings, roads, lighting and just...

Preparing leaders for the future

The current economic climate for many companies is a bleak and binding reality. However, while many struggle to find the best employees and relations, there …

The current economic climate for many companies is a bleak and binding reality. However, while many struggle to find the best employees and relations, there are four key points where organisations can optimise the resources of a professional coach. or...

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