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Grandiose infrastructure projects might sometimes seem the stuff of fantasy, but there are a number of schemes currently being built that will have transformative benefits. World Finance picks 20 of the best in 2014

Game-changing infrastructure

Grandiose infrastructure projects might sometimes seem the stuff of fantasy, but there are a number of schemes currently being built that will have transformative benefits. World Finance picks 20 of the best in 2014

Every country talks of its various grandiose infrastructure schemes that will be the envy of the world for years to come, but the reality is that many of these fanciful projects rarely get off the drawing board. Recent years that have shown that with a bi...

Despite a sweeping victory in the recent federal election, Angela Merkel will need to make some concessions to continue steering Germany – and the eurozone – towards a brighter future, writes Jules Gray

Written in the stars

Despite a sweeping victory in the recent federal election, Angela Merkel will need to make some concessions to continue steering Germany – and the eurozone – towards a brighter future, writes Jules Gray

The dream result for politicians in most elections is to win a sweeping, crushing landslide victory that obliterates all opposition parties. Such a victory would allow a new government free reign to implement all the policies they had promised in their el...

Twitter takes flight

Social media IPOs have been popular fixtures in the stock circuit over the past couple of years. Now Twitter is joining the ranks of the publicly traded social media platforms, but will it learn from others’ mistakes? Rita Lobo reports

For a couple of days in the middle of October, shares in a bankrupt consumer electronics firm soared by over 1,500 percent. Tweeter Home Entertainment Group had not achieved a miraculous turnaround of its finances, but rather it was a victim of a terrible...

Russia has strict anti-corruption laws, but everyone ignores them – including the president. We look at the shadowy role of private interests over the last 17 years

The syndicate state

Russia has strict anti-corruption laws, but everyone ignores them – including the president. We look at the shadowy role of private interests over the last 17 years

Nov 1996 The Ozero cooperative society was formed with Vladimir Putin and friends at its helm. Originally a property group sheltering ownership of its dachas, it became an industrial giant after Putin was elected president in 2000. Within a few years, th...

By following more traditional methods of banking, Paraguay’s economy has avoided the difficulties currently faced by the US and European financial sectors, where unsustainable banking practices have stunted growth

All eyes on Latin America

By following more traditional methods of banking, Paraguay’s economy has avoided the difficulties currently faced by the US and European financial sectors, where unsustainable banking practices have stunted growth

Latin America, for many years a continent beset by turbulent economic problems and an underdeveloped banking industry, has emerged over the last decade as a highly promising region. It comes at a time when the regions that have driven world economic growt...

The Federal Reserve has announced its intentions to end quantitative easing of up to $85bn in monthly bond purchases when unemployment declines – estimated for mid-2014. A reasonable policy, but sobering for a number of tipsy markets

Bernanke calls time

The Federal Reserve has announced its intentions to end quantitative easing of up to $85bn in monthly bond purchases when unemployment declines – estimated for mid-2014. A reasonable policy, but sobering for a number of tipsy markets

It’s often said the US government “takes the punch bowl away just as the party is getting started.” Perhaps that’s why markets continue to react in horror each time the US Federal Reserve announces developments in its economic recovery plan. Chair...

Amid the protests, Brazil’s government must end corruption, improve education and develop infrastructure if it is serious about achieving ambitions on the world stage

Fuelling the fire of destruction

Amid the protests, Brazil’s government must end corruption, improve education and develop infrastructure if it is serious about achieving ambitions on the world stage

In the build up to the Confederations Cup, university students gathered in São Paulo to show their discontent about the 20 cent hike in bus fares, raising the price to R$3.20 ($1.47). They were met by the infamous Military Police who confronted them with...

If Malaysia’s embattled prime minister doesn’t start to adopt inclusive policies and continues to segregate his country’s ethnicities, then the world’s longest single-party period of office may well be drawing to a close

Malaysia’s waning political monopoly

If Malaysia’s embattled prime minister doesn’t start to adopt inclusive policies and continues to segregate his country’s ethnicities, then the world’s longest single-party period of office may well be drawing to a close

In a society that is usually respectful of its political leaders, the defacement of a poster of Malaysia’s newly elected Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is an apt symbol of the turbulence that has followed the election. Running the risk of arrest by po...

Lauded the world over as one of the first great entrepreneurs of the 21st century, Elon Musk has exhibited unbridled ambition throughout his impressive career

The height of ambition

Lauded the world over as one of the first great entrepreneurs of the 21st century, Elon Musk has exhibited unbridled ambition throughout his impressive career

It’s 2008: Elon Musk’s brainchild, Tesla Motors, is straining under the weight of substantial delays and lavish overruns, the as yet unfruitful offerings of venture capital have come to a standstill, and a prominent auto industry blog has begun a feat...

For over a decade, gold prices have been steadily rising as a result of numerous market factors, including as a reaction to the financial crisis. But the golden years may be over, says Selwyn Parker, as prices threaten to plummet as quickly as they climbed

All that glitters is not gold

For over a decade, gold prices have been steadily rising as a result of numerous market factors, including as a reaction to the financial crisis. But the golden years may be over, says Selwyn Parker, as prices threaten to plummet as quickly as they climbed

For 12 years that went against investment wisdom and the repeated warnings of many an expert on commodities, the price of gold defied gravity. Starting at $260 an ounce, the yellow metal steadily increased in value year-after-year, with a few minor correc...

The clamour for new high-speed rail lines from politicians and train enthusiasts is ever-increasing, but whether they really offer value for money remains to be seen

The need for high-speed rail

The clamour for new high-speed rail lines from politicians and train enthusiasts is ever-increasing, but whether they really offer value for money remains to be seen

Big shiny trains that soar across the landscape at break-neck speeds seem to be as popular with rail fanatics as they are with politicians these days. Across the world, many policymakers are enthusiastically talking up the ability of high-speed rail as a ...

As issues of immigration and unemployment continue to spark unrest throughout Sweden, Stockholm could look to its Nordic neighbours for lessons on how to motivate and employ its disenfranchised youth, writes Nash Riggins

Sweden’s employment dilemma

As issues of immigration and unemployment continue to spark unrest throughout Sweden, Stockholm could look to its Nordic neighbours for lessons on how to motivate and employ its disenfranchised youth, writes Nash Riggins

On May 19, Swedish police sparked a riot in the Stockholm suburb of Husby after shooting and killing a 69-year-old pensioner; within a matter of days, social unrest had spread to more than a dozen other areas around the capital. If nothing else, the riots...

Russian oligarchs moulded the immediate post-Soviet economy by moving quickly to acquire assets and political friendships, but governmental and economic developments in more recent years are inhibiting their continued reign

The end of an oligarchy

Russian oligarchs moulded the immediate post-Soviet economy by moving quickly to acquire assets and political friendships, but governmental and economic developments in more recent years are inhibiting their continued reign

Following the ostensible suicide of Boris Berezovsky and the suspicion surrounding his death, many perceive the famed Russian’s demise denotes the waning influence of the oligarchy in present-day Russia. Popularly termed ‘catastroika’, the downfa...

With the global economy as it is, governments around  the world are understandably concentrating their efforts on encouraging growth. But, asks Catherine Smyth, are they doing so at the expense of the environment?

End of the line for climate change?

With the global economy as it is, governments around the world are understandably concentrating their efforts on encouraging growth. But, asks Catherine Smyth, are they doing so at the expense of the environment?

The call to arms to protect the environment and to reach energy saving targets clashes uncomfortably with another battle: the economy’s fight to pull out of recession. The strong correlation between economic activity and carbon dioxide emissions is a li...

Socialist governments have a long history of applying punitive taxes on its high earners. As Françoise Hollande proposed France with one of the highest ever tax hikes in history, dealing with the backlash is no simple feat, writes Selwyn Parker

A taxing clash at Café Calèche

Socialist governments have a long history of applying punitive taxes on its high earners. As Françoise Hollande proposed France with one of the highest ever tax hikes in history, dealing with the backlash is no simple feat, writes Selwyn Parker

When he’s back in his electorate in the town of Tulle in the Limousin region of France, President François Hollande likes to drop in most mornings to his local café, the Calèche, for his “grand café et croissant.” Located on Avenue Victor Hugo, ...

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