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Just as the rest of the world distances itself from nuclear power, the Middle East is edging closer than ever before

The Middle East has ample access to solar power, but is turning to nuclear

Just as the rest of the world distances itself from nuclear power, the Middle East is edging closer than ever before

Since the Fukushima meltdown in 2011, most of the world has been turning its back on nuclear energy. Although technically cleaner than oil, the risks that it carries, as well as the cost, are deemed by many as too great to pursue. Following the disaster, ...

There is growing recognition among corporations that climate change poses a considerable risk to their bottom line. Change is afoot – though so too is corruption

The relationship between corporations and climate change

There is growing recognition among corporations that climate change poses a considerable risk to their bottom line. Change is afoot – though so too is corruption

It’s not uncommon for companies to skew the facts about sustainability to their own ends, though few – if any – have taken their deception as far as Volkswagen. The so-called ‘diesel dupe’ made headlines around the globe in September when the EP...

Argentina’s new president faces a formidable task in fixing his country’s economy. Tom Bailey takes a look at exactly how the South American nation found itself in its current condition

A history of economic trouble in Argentina

Argentina’s new president faces a formidable task in fixing his country’s economy. Tom Bailey takes a look at exactly how the South American nation found itself in its current condition

Argentina was once one of the world’s richest economies. Only as recently as the turn of the 20th century, Argentina, along with several European and North American economies, was part of an elite club of prosperous countries – a club that, following ...

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...

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