The price of pandemics
The COVID-19 crisis stopped economies across the globe in their tracks, but it’s far from being the only outbreak to have shaken the world in the past. From Spanish Influenza to SARS, we look into the costs of previous epidemics and pandemics, and how economies recovered in the aftermath
Merkel’s departure marks the end of an era in Germany
After 16 years in power, Angela Merkel did not run for chancellor in the latest German election. Natalie Keffler asks what the impact of this will be on the German economy, and what legacy has she left?
Africa’s 56 million missing homes: Shelter Afrique confronts the crisis
‘The biggest challenge in Africa is affordability,’ says Andrew Chimpondah. ‘We need to have products that the majority of Africans can afford’
The Swedish experiment: was it forward-thinking or not?
Sweden’s controversial COVID-19 strategy makes for an interesting case study. But will history remember the approach as a success story or a costly failure?
Davos: setting the world to rights
Despite being postponed and moved to Singapore the World Economic Forum will still take place in 2021 and COVID-19 has ensured the central themes for discussion are brought sharply into focus
Are Presidential campaigns worth the vast expense?
The US presidential election is as much about splashing the cash as it is about winning people over. But the winner isn’t necessarily the biggest spender
Investment in a small yet ambitious nation
Dominica’s Citizenship by Investment Programme provides individuals with the ideal opportunity to support public and private sector projects in the country while gaining unfettered access to a unique and beautiful part of the world
What COVID-19 means for financial globalisation
The COVID-19 pandemic may reinforce segmentation in world markets, exacerbating a trend that has been gathering pace since the financial crisis
Majority of US firms in Hong Kong concerned about security laws, survey finds
A survey of US companies reveals widespread fears about the impact that Beijing’s planned national security legislation could have on business operations in Hong Kong
Singapore unveils fourth stimulus package to tackle the impact of COVID-19
Singapore’s latest stimulus package to support its coronavirus-battered economy brings its total cash injections to nearly $70.5bn
Failure to welcome new members could render the BRICS association irrelevant – here’s why
In 2009, the emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China formed the BRIC association, with South Africa joining a year later. Despite taking some positive steps in the decade since, the disparate economies have not always functioned effectively as a unit
Going it alone – what the New Southbound Policy means for Taiwanese independence
Having won the Taiwanese election by a landslide, President Tsai Ing-wen now has a strong mandate to reduce the country’s economic dependence on China. But the mainland won’t give up without a fight
A world of hurt: how pandemics such as COVID-19 affect the global economy
Since COVID-19 reared its head in December 2019, it has become increasingly clear that pandemics pose one of the biggest threats to the global economy
Trump agrees to ‘phase one’ of China trade deal
After approximately 20 months of trade tensions between the US and China, US President Donald Trump has consented to a limited number of agreements between the superpowers
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