Thursday, May 28, 2015
  1. Business & Finance

    The Currency Manipulation Charade

    Stephen S. Roach
    Business & Finance

    The Currency Manipulation Charade

    3

     worries that the US Congress could pursue protectionism by another name.

    US Capital building full frame/Flickr

    The US Senate narrowly defeated a “currency manipulation” amendment to a bill giving President Barack Obama so-called “fast-track” authority to negotiate the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. But the issue could return as the debate shifts to the House of Representatives. READ MORE

  2. Politics

    The AIIB and Chinese Strategy

    Yuriko Koike
    Politics

    The AIIB and Chinese Strategy

    2

     warns that China's new multilateral institution is riddled by potential conflicts of interest.

    Stacking Renminbi Yi Fan/ZumaPress

    Next month, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank will hold its first general meeting, the aim being to launch operations before the end of the year. Will it turn out to be a bank of China, by China, and for China, or will it pursue a multilateral agenda in the manner of the World Bank and regional development banks? READ MORE

  3. Politics

    Europe’s Movement Against Moving

    Harold James
    Politics

    Europe’s Movement Against Moving

    7

     explains why labor mobility has become an issue in recent European elections.

    Train moving in Europe Carlos Bryant/Flickr

    The European Union has been a single labor market for nearly 30 years, but it was only after the global financial crisis that migration really took off. The result has been a backlash against it, both in the countries where workers arrive and, as Poland’s recent presidential election showed, in those from which they are leaving. READ MORE

  4. Economics

    Austerity Is the Only Deal-Breaker

    Yanis Varoufakis
    Economics

    Austerity Is the Only Deal-Breaker

    32

     says that his government is prepared to enact all of the reforms that its creditors expect.

    Greece parliament building Wassilios Aswestopoulos/ZumaPress

    Greece’s government is eager to implement an agenda that includes all of the economic reforms that its creditors expect, and is uniquely able to maintain the public’s support for a sound economic program. What it will not do is embrace a cure – deeper austerity – that kills the patient. READ MORE

  5. Politics

    Paradise in Peril

    Charles Tannock
    Politics

    Paradise in Peril

    1

     fears that the Maldives’ democratic transition has been aborted by the security forces.

    President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed/The Commonwealth/Flickr

    The plight of Mohamed Nasheed – the former president of the Maldives who has now been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by the military government that overthrew him in 2012 – seems to have fallen off the world’s radar. This is bad news for the Maldives, where a fledgling democracy’s fate is inextricably tied to that of Nasheed. READ MORE

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