As the Japanese economy sinks back into recession, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for increased monetary stimulus, a postponement of the next income-tax hike, and a general election to be held on December 14. But with opposition parties posing little threat to the ruling coalition's mandate, what's behind Abe's decision to hold a snap election?
For five years, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been reluctant to support the EU’s troubled economies. Now, with growth in Germany stalling, has the eurozone’s biggest economy (and de facto… read more
APEC's recent summit produced a US-China climate deal and the first meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. But, with territorial disputes in the South… read more
scored big gains in the just-completed European Parliament election.
What impact will the rise of populist forces have on the survival of the
single currency, the lives of… read more
China's economy is slowing, mass protests have roiled Hong Kong, and an unprecedented political purge has made President Xi Jinping perhaps the most powerful ruler since Mao. Can Xi engineer a… read more
As the crises in the Middle East intensify, the prospect of regional
peace and stability seems to be receding further by the day. What
challenges face policymakers as they attempt to contain the… read more