Why Wallonia’s Blocking of CETA is a Concern for the UK

Commentary by Gabriella AKTINS Whilst the negotiation of an EU-Canada trade deal may seem of little significance to the UK in the light of Theresa May’s first EU summit as Prime Minister, the difficulties the EU is facing should be a grave warning for the UK.  Currently, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Canada (CETA) … More Why Wallonia’s Blocking of CETA is a Concern for the UK

The Rise of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Nigel Farage… Why Now?

Commentary by Gabriella ATKINS The 2016 US presidential elections have provided entertainment watching for observant countries.  However, whilst the rise of Donald Trump initially proved diverting, the worrying reality is that Mr Trump is now one of two remaining presidential candidates.  And he isn’t going away.  His performance in the most recent presidential debates might seem … More The Rise of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen and Nigel Farage… Why Now?

The Birth and Growth of the EU-US Shield

Analysis by Danaë LAZARI On 30 May 2016, the European Data Protection Supervisor warned that the EU-US Privacy Shield, an agreement proposed by the Commission to replace the recently-overturned Safe Harbour agreement, was not “robust enough […] to withstand future legal scrutiny”. Although the deal has not been thrown out, these concerns act as a … More The Birth and Growth of the EU-US Shield

US Economic Outlook after the Fed’s Rate Hike

Analysis by Lorenz UNGER Notwithstanding international setbacks, such as the prolonged Euro crisis, plunging oil prices and sagging economic growth in China, the US economy in 2015 fared in line with expectations, with its annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth falling 0.5 % short of its 2.5% target. Irrespective of this flat growth rate, the … More US Economic Outlook after the Fed’s Rate Hike

The Legacy of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Argentina

Analysis by Fiona GESKES This past Sunday saw Argentinians heading to the polling booths to elect a new President.  Whilst the results of this election have led to a surprise run off race in November, on the  anniversary of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s (CFK) first election victory eight years ago, it seems appropriate to take … More The Legacy of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner in Argentina