The United States and Europe are poised to create the world’s largest Free Trade Area under the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The negotiations have been underway since July 2013 after the November 2011 US-EU Summit. In February 2014, the EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and the United States Trade Representative Michael Froman met in Washington D.C. to review progress before launching the fourth round of talks in Brussels this month. De […]
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In recent years, there has been a renowned renewal in using sustainability methodology to improve supply chain practices. The average citizen might understandably think of a supply chain as the supplier of goods and services to a company. However, research shows that organizations can enhance their performance by improving the sustainability of their supply chains. There are best practices and key value drivers for sustainable procurement and economic indicators that apply across a number of elements […]
Despite the fact that China’s economy will become increasingly diverse, it still suffers from many problems and affects global markets. Housing prices are sensitive topics in China. The Chinese government should keep its eyes on economic development and draw some lessons from Japanese assets price bubble. The New York Times published statistics in March 2010, indicating that real estate prices increased by over 150% from 2003 to 2010 in Shanghai. A Chinese Government Index in […]
Immigration is an issue that never ceases to surprise. While western Europeans still half-fear the specter of the Polish plumber, it transpires that Poland has become a fully fledged destination country for immigrants in its own right. Why is this? An increasing number of Europeans, especially from southern Europe, are moving to Warsaw and its surrounding areas in search of work. This is a trend that has emerged since 2010, and it has now been […]
The global financial recession triggered serious debate among many countries in revealing the causes behind failures and in innovating affordable solutions. Seeking “transformational” economic growth is very fashionable nowadays bringing to the front-line clean energy and green investments as keys for a better future. And for those countries at the heart of change in the Arab World, the famous “Spring” is bringing a different flavor to the aspired change and reform. In Jordan, attention to […]
After the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union, the newly independent Central Asian nation Uzbekistan has made a lot of progress. However, its achievements are somewhat overshadowed by its shortcomings. As a native of Uzbekistan who has lived through the Soviet regime and early independence years, along with almost a decade in North America and Europe, I found that some important facts are not considered by its critics. For example, much of the criticism toward […]
There’s certainly no denying that David Cameron took a historic step in the right direction last week, becoming the first Prime minister to promise the British people an In/Out referendum on their membership of the European Union. The problem however is that Mr. Cameron was simply not bold enough. We have had promises like this before. He announced that any referendum will be delayed until 2017/2018, half way through the next parliament (assuming that he […]