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Like the TTIP, Obama’s TPP is too confidential

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220 words US President Barack Obama is having a hard time convincing the Congress to give him authority to “fast track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 5-year-old ongoing negotiation with Japan, Canada and 8 other countries over the signing ...

$800M non-oil Dutch investment in Azerbaijan

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137 words Officials and around 50 business people from the Netherlands and Azerbaijan took part in the bilateral business forum held on April 23, 2015 in Maastricht. According to Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Economy and Industry, 125 companies with Dutch ...

Unemployment reached a new high in France

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140 words Favorable international trends should have contributed to French President François Hollande policies’ success. But for now the French economy is multiplying the unemployed now totaling 3.51 million people and increasing 4.9 percent year-on-year (YOY). Hollande and his ...

Argentina seeks strong ties with Russia, China

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126 words President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner and her counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to establish a comprehensive strategic partnership between Argentina and Russia. Economic relations were at the center of bilateral talks in Moscow which resulted in specific developments ...

Africa’s economic migrants will go back home

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320 words According to the World Bank, excluding South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa continued to grow strongly in 2013 with output increasing by 6.0 percent, well above the global gross domestic product (GDP) average of 2.4 percent. “Africa’s poverty rates ...

No oil prices breakout, the same for natural gas

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180 words Working gas in storage was up at 1,629 billion cubic feet (Bcf) as of April 17, 2015, according to the US Energy Information Agency (EIA) estimates. Stocks were thus 737 Bcf higher than last year at this ...

Why did India buy 36 Rafale instead of 126?

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307 words The decision by the “priest” of the “Made in India” and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to finalize the acquisition of 36 Rafale aircraft built by French supplier Dassault Aviation has been rather unwelcome by both media and ...

Hillary Clinton 2016’s strengths and weaknesses

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473 words On April 12, 2015, former First Lady and Senator (D-NY) Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the US presidency in the 2016 election. Her main strength is obvious: Clinton is – very – ...

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Sudan‘s President Omar al-Bashir was re-elected with 94.5 percent of a vote boycotted by major opposition parties. Simultaneously, Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev won re-election with 97.7 percent of the vote after facing no real challenge from his two rivals.

Riots and looting erupted in Baltimore, USA, after Freddie Gray‘s funeral, causing scenes of civil war and prompting a state of emergency and a city-wide curfew. 25-year-old Gray died a week after his arrest by police forces.

Violent riots are extending between demonstrators and law enforcement forces in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi where opponents to the candidacy of Pierre Nkurunziza for a third mandate went on the streets and protested.

Saudi Arabia finally continued military air strikes in Yemen although it announced its end. With Riyadh’s massing special troops at the border with Yemen, there is fear that the situation degenerates further between the Saudi Kingdom and the Iran-backed Houthis.

French company Capgemini’s stock skyrocketed 7 percent after it announced it will acquire US-based rival IGate and increased revenue by 10.5 percent in Q1 2015 thanks to strong growth in North America.

China now has the second-largest wine-growing area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place, according to figures released by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). However France remains the biggest producer and seller of wine in the world.

“One economic uncertainty stands out, that of continuing UK membership of the EU,” HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint told CNNMoney after he warned the bank could move its HQ out of the UK because of “the regulatory and structural reforms which have been put in place post crisis.” The HSBC has 8,500 employees in London’s Canary Wharf, its biggest office worldwide.

Greece’s is in the eye of a possible new financial storm, yet it does not have adequate online communication means for its policies to be better understood by media and the public opinion. For instance, the press room of Greece’s Ministry of Finance is rather incomplete if not empty. Greece should dedicate a bit more means for its online communication.

EU leaders agreed to mobilize all efforts at their disposal to prevent further loss of life at sea and to tackle the root causes of the human emergency. “The problems we face will not be met with solutions if we deal only with illegal immigration,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has handed Deutsche Bank AG a $340 million fine, its largest ever for LIBOR and EURIBOR-related (collectively known as IBOR) misconduct. “This case stands out for the seriousness and duration of the breaches by Deutsche Bank,” FCA official Georgina Philippou said.

Petrobras presented a loss of $7.18 billion in 2014, in part due to the charges of the Federal Police’s “Operação Lava Jato” anti-corruption investigation. However the group’s oil and natural gas production (in Brazil and abroad) rose by 5% in relation to 2013, reaching an average of 2.699 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe) in 2014.

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