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The perils on the road to TTIP and the future of the Atlantic Century

The US Congress recently rescued President Obama’s trade agenda from a near-death experience, and the European Parliament reluctantly gave its blessing to move forward on the TTIP negotiations...

Why TPP will be welcomed in Southeast Asia

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are game changing initiatives. By this time next year, TPP will probably be ratified, forming a 12-nation free trade zone of Pacific Rim economies comprising 40% of global GDP. While an important step toward economic integration, the deal also heralds progress in political comity...

The challenge of TTIP, a conversation with Anna Maria Corazza Bildt

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, also known as TTIP, has Europe torn between its need to be more competitive on the global stage and its desire to preserve its high standards – especially in food security and environmental and consumer protection. However, according to Anna Maria Corazza Bilt, it is possible to do both...

Understanding German skepticism towards TTIP

Given that Germany is one of the world's largest exporters, ranked third after China and the US, it is curious that European resistance towards the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP, currently being negotiated) stems to a large extent from Germany...

The UK and blue collar conservatism

After scoring a largely unexpected victory in the last election, David Cameron pushed forward his “blue collar conservatism” agenda by appointing a strikingly diverse and working class-friendly cabinet. In July, the government announced a budget for the “working people” that introduces a national “living wage” aimed at expanding the appeal of the Tories to a bro...

L’Europa centro-orientale tra populismi e frammentazione sociale

In Europa orientale, la classe operaia non è andata in paradiso – per riprendere il titolo del famoso film dei primi anni Settanta...

La transizione francese dalla sinistra operaia alla nuova destra

Un fantasma si aggirava per la Francia negli scorsi decenni: quello dell'operaio, che dopo una lunga stagione di lotte politiche – come dimenticare le occupazioni delle fabbriche che avevano bloccato il paese nel '68 e che avevano fatto pensare allo scoppio di una rivoluzione – avrebbe voltato le spalle al suo passato di sinistra per abbracciare il Front National...

Universal access to energy: the path to sustainable development

Modern energy services are crucial to human well-being and to the development of our world. Access to modern energy services means provision of clean water, sanitation and healthcare as well as reliable and efficient lighting, heating, cooking, mechanical power, transport and telecommunications services...

What does the drop in oil prices mean for the Chinese economy?

Crude oil prices have dropped precipitously since the summer of 2014 thanks to sustained growth in US tight oil supply, OPEC’s decision not to cut production, and weak global demand...

L’Africa in un mondo di prezzi del petrolio moderati

Nel 2007, il prezzo del petrolio era di circa 130 dollari al barile: ai principali produttori in Africa, tra cui la Nigeria, l'Angola e il Gabon, era stato consigliato di strutturare i loro bilanci prendendo un prezzo di riferimento più basso intorno ai 65 dollari al barile...