from The Great Debate:

Is Russia’s conflict with Ukraine really about trade? If so, this might help.

By Christian Friis Bach
March 6, 2015

Ukraine's President Poroshenko is seen on a tv monitors as he addresses both European and Ukrainian parliaments during a live videoconference between Kiev and Strasbourg

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is on TV monitors as he addresses both European and Ukrainian parliaments during a live video conference between Kiev and Strasbourg, before a vote on the EU-Ukraine Association agreement at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, September 16, 2014. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

from MacroScope:

Tsipras not for turning

By Mike Peacock
February 9, 2015

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras delivers his first major speech in parliament in Athens

Alexis Tsipras is not for turning, not yet anyway.

Speaking in parliament on Sunday night the new Greek premier said he would not accept an extension to Greece's current bailout, something the euro zone is urging him to do, and stuck with austerity-ending pledges such as giving free food and electricity to those who need it, reinstating civil servants who had been fired as part of bailout conditions and raising the minimum wage. Privatisations have already been halted.

from The Great Debate:

Twenty years in and bogged down, what’s the way forward for the WTO?

By Michael Froman
January 22, 2015

Delegates speaks arrives for a special meeting of the General Council Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation at the WTO in Geneva

Delegates arrives for a special meeting of the General Council Preparatory Committee on Trade Facilitation at the World Trade Organization (WTO) headquarters in Geneva, Nov. 27, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

from MacroScope:

Davos faces now customary global uncertainty

By Mike Peacock
January 21, 2015

Swiss special police officers observe the surrounding area from atop the roof of Davos Congress Hotel in Davos

The great and good are in Davos facing a rather uncertain landscape yet again (‘twas ever thus for the last seven years).

from MacroScope:

EU talks investment, Germany balances budget

By Mike Peacock
January 13, 2015

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The European Commission will unveil legislative proposals for its 315 billion euro investment plan and the findings of a public consultation on the investment elements of a planned EU-U.S. free trade deal which could significantly boost growth.

from Breakingviews:

Review: Trade can bring war

By Guest Contributor
January 9, 2015

By Edward Chancellor

The author is a guest columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Few doubt that international trade usually increases the wealth of nations. Does it also bring peace? Many think so, but economic historian James Macdonald points out in “When Globalization Fails: The Rise and Fall of Pax Americana” that the last high point of globalization ended just over a century ago in a devastating world war – between countries which were also each other’s largest trading partners.

from Breakingviews:

Rock star Modi needs more business-friendly riff

By kateduguid
September 29, 2014

By Kate Duguid

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own. 

from MacroScope:

Q3 rebound but at cost of price cutting?

By Mike Peacock
August 1, 2014

A woman walks past a shop in Madrid

Manufacturing PMI surveys across the euro zone and for Britain are due. The emerging pattern is of an improving third quarter after a generally poor second three months of the year.

from MacroScope:

Euro zone inflation to fall further?

By Mike Peacock
July 31, 2014

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Euro zone inflation is the big figure of the day. The consensus forecast is it for hold at a paltry 0.5 percent. Germany’s rate came in as predicted at 0.8 percent on Wednesday but Spain’s was well short at -0.3 percent. So there is clearly a risk that inflation for the currency bloc as a whole falls even further.

from The Great Debate:

Clashes with Russia point to globalization’s end

By Mark Leonard
July 30, 2014

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As the European Union and the United States ramp up their sanctions on Russia, President Vladimir Putin’s plans for retaliation seem to include an attack on McDonald’s. There could not be a more powerful symbol that geopolitics is increasingly undoing the globalization of the world economy.