Eurasia Group’s weekly selection of essential reading for the political-risk junkie — presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.
“EU Immigration: Only the Rich Are Welcome” – Claus Hecking, Spiegel Online
It seems many EU countries have a new product to boost growth — entry into the EU itself. Today, Latvia offers the bargain rate, with a resident permit available for anyone who spends $96,500 on real estate in the country. A recent survey by the immigration department showed that less than a fifth of people taking part in the residence permit program are actually settling permanently in Latvia.
“Ikea at last cracks China market, but success has meant adapting to local ways” – Kim Wall, South China Morning Post
Is Ikea finally succeeding in China? What is the secret behind the company’s growing revenue?