World Economy

Andrew Rawnsley’s A to Z of Brexit

From endangered raspberries to stroppy peers, the road to EU divorce is littered with potential obstacles and pitfalls. Here are some of them<p>A IS FOR ASTRONAUTS<p>Space, the final frontier. As a contingency against Brexit going horribly wrong, the government hopes to go where no government has gone …

Brexit

Time may be nearing for ECB stimulus exit: Weidmann - paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The time may be nearing for the European Central Bank to start discussing the end of unprecedented stimulus as growth and …

World News

France's Macron to back push for global environment rights pact

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron promised on Saturday to play an active role in a campaign aimed at securing a global pact to protect the human right to a clean and healthy environment.<p>He made the pledge at a meeting at Sorbonne University where politicians, legal experts and …

Globalization

'Making the Impossible Possible': In Loving Memory of Lucia Grenna

<i>[Editor's note: I'm still in shock after hearing the news that Lucia Grenna passed away in her sleep last week. When we first met in April of 2014 at</i> …

Climate

Retooling the workforce

Koldo Mentxaka was always considered the “brains” in the family. So it was no surprise when he, the oldest of four brothers, completed a university …

World Trade Organization

$500m unexplained Mozambique govt spending: prosecutor

Maputo - Mozambican officials have launched an investigation after an audit raised questions over $500m of secret government loans, the country's …

World Bank

Trudeau: Trump does listen, NAFTA will remain

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said that--contrary to public perception-- President Trump does in fact listen to opposing views.<p>Once the crowd in Toronto stopped laughing, Trudeau continued, "No, I can understand the laughter but there's a lot of politicians who have a deep, …

NAFTA

Why Robots Should Inspire Hope, Not Fear

<i>By Stephan Howeg</i><p>The future of work looks full of promise. Combining human brainpower with artificial intelligence, virtual reality and automatization will revolutionise how we work. Already, robotic enhancement is helping humans exceed their natural capabilities; AI is opening the door to …

World Economic Forum

Layoffs start next month at the Carrier plant Trump “saved” last winter

And the Ford Focus is moving to China rather than Mexico. Oops.<p>The Carrier plant in Indianapolis that Donald Trump mentioned frequently on the campaign trail and famously returned to during the transition is preparing to lay off 600 manufacturing workers next month, according to CNBC’s Scott Cohn, …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

How A New Generation Of Machines Will 'See' Like Humans

Much has been written and discussed about the merging of the physical, digital and biological worlds with machines. Artificial intelligence has become a catch-all description for replicating something inherently human and embedding it in man-made systems that can perhaps function better, if not at …

World Economic Forum

China is no protectionist: US experts

WASHINGTON - In the midst of mounting accusations of China's trade policies by US officials, renowned experts at a leading US think tank said China's …

World Trade Organization

EU promises tough line on U.S., China while pushing for free trade

| BRUSSELS<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that Europe would react in kind if the United States did not play fair in trade, while EU leaders also agreed to consider screening investments by state-owned Chinese firms.<p>The 28 EU leaders signed up to a …

Free Trade

How Free Trade Agreements Affect You, Even If They Don’t Affect Your Country

In this increasingly connected world, the number of trade agreements is expanding globally, not contracting, despite political rhetoric. Evaluating …

Globalization

News Highlights: Top Global Markets News of the Day

U.S. Stocks on Track for Weekly Gains<p>U.S. stocks were on track to post weekly gains, as a rise in health-care stocks offset a drop in energy companies.<p>New-Home Sales Rise in May as Prices Hit Record Level<p>New-home sales rose in May and prices hit a record, more evidence of a housing market …

Globalization

GE's Rice on Global Economy, New CEO, Pension

John Rice, vice chairman at General Electric, discusses the strengths and weaknesses in the global economy, incoming CEO John Flannery, the pension …

Globalization

Jailing Barclays bankers won’t save us from another financial crash

Nine years after the global economy almost imploded, bankers are finally in the dock. But we are still at great risk of a banking calamity<p>If you had told people in the City at the height of the financial crash in 2008 that it would take almost nine years for the first top bankers to face …

Dodd-Frank

Asia Will Lead Global Bull Market For The Next 12 Months

Asian markets are the place to invest to make the most money in the global bull market for at least the next 6-12 months.<p>Asia has distinctly …

Trading

Trump Wants to Protect US Industry. Here’s Why He Shouldn’t Be Concerned About Steel Imports.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was expected to conclude an investigation this week into whether steel imports pose a national security threat to the …

World Trade Organization

News Highlights: Top Global Markets News of the Day

Global Markets: China Stocks Fall as Deal Makers' Borrowing Probed<p>Increased regulatory scrutiny over the borrowings of China's most prolific overseas deal makers weighed on mainland markets, as trading elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region was lackluster.<p>Brexit's Impact on Markets: One Year …

Globalization

UK to maintain duty-free access for developing countries after Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it will maintain duty-free access to its markets once it has left the European Union for goods from nearly 50 …

Brexit

Living with climate change: Turning the corner

HUMANITY’S appetite for energy has driven up the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. But here’s the good news: last year, emissions from …

World Economic Forum

Sieren's China: Together in the rain

The ECB has approved the yuan as a reserve currency. This is a symbolic but historic step for China, which can now establish its currency in Europe …

World News

Off-road training camp teaches how to ride motorcycles safely

If you’ve ever had to drive a motorcycle around the Philippines you’ve probably encountered unpaved roads. In fact, more than 93% of barangay …

World Economic Forum

Brexit in numbers: a year on, these are the statistics behind Britain leaving the EU

A year ago today, Britons were called upon to determine the future of the country in Europe with a tick in a box.<p>Voters pulled all-nighters, waiting …

Brexit

Brad Wall to extol free trade in meetings with western governors next week

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he’ll be reiterating a message about the importance of free trade when he attends a meeting of governors from …

NAFTA

U.S. Democrat sees bipartisan support for corporate tax reform

| WASHINGTON<p>U.S. President Donald Trump could find Democratic support for a corporate tax reform package if a comprehensive tax code overhaul runs aground over Republican infighting, a Democratic lawmaker told Reuters on Friday.<p>Representative John Yarmuth, top Democrat on the House of …

U.S. Congress

‘A euphoric mood’ – economists react to eurozone PMI

Economic activity in the eurozone pulled back from a six-year high this month, but the bloc’s brightening economic recovery is showing little signs …

PMI

Euro zone stays on growth road, hitting occasional bump

| LONDON<p>Evidence built on Friday that the sturdy improvement in euro zone economic growth touted by the European Central Bank is in place -- albeit with some wobbles.<p>Cruising speed, not acceleration, Morgan Stanley economists said.<p>Surveys of purchasing managers' plans in the euro zone, Germany and …

European Union

A year after Brexit vote, European and UK shares diverge

| LONDON<p>Another wobble in commodity-related shares saw British blue chips extend their underperformance against continental European peers on Friday, a year on from Britain's vote to leave the European Union.<p>Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.3 percent to 7,413.33 points, weighed down by weakness in mining …

Brexit

Why governance will soon trump all for emerging market investors

The division with developed markets is fraying as quality of oversight takes precedence<p>As regular readers will know, the markets’ biggest event of …

Markets