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Does NOPEC bill mean oil war? - 02/13/2019

Adoption by the US Congress of an antimonopoly bill against members of the oil cartel looks like a declaration of war. Late last week, the US House of Representatives Committee on Judicial Affairs approved a bill allowing the US Department of Justice to sue OPEC members for manipulating oil prices. The so-called NOPEC law abolishes sovereign immunity and makes oil-producing countries targets for...

Germany narrowly escapes recession - 02/12/2019

Slowdown in the development of the eurozone economy, which began in the first months of 2018 after a very successful previous year, has become by the end of the year. The Italian economy, for example, has been showing negative growth for two quarters in a row; and "yellow vests" sent the French economy into recession. However, economists were most worried about Germany, the first European...

Finland shows first results of basic income experiment - 02/11/2019

Unconditional basic income improves welfare of payees, but does not affect employment - this is the conclusion reached at the Ministry of Social Protection and Health of Finland. Recall, the country was the first to implement a large-scale experiment in this field. It was assumed that preservation of guaranteed social benefits would increase employment in low-wage positions. However, during the...

Di Maio: Ultra-liberal state policy provoked protests in France - 02/11/2019

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio explained the reasons for meeting with representatives of the "yellow vests" in France, stating that, in his opinion, the future of Europe is connected with the ideas voiced by the protest movement. Against the background of the diplomatic scandal between France and Italy, which occurred after the meeting of Di Maio with representatives of the "yellow...

Brexit talks stop at the Irish border - 02/07/2019

The situation around the Brexit agreement is once again heating up on the eve of the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s talks with the authorities of the European Union (EU). The main issue for them will be the border of Great Britain with Ireland and the fate of the backstop mechanism. In the opinion of opponents of its use, the mechanism makes the Brexit procedure itself senseless. Fearing...

What does new France-Germany treaty mean for other Europeans? - 02/06/2019

On January 22, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron signed a new treaty in Aachen to strengthen cooperation based on the current 1963 Élysée Treaty. Under the new Treaty of Aachen, the countries agreed to deepen cooperation in five areas, including the spheres of European and domestic policy, anti-terrorism security and the fight against organized crime, as well as...

Between US and Russia: Saudi Arabia's dangerous game - 02/05/2019

According to many American politicians, Saudi Arabia is taking great risks tacking between Washington and Moscow. Ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia Despite are long-standing and strong allied (suffice it to recall how Trump defended the Saudis after the murder of journalist Khashoggi). However, many American politicians are unhappy with the geopolitical games that Riyadh plays. On...

Top 10 best cities for living - 01/30/2019

The Economist Intelligence Unit experts ranked cities in terms of convenience for living. The study examined 140 cities around the world, and assessed them basing on various criteria, including stability, health, culture, the environment, as well as level of development of education and infrastructure. Below are the 10 most livable cities in the world. 10. Adelaide, Australia Points: 96.6...

Riyadh is not going to increase oil production due to sanctions against PDVSA - 01/30/2019

Saudi Arabia has no plans to increase oil production in the light of the introduction of US sanctions against the Venezuelan state-owned company PDVSA, The Wall Street Journal reported. According to sources in the kingdom, Riyadh is not currently going to increase production volumes, as it was in the case with Washington declaring restrictions on Iran’s oil industry. "Last time, when the US...

How does Rhine River affect German economy? - 01/29/2019

Last year was not easy for the main European economy. The economy of Germany resisted, but it was in a fever, and in the second half of the year it almost slipped into recession. In addition to well-known issues, there are problems that are less known and noticeable. One of them is the German rivers, which were shallowed in the summer of 2018, which, according to calculations by JPMorgan...
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