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The Global Competitiveness Report 2019 is a much-needed economic compass, building on 40 years of experience of benchmarking the drivers of long-term competitiveness and integrating the latest learnings about the factors of future productivity

5 trends in the global economy – and their implications for economic policymakers

Global imperative ... the transition to a greener and more equal economy is within our grasp.

EU has taken some initiatives that link trade relations with human rights and environmental objectives.

Fair enough? The EU’s guilty neglect of fair trade

EU policy makers need to stop conflating free trade with fair trade and instead promote trade deals and radical trade reforms that will genuinely deliver trade justice, write Jan Orbie and Deborah Martens

The EU’s largest economies, Germany and France, have proposed watering down competition rules and the European Commission’s authority, in order to facilitate the surge of European champions.

Europe seeks a comprehensive strategy to lift its competitiveness

The dominance of US firms and Chinese companies in the digital world has sounded the alarm bells in Europe. EU and national officials have agreed that the competitiveness of European firms requires a comprehensive strategy that goes beyond easing the bloc’s competition rules

Power to the citizens: Nearly half (45%) of all citizens want a more direct say in the EU’s decisions – and what they want is an online voting and debating platform on EU-wide policies.

If the EU disappeared, would anyone care?

Despite the largest voter turnout in the European elections, 60% of Europeans aren’t sure they would miss the EU if it were gone

No country is immune from disaster displacement. The IDMC has recorded it in 190 countries and in 2018, with more than a million displaced people, the US was behind only India, China and the Philippines.

The world is facing more disasters. This is how data can help us reduce that risk

Risk is an everyday feature of our lives. How we react to it, who pays and who benefits, reveals much about our societies and their values

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Knowing when – and how – to appropriately speak out on political issues is becoming a core skill for business leaders.

Management

A New Framework for Corporate Activism

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

As the chaos and uncertainty of Brexit continues, the impact on UK business is starting to bite

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Work-life balance and its connection to gender equality is a special focus of this year’s Index. Parental leave is one of the important policy measures to support parents who balance caring duties with work but it is not available to all. In the EU, 28 % of women and 20 % of men are ineligible for parental leave.

Europe

Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The EU continues its snail’s pace when it comes to gender equality progress. The latest Gender Equality Index from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows that the EU’s score for gender equality is up just one point to 67.4, since the 2017 edition

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Bold new professional aspirations often freeze us in our tracks.

Management

Seven Ways to Overcome the Fear of Making a Career Change

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

’’I was afraid I would fail,” explained Sean Lafleur, a former Google executive who went on to found a consulting and coaching firm, during a presentation at a recent career conference organised by the INSEAD Alumni Association France.’’

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Τhe process of “Europeanizing” of this troubled region requires tough structural reforms on the part of the countries in the Western Balkans.

Europe

Western Balkans: Europe’s Front Yard

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

An important decision will be taken by the European Council regarding the future of EU integration for Albania and North Macedonia

Justin Trudeau says he remains the best option for Canadians who want a progressive government, but he can no longer campaign as an outsider on a promise of change.

World

Get Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a second term in office or are his days numbered?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Canadians will be going to the polls on October 21, to decide whether to give Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a second term in office

President Leitl recently visited the US, where he spoke with, among others, Bill Keating (Chair of the Europe subcommittee of the House), Daniel Mullaney (US Trade Representative for Europe), IMF Chief economist Gita Gopinath and World Bank VP Karin Finkelstone.

Analyses

Christoph Leitl re-elected as President of EUROCHAMBRES: ‘Politicians can define goals, but companies can realise them’

Friday, October 11, 2019

Christoph Leitl is re-elected as President of EUROCHAMBRES for a new term (2020-22) during the 126th Plenary Assembly – Board of Directors

In 2017, Taiwan’s police agency made 130 requests to other countries seeking information or assistance in investigations, but received responses in only 46 cases. This demonstrates that only by participating in INTERPOL will Taiwan be able to surmount political interference and acquire timely and complete criminal information, safeguard border security, enforce law and order, and engage in closer cooperation with police agencies worldwide to combat cross-border crime.

World

Taiwan cannot be absent from the global fight against transnational crime

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The World Drug Report 2018 published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) pointed out that North America, East Asia and Southeast Asia are key regions in the production and consumption of amphetamine

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It should also be emphasized that a censure based purely on national security concerns has potential bipartisan appeal. Not only is it subsequently harder to run on “America First” once you have been censured for profound neglect of this most critical of presidential duties, it is also emphasizes a key reason for impeachment (to avoid ongoing risks to the nation’s security).

World

Censuring Trump in the Age of Disinformation

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Why censuring Trump matters and what it accomplishes

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The truth is simple: teenagers today are changing our world – for the better. They are informed, committed and proactive. They have adult responsibilities and are actively contributing to society, politics and the economy. Also, long after all of us have gone, it’s teenagers who will have to live with the consequences of climate change, dirty oceans, extremism, wars and violence.

Analyses

They are changing our world: let’s give the vote to 16-year-olds

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

They’re tough, they’re outspoken and they’re everywhere

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Cities’ digital infrastructure is often outdated and under-resourced - which makes them soft targets for cybercriminals.

Analyses

Cities are easy prey for cybercriminals. Here’s how they can fight back

Friday, October 4, 2019

Make no mistake: the world is in the early stages of a techno-war against city governments and urban infrastructure. And while some cities have bolstered their capabilities to patch their vulnerabilities, they are entirely unprepared for the scale of cyberthreats that are coming

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The Eastmed Energy Leadership Summit has been an initiative aimed at promoting the strategic significance of the Eastern Mediterranean as an energy hub and an area of cooperation or confrontation. The Summit was attended by important politicians, energy experts and academic from US, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and other countries of the region who illuminated the various aspects of energy developments in the Eastmed area.

Events

First Annual Eastern Mediterranean Energy Leadership Summit

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Transantlantic Leadership Network and the Master Program in Energy, Strategy, Law and Economics of the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Piraeus organized the 1st Annual EastMed Energy Leadership Summit, on October 1-2

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The four industrial revolutions overlay and sometimes we move back to previous inventions, like the sail in ocean shipping.

World

Fourth Industrial Revolution: What’s Next?

Friday, October 4, 2019

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is the accelerated development and convergence of the physical, digital and biological spheres

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Editor’s Column

The Brexit negotiations near to an end…

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

On Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his cabinet that while he could see a ‘pathway’ to a deal, there was ‘still a significant amount of work’ needed to get there

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Europe

If the EU disappeared, would anyone care?

If the EU disappeared, would anyone care?

Despite the largest voter turnout in the European elections, 60% of Europeans aren’t sure they would miss the EU if it were gone

Business

Crowdfunding for Impact?

Crowdfunding for Impact?

Individuals seem increasingly keen to invest in ventures that create social impact, and crowdfunding platforms are making this easier than ever

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