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  • Climate change is hugely important. But there is something just as urgent that leaders across Europe need to talk about. This is the necessity to think and act strategically if Europeans are to defend their political, economic, and trade interests. This means taking an unjaundiced look at the condition of the transatlantic relationship, the role of China, and the persistent menacing interference of Russia in the EU.

    Europeans Go to the Polls

    The new members of the European Parliament and leaders of the EU’s institutions need to think strategically if the continent is to defend its political, economic, and security interests

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Governments have been proactive in their efforts to improve framework conditions and address size-related barriers for SMEs. The 36 country profiles in the OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook show that, in the OECD area, governments are focused on accelerating innovation diffusion to SMEs; ensuring SMEs keep pace with the digital transformation; engaging SMEs in upskilling; scaling-up innovation networks and MNE-SME linkages; and levelling the playing field in product markets, public procurement and ‘lead’ innovative markets.

SMEs are driving job growth, but need higher investment in skills, innovation and tech to boost wages and productivity

36 country profiles in new OECD report highlight progress and potential for improvement

It is difficult to know anymore what to expect when countries undergo changes – the West is no better example either, with the unexpected and unmanaged rise of populism and Euroscepticism, which only now we are addressing and it is a tough process. So when such significant changes happen in Kazakhstan and the international economic community credits you with continued support, that is significant.Second, we see a current president running to be confirmed in office, that has relevant personal and professional ties not only with two of the great powers of the world - but also the two bigger and more powerful neighbours - both of whom vie for the attention, economic and demographic opportunity, and territorial access of Kazakhstan.

KAZAKH PROSPECTS: stability, continuity, security

There is nothing like an unmanaged transition of the leadership of a large or populous country to remind us how important it is both internally and internationally that change is good, but quakes are not so good

Weber believes that heads of state and government of the European Union should propose him to the European Parliament as Jean-Claude Juncker’s successor. This position should go to the successful spitzenkandidat of the strongest political group.But Weber and his political friends are making two mistakes in their calculations. On the one hand, they overlook the fact that the key passage of the Lisbon Treaty is vague. On the other hand, the mood in Europe has changed. Germany no longer has the support it once had, as they have acted as permanent ‘blockers’ and ‘objectors’.

Why Manfred Weber will probably not be elected

It is unlikely that Manfred Weber will become the president of the next European Commission. This is also because Germany has often acted as a ‘blocker’

Taiwan Representative Harry Tseng headed up the procession. His message was: “We’re taking to the streets to demonstrate that Taiwan is a democratic, free, law-based and human-rights respecting nation, a like-minded partner for the EU. At the same time we call on the international community to recognise the political pressure that Taiwan operates under, which even now is preventing it from participating in the World Health Assembly.”

“Walk With Taiwan” for its participation in World Health Organisation

The World Health Assembly (WHA) will be held on May 20th. Taiwan has not been invited to participate under pressure from China. This in contravention of the WHO constitutional statement that health is a human right

The changes at Richer Sounds do not mean the Yorkshire-based entrepreneur, who is currently advising Marks & Spencer on how to change its dysfunctional business culture, is about to retire.He is financing Taxwatch, a non-profit organisation which pores over the opaque finances of multinational companies, and is considering funding a test case against zero-hours contracts.

Richer Sounds founder hands over control of hi-fi and TV firm to staff

Chain joins John Lewis in employee ownership as staff get £1,000 for each year they have worked

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