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France is supporting Ukraine’s NATO membership and explicitly conceptualizing EU enlargement to Ukraine and Moldova as a geopolitical tool.

France and Central Europe Are Converging on Security

France and Central Europe have often stood on opposite sides of European foreign policy debates

The consumer revolution that took place in Great Britain in the 18th century, inextricably linked to the development of retailing, was a dynamic phenomenon with mass characteristics that brought about a series of institutional changes in the political social status quo of Western societies.

Cultural background and entrepreneurial spirit in retail

By: EBR | Friday, February 23, 2024

Country’s cultural background has always been negative to any entrepreneurship initiative, i.e. in the case of retail what prevailed was either the aversion to activity that involved business and the incrimination of profit, or the elevation of the retail job as a transitional phase

And there are other reasons to pass the baton over to the Eastern flank. It’s not only because these countries have increased their defense spending and rightly warned about Russia’s imperialist ambitions under Vladimir Putin.

NATO’s New Boss Should Come From the Eastern Flank

By: EBR | Friday, February 23, 2024

Western Europeans have always held NATO’s top job

But generative AI is only the beginning when it comes to the technology’s potential to impact international relations as well as geopolitical and corporate power.

How the EU Can Navigate the Geopolitics of AI

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 31, 2024

The rapid evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies over the past year has set the stage for intense global competition in capabilities and governance frameworks

Yet Brexit—Britain’s withdrawal from the EU—has, since January 2021, severed formal ties between the UK and the EU in foreign policy.

UK-EU Security Cooperation After Ukraine

By: EBR | Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 brought about unprecedented solidarity across most of the European continent, placing as it did a high value on presenting a common front against President Vladimir Putin’s aggression

The CBE JU is a €2 billion partnership between the EU and the Bio-based Industries Consortium that funds projects advancing competitive circular bio-based industries in Europe.

Bioeconomy projects prove a boon for EU economy

By: EBR | Friday, December 15, 2023

Climate change is an existential risk and depending on fossil resources is only likely to worsen the situation


However, when asked what he felt the solution to the problem was, he said: “Give each of the Arab nations where the refugees are to be found an agreed-upon sum of money for their care and resettlement and then let them handle it.

A UN refugee agency has been perpetuating the problem of Palestinian refugees

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 29, 2023

The current crisis opens a golden opportunity to fix that aberration, at least in Gaza

But what does investment grade recovery mean for businesses and households in simple practical terms?

The breath of the investment grade and the unpredictability of inflation

By: EBR | Wednesday, November 29, 2023

It is certain that the gradual recovery of the investment grade will trigger broader and more favourable developments for both the economic environment and society

It turns out that societies gain advantages when their political leadership includes more women. Countries with greater female representation at the highest levels remove legal inequality between men and women, according to a new report by Women Political Leaders and the Oliver Wyman Forum.

Countries with more women in government are more prosperous

By: EBR | Friday, November 17, 2023

Our governments lack female representation

The Cold War is over – and the Soviet Union is no more. And yet, there is one aspect in which the two Cold War superpowers have become similar. It is a remarkable convergence between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.

Putin’s Russia and Trump’s U.S.: Converging in Resentment?

By: EBR | Friday, November 17, 2023

Russians are frustrated because they lost the Cold War. But why would right-of-center Americans, long proud to be the victors, feel a similarly deep resentment

Despite the modernization, economic growth, increased educational attainment and rising participation of women in the labour force in the 20th century, the gender wage gap persists.

What is the ’unexplained wage gap’ and how can we close it?

By: EBR | Monday, November 13, 2023

Harvard economic historian and labour economist Claudia Goldin became the first solo woman ever to win the Nobel Prize in Economics for her groundbreaking research on the factors behind the gender wage gap

Foreign direct investment (FDI) hit a 20-year record in 2022 with 7.22 billion euros (largely involving real estate, acquisitions and privatizations), the trade deficit narrowed in the January-April 2023 period by 2.42 billion euros reaching 9 billion euros comparing to 11.7 billion euros in the corresponding period of 2022.

Two critical areas in the economy

By: EBR | Friday, November 10, 2023

It is a fact that the economic climate is generally positive, which is confirmed by the continuous upgrades that the Greek economy is undergoing until the so-called investment grade upgrade

“As journalist murders continue to go unpunished in nearly 80% of cases globally, in both democracies and authoritarian countries, the message is clear: journalists are fair game,” said CPJ President Jodie Ginsberg.

Journalist killings in Malta, Greece, Slovakia, Netherlands remain unsolved – report

By: EBR | Friday, November 3, 2023

Full justice has been achieved in fewer than 5% of murders of journalists since 1992, with four unsolved cases in the EU, the media freedom association the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) found in its 2023 Global Impunity Index

If they are left unattended, Europe will not only lurch from crisis to crisis. Its own internal stability will be fundamentally undermined because the bloc’s governments and leaders repeatedly fail to recognize how this latest conflict in the Middle East is weakening the EU.

The Israel-Hamas War Compounds Europe’s Security Challenges

By: EBR | Friday, November 3, 2023

In response to developments in the Middle East, the EU has been weak and divided

The Global Tax Evasion Report 2024 stated that the 2021 agreement, which is still being implemented by national governments, could have generated new tax revenue that equalled nearly 10% of the corporate tax revenue collected worldwide.

Global minimum corporate tax deal ’dramatically weakened’ by loopholes, report warns

By: EBR | Thursday, October 26, 2023

In 2021, more than 140 countries and territories agreed to implement a 15% minimum tax rate on multinational corporations

‘National security’ and ‘natural security’ are inextricably linked, says Zolli, and we need to rethink what security means for the future of the planet and its people.

Climate change is becoming a security issue, says this expert

By: EBR | Friday, October 20, 2023

National security and natural security are inextricably linked in a world where the impacts of climate change are growing, says Andrew Zolli, Chief Impact Officer at Planet

The WTO now expects that the global trade in merchandise will grow just 0.8% in 2023, down from its earlier forecast of 1.7%. It is still expecting a stronger performance in 2024, with its projection of 3.3% growth remaining unchanged.

The WTO has downgraded expectations of global trade in 2023

By: EBR | Thursday, October 12, 2023

A slump in trade that started in the fourth quarter of 2022 has led the World Trade Organization (WTO) to downgrade its expectations of global trade in goods in 2023

For Germany, European security does not end at the NATO borders.

Germany’s Missing Russia Strategy

By: EBR | Thursday, September 21, 2023

Has Russia’s war against Ukraine fundamentally changed the thinking of policymakers in Berlin?

The story of Italian politics over the last 30 years includes the stagnation of the left and center-left.

Italy’s Culture Wars: A General Weighs In

By: EBR | Thursday, September 21, 2023

Anyone curious about the state of Italy’s culture war and its political implications need only look at the story that has dominated the past weeks

Norway, which has established itself as a global leader in the transition to electric mobility, can be a case study in the effectiveness of radical transparency.

Radical transparency is the next phase in the global electric vehicle roll out

By: EBR | Thursday, September 21, 2023

Regulatory demands on radical transparency should be made on countries and manufacturers to help them achieve emission-free car production

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