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At a strategic level, no one can deny Africa’s towering importance and the short-sightedness of European policies there. Its mineral resources and agricultural potential are vast, and in manpower terms it is already beginning to dwarf China and India.

Why Europe is losing Africa to Moscow and Beijing

Europe is retreating from Africa in what seems likely to be the greatest shift of all in the 21st century’s new era of tectonic geo-political change

Of all the election results, Germany is probably the most worrying. For the first time in the European Parliament’s history, politicians with the most extreme right-wing views, harking back to the 1930s, will sit in the very Chamber that was designed precisely to avoid the resurgence of a right-wing ideology.

A sad reflection that the Social Contract in Europe might be broken, or in urgent need of repair and renewal

By: EBR | Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The atmosphere and tone of the European Union will change, and will be charged by a political battlefield on its values and principles

Strategic partnerships—defined here as relatively loose cooperation frameworks with important regional or global players—are critical. These actors’ comprehensive engagement with the EU in a multilateral context can generate positive outcomes for tackling multifaceted global challenges.

Rethinking the EU’s Strategic Partnerships in Times of Crisis

By: EBR | Thursday, May 9, 2024

Amid the complex and rapidly evolving challenges in global security, the EU is faced with the need to find innovative solutions through collaboration with key global players within a multilateral framework

With the specter of a return of Trump to the White House, the conversation on European defense has moved from “whether” to “how.”

Will Macron’s Vision for European Defense Gain Traction?

By: EBR | Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Amid Russia’s aggression and uncertainty around U.S. leadership, Macron is right to call for Europe’s self-reliance in defense

At this point, it is worth reflecting and returning to the analysis and study of the behaviour of the Consumer who has the inalienable and sovereign right to freely choose one among many other alternative products.

The unequal battle of inflation and the appropriate sustainable solution

By: EBR | Friday, March 22, 2024

The forecasts for the development of inflation in our country are not particularly encouraging as it will continue its downward trend for the current year

Such investments will not only strengthen the stability of its gold and foreign exchange reserves but will also allow the central bank to earn on the exchange rate difference. Even more than on gold.

Buying of cryptocurrencies by Central Banks – Myth or Reality?

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Cryptocurrency markets have now entered a bull run as Bitcoin has set a new record high, passing the mark of $69,300 per bitcoin, and heading for even greater heights


The liberal Renew Europe group in the European Parliament could lose around 15 seats, entering a neck-to-neck race with national-conservative ECR and far-right ID groups for fourth or fifth place.

EU liberals gear up to campaign against von der Leyen

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 19, 2024

European liberal forces will be warming up for an electoral battle against Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Germany’s Social Democrat Chancellor Olaf Scholz is mired in a dispute with his coalition partners and the main conservative opposition, the Christian Democrats (CDU), about whether or not to send Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine.

Germany Must Tackle the Crisis of Trust in Europe

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Berlin and Paris are squabbling over how to support Ukraine

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

By: EBR | Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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

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