José Manuel Barroso’s years as he completes his terms as the EC head

The outgoing president of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso said he sees EU stronger after euro debt crisis. Would you agree or not, and why? Read few comments.

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Poland: A success story?

The story of Poland in the last years, despite the economic (and in many EU countries also political) crisis in the EU, is widely perceived as a success story. How much do you agree, what is this success based on?  Do you see also some weak spots and future challenges? Read few comments.

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Irregular quote of the day

Martin Sandbu, economics leader writer for the Financial Times in “The euro is a scapegoat for the blunders of politicians.”

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Are Deng Xiaoping cats still catching mice in China?

Paramount leader Deng Xiaoping would be 110 today.

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Egypt: Does new Suez Canal make sense?

Does Egypt need project on new Suez Canal, could it lead to boosting of the economy or maybe the government should pay more attention to other sectors of the Egyptian economy? Read few comments.

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Who may benefit from Western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine?

With Western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine may China and other emerging economies benefit from this circumstances? How this may work for them and what it means for Russia? Read few comments.

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What’s next for EU sanctions? How hard will be Russia hit?

According to EU proposal regarding sanctions against Russia new measure will “prohibit any EU persons from investing in debt, equity and similar financial instruments with a maturity higher than 90 days, issued by state-owned Russian financial institutions…anywhere in the world.” Is this a step that could hit Russia hard, or not and why? Read few comments.

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