LISBOA| By José Alves | Capital Madrid| How the European Union prevents Russia from accessing strategic sectors, but when it comes to China the governments just seem to look away and open the door.
WASHINGTON | The key aspect of the sequester will be noticed in some other form–34 percent of the States’ budget comes from the Federal Government. Now, those transfers are going to be cut because of the sequester.
NEW YORK | Obama didn’t manage to resume the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis because there was nothing to resume. The surprise is that his trip did work to boost Israel-Turkey relations.
India can only progress if it buries the ghosts of Nehru and Indira.
by Jean Abinader | Jobs and meaningful employment are demands highlighted by the Arab Uprisings that will not go away. Governments are struggling to recast technical and vocational training into effective vehicles for preparing market-ready youth.
BEIJING | In his last speech the outgoing Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao, acknowledged the social challenges China is dangerously facing. The new leadership will have to deal with local governments and State Owned Enterprises ready to defend their current status quo and likely to be sceptical about any form of reform.
By Bulent Temel | Social democracy promoted by the late Harvard political economist John K. Galbraith is the future of capitalism with its emphasis on equity and responsibility alongside prosperity.
By CaixaBank research | Analysts expect domestic demand will continue to support growth in 2013.
By CaixaBank analysts | The reduction in doubtful loans, easier financial conditions and creation of households will continue to support the recovery in housing. But persistently low participation in employment is a source of risk for 2013.
MADRID | Europe is unable to deliver growth on its own. By sticking to fiscal virtue, no matter the price as Ms Merkel has recently voiced, it lacks enough stamina to get out of the current recession.