Analysis


    • Year of the virus

      Year of the virus

      Without a shadow of a doubt, 2020 will be remembered around the world as the year of the coronavirus. Way back in February, we wrote that the word of the year would be “coronavirus”. Since there are dozens of human coronaviruses, let me clarify: I am talking about SARS-CoV-2, or the Chinese virus, as the outgoing US president refers to it unscientifically.

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    • Why the shift to electric vehicles risks being derailed

      Why the shift to electric vehicles risks being derailed

      If we are serious about the green transition, it will involve a significant shift in the relationship that humans have with transport: not only less travel and fewer miles, but also different sources of energy and power. Increased public transport, a reduction in air miles and more telework will have to be accompanied by greener modes of individual transport, from bicycles to electric cars.

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    • Merry Covid-19 Christmas

      Merry Covid-19 Christmas

      Christmas is approaching overshadowed by pandemic fears across the globe. Do you know the most common inquiry received by the World Health Organisation (WHO)? Millions asked if Santa has taken a vaccine shot. And this is not a joke. The WHO was forced to come out with an official statement saying that Santa is well and untouched by the virus - the opposite would have been dreadful, having in mind Santa's age.

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    • Putting a spoke in your little brother's wheel

      Putting a spoke in your little brother's wheel

      The intrigue that for months had been surrounding the question whether North Macedonia would start its accession talks with the EU came to a conclusion several days ago with Bulgaria's rather expected and resounding “No”. Or at least “Not yet”. Not before Skopje rethinks its attitude towards Bulgaria.

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    • We will not allow Schengen to fail

      We will not allow Schengen to fail

      It has been 35 years since a number of Member States agreed to remove border controls between themselves. From five countries at the time, the Schengen Area grew to 26, counting 420 million citizens. A whole generation of Europeans grew up with little memory of systematic internal border checks. Border checks have become anecdotal. Many Europeans organised their lives around the freedoms that Schengen offers.

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    • Pandemic makes credit dirt cheap

      Pandemic makes credit dirt cheap

      Do you remember anything about credit ratings? We mean the funny looking numbers and letters that used to make credit cheaper or expensive. Well, we should all forget about that era of financial discipline. With the coronavirus death toll surging to record highs, countries around the globe spurred spending, boosting debt numbers to record levels. No one really cares about ratings anymore.

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    • Go green and pocket a trillion euro

      Go green and pocket a trillion euro

      The investment and industrial future seems to change its nature and direction as green-related funds step up their efforts to reduce global pollution and boost environmental projects. In the past, we were talking about the romantic ambitions of a bunch of ecological fractions. This stream has evolved and now has a key role in the global industrial governing. A whole new generation of fund managers has taken over the global economy. Today if you do not go green, you won't have the cash to afford to exist on the econ map. Politicians have also paved the way to press whole countries and economic sectors to reduce carbon-related emissions and boost green-related projects.

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