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Japan: Abe's Election Gamble

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to call an early general election for December 14, 2014 is aimed at renewing his mandate to pursue his 'Abenomics' programme, while taking advantage of...

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Global Economic Growth Facing Headwinds

There is increasing evidence that global growth is stuttering, with recent data from the world's largest economies suggesting that Q2 2014 expansion may have been worse than originally thought....

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The Short Distance To A Global War Scare

The distance to a truly global geopolitical crisis is not as far as most people would think. In recent years, we have seen several regional crises, but not a truly global one – at least, not since 9/...

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