Analysis

UK Election Takeaways

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6 May 2015
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Region: 
UK

The UK election campaign may have been boring, but it has revealed quite a bit about the current state of British politics and the prospects for the next government regardless of who wins. This note identifies eight important takeaways. Some of these are about policy. We now know a lot more...

Why Iran may need to open quickly if Iran is to open up at all

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15 Apr 2015
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Region: 
Multilateral

The political framework agreed by Iran and the P5+1 on 2 April is a major milestone towards a comprehensive nuclear deal that could stop a military conflict in the Middle East and open up Iran’s large consumer market and energy sector to outside investment. The negotiators still have much work...

Spain: four party politics

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2 Apr 2015
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Region: 
EU/Eurozone

At the end of 2015 the Spanish government of Mariano Rajoy will face re-election. Andalusia’s regional elections last week provided further evidence that this will not be a two, but rather a four party contest. Rajoy’s government already faces a big problem of converting a creditable economic...

An Uber problem with Chinese characteristics: Beijing and the market for taxis

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21 Jan 2015
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Region: 
Asia

Strikes by taxi drivers against disruptive taxi apps such as Uber have become a common occurrence around the world in recent months, including last week across a number of major cities in China. However in China, striking taxi drivers were not protesting against but for a freer market. Their...