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CNN Money | EU fights back to neutralize US sanctions against Iran

21 May 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
Multilateral

Europe is fighting back against President Donald Trump's attempt to isolate Iran with new rules aimed at protecting European companies from US sanctions.

"I think [today's move is] definitely a signal to the Iranians that the EU will not give up without a fight with the US," said Thomas Gratowski, an Iran expert at the advisory firm Global Counsel.

CNN Money | Can Europe keep doing business with Iran?

9 May 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
Asia,
Multilateral

President Donald Trump is pulling the US out of the Iran nuclear deal and bringing back harsh economic sanctions. But it's how European governments and companies respond that may matter most.

The EU could use a "blocking regulation" to counteract US sanctions and allow trade to continue. "Not everyone in Europe, especially among European companies, is confident that [this rule would] allow the continuation of business with Iran," said Thomas Gratowski, an Iran expert at the advisory firm Global Counsel. "Its practical value is probably much lower than its symbolic value."

Al Jazeera English | Trade wars and debt: The biggest risks to world economy

21 Apr 2018
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Region: 
Multilateral

A trade war and a new Cold War are threatening to rip apart the global economy. That's the springtime message from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Assessing the IMF's report card, it provided a "fairly positive picture," says Gregor Irwin, chief economist at Global Counsel. "Global prospects are good, one or two clouds on the horizon, concerns about protectionism, concerns about financial vulnerabilities in China."

ISPReview | Industry says UK gov and regulation is key barrier to full fibre rollout

16 Apr 2018
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Region: 
UK

A recent debate of the Digital Infrastructure Panel (hosted by law firm Herbert Smith Freehills), which included representatives from BT, Hyperoptic and Virgin Media, has highlighted government policy and regulation as the key barrier to large-scale investment in “full fibre” broadband.

Geoffrey Norris, Senior Advisor (Global Counsel), said: “Across the UK political class, ambitions and expectations about broadband and 5G are high and rising, and are likely to lead to Governments of whatever political complexion to become more interventionist in the pursuit or realising them".

CNN Money | Sanctions have sent aluminum soaring. That could hurt your wallet

11 Apr 2018
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Regions: 
Russia & CIS,
Americas

US sanctions aimed at punishing Russian oligarchs close to President Vladimir Putin could make your soda habit or luxury car more expensive.

"Businesses just don't want to deal with even a remote risk of getting on the wrong side of US authorities," said Gregor Irwin, chief economist at the political advisory firm Global Counsel.

Food and Drink Federation | A 'hidden hard Brexit' for food and drink exporters?

16 Mar 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

A new report commissioned by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) and the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers (NABIM) from Global Counsel has revealed that the UK's food and drink manufacturing sector could face a hidden 'hard Brexit' once the UK leaves the EU as a result of rules of origin.

Financial Times | Winners and losers in an EU-UK free trade agreement

13 Mar 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

In just a few weeks, Britain will begin what could be the country’s most momentous negotiations since joining the EU in the 1970s: talks on how it will trade with Europe for decades to come.

Regulations, frequently the cause of non-tariffs barriers to trade, still often differ. It is also much more difficult than within the EU to ensure that both sides still stick to the deal. “The fundamental difference is that FTAs are agreements between autonomous regulatory jurisdictions that want to stay autonomous,” says Stephen Adams, a former trade adviser to the European Commission.

The Straits Times | Anbang and China's risky 'grey rhinos'

Author: 
7 Mar 2018
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Regions: 
Asia,
Multilateral

The term ‘grey rhino’ was coined by American economist Michelle Wucker as a metaphor for looming, high probability events with potentially catastrophic consequences, prefaced by clear signs which people tend to ignore. 

In China, the term (which usually refers to events) has been adapted as a label for a number of large, privately-owned companies, such as Anbang, which have gone on a debt-fuelled foreign spending spree in recent years.

Financial Times | Conservative party Remainers sanguine on UK leaving customs union

5 Feb 2018
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Regions: 
EU/Eurozone,
UK

Eurosceptics in the UK’s Conservative party were marking an apparent Brexit victory on Monday after Downing Street said that Britain was “categorically leaving the customs union” while considering two options set out in a “future partnership paper” on customs published last August, both of which have significant shortcomings.

Stephen Adams, a former EU trade negotiator now working at Global Counsel, says this would be “technically phenomenally complicated” and it had another big problem: “It would probably be a bigger undertaking for the EU than the UK.”

Al Jazeera English | WEF 2018: The problem with Davos

27 Jan 2018

Davos, a tiny town in the Swiss mountains, has hosted the annual World Economic Forum for the past 46 years. The rich, powerful and famous mingle over sessions and networking with the stated aim of improving the world.

Gregor Irwin, chief economist at Global Counsel, says "there's inequality between countries and within countries... The global economic system is certainly working for some and it has delivered over the past 10 years an improvement in the living standards of many people. But there are real questions about just how widely shared the benefits are."