Strategic partnerships: A new toolkit for business and statecraft

Two major deals were concluded last June, one between Alibaba and Unilever, and the other between Australia and Singapore. What is common between them? Their labelling: both deals are called ‘strategic partnership’. On 19 June, Alibaba (the giant Chinese e-commerce company) and Unilever (the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products) signed […]

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Merkel’s choice between bad or worse

For Germans, the Greek crisis is again the single most important political topic. The German government finds itself in a difficult position after the Greek ‘No’ to the financial aid package. Whatever will be the result of the renewed negotiations after Sunday’s summit – a new rescue package, some form of a haircut or debt […]

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The strange alliance between Pope Francis and no logo author on environment and climate change

In the middle of the rising tension in Europe about Greece, the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean and terroristic attacks, another event attracted attention and surprised many observers: Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’, addressing climate change. Yesterday’s press conference for the opening of the meeting People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course organised […]

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The EU’s strategic partnership agreements: balancing geo-economics and geopolitics

The recent annual EU-Japan summit (29 May) confirmed progress in the parallel negotiations over a free trade and a political agreement. It also confirmed the EU’s willingness to deepen and create a stronger framework for cooperation with key global powers. The EU’s relationship with global powers is framed under the label of ‘strategic partnership’ since […]

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TTIP: not just a trade agreement

This is not a free trade agreement and you should not sign it! With these words, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz branded TTIP on 24th of September 2014 during a meeting at the Italian Parliament. As already explained in a previous post, TTIP is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently negotiated between Europe […]

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