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Perfectly timed, one week before the start of the 18th international Climate Conference in Doha, the World Bank issued a dire warning that, without rapid and comprehensive action by the world community, Humanity will have to face a 4°C warmer world by the end of the century. This warning comes only four years after the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The 2012 UN Report on the State of the World Population contains good news. Global population growth is slowing down. For the period 2010-15 the UN expects an annual increase of only 70 million additional human beings compared to 80 millions around the turn of the century. Total fertility will decline to 2, the level… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Switzerland enjoys the fourth highest per capita income on earth, after Luxembourg, Qatar and Norway. It owes its high living standard to long-term political stability, a well-educated population eager to innovate, an open competitive economy and last, not least, small government. Industry continues to be important, comparable to Germany with a share of 23 per… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

EU foreign policy lacks focus. It is fragmented between member states and regional priorities. In its present shape the EU does not have much impact on global affairs. 140 embassies across the world, most of them in Africa busy managing projects, are no substitute for foreign policy. To have more weight the EU should engage… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

After the suspension of the Doha talks on a global round of trade liberalisation under the auspices of the WTO in 2006 many countries have turned to bilateral free trade agreements. So far the EU and USA, the two biggest trading countries, after China,have abstained from negotiating free trade among themselves, preferring to give priority… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Malta is the only peripheral country of the euro-area that has manaoeuvered through the euro-crisis without major bruises. It has been so discreet that few people have noted the country having been part of the EMU for almost five years. Its economy has continued growing at respectable two percent per year since 2010. Its tourism… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

2012 might become a pivotal year in US history. Never before has the country been hit by a such a devastating combination of severe droughts and hurricanes in the very same year, the economic cost of which may run up to some $ 60 billion. For the first time, leading politicians like Michael Bloomberg, the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein