While recent market focus has been centred around the growing trade wars between the US and China and the US and Europe, there are other key events taking place which require consideration. The leaders of the European Union will meet later this week with the European Council meeting on Thursday and the EU summit on Friday to discuss financial re...

2018-06-27 James Harte Read more
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While most of the recent market attention has been on the political situation in Italy, the political environment in Germany has been bubbling over. The historic alliance between the German CDU party (of Chancellor Merkel) and the Bavarian CSU party has become strained to the point of breaking over diverging views on migration policy. CSU Break...

2018-06-20 James Harte Read more
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AfD Surprise Markets And Take Third Place The Euro was trading lower on Monday morning as markets reacted to the results of the German elections, which delivered some surprises. The initial vote count showed that the CDU received 32.9% of the vote with the SPD coming second with 20.7% of the vote, and AfD coming third with 12.9% of the vote. T...

2017-10-22 James Harte Read more
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All Quiet on The German Front The German elections are just two weeks away now and so far, aside from a few personal attacks on CDU’s Merkel by SPD’s Schulz, there has been little excitement to note. Current polling results continue to show a strong lead for the incumbent Chancellor’s party with the SPD in second place. The only real unknown el...

2017-09-13 James Harte Read more
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A former research scientist with a doctorate in physical chemistry, who, reportedly, enjoys making plum pies and used to stay away from politics, is now one of the most powerful women in the world. Angela Merkel, or as Germans call her “Mutti,” mother in German, is now heading all the way to the 4th term as a Chancellor of the Eurozone economic ...

2017-10-03 Kira Vessiari Read more
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The common currency is probably heading into posting a second yearly gain against the British pound. Having rallied close to 2009 highs, the euro is seen taking a breather. The euro, which fell to 2007 levels of 0.70 just a year ago has transformed into a strong rally. The gains in the common currency came despite the eurozone facing the immigr...

2017-09-08 John Benjamin Read more

CDU Leading Comfortable Race The German election campaign continues to tick along as expected with the CDU/CSU maintaining a comfortable lead over the SPD, in second, who are expected to form a coalition government with Merkel’s party following the voting in three weeks’ time. German Election: Introducing The Main Parties – From CDU to AfD Fo...

2017-09-06 James Harte Read more
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The German election race is beginning to heat up as we head into September with Angela Merkel, the current German chancellor, coming under fire from SPD leader Martin Schultz. The new leader of the SPD targeted Merkel in rather a personal way this week accusing her of being “disconnected from reality” and “aloof” as well as attacking her for not...

2017-08-31 James Harte Read more
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With September fast approaching, the focus is likely to temporarily shift from the speculation on the ECB's next monetary policy move to Germany. Unlike the previous elections in the Eurozone, namely the Dutch and French elections, the German elections are not expected to deliver any surprising results. At best, the elections are likely to beco...

2017-08-30 John Benjamin Read more
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Disturbing news are coming (again!) from North Korea, and that brings back the fears of the nuclear war. North Korea launched another ballistic rocket, which flew over Japan’s airspace and fell in the ocean. Such act by North Korea has led the US, Japan, and South Korea to call for an emergency meeting of the US security council and the safe ha...

2017-08-29 Nour Eldeen Al-Hammoury Read more