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Country Report Ethiopia

Ethiopia continues to record robust growth. However, the state-led development model is con-straining the private sector and has resulted, from time to time, in macroeconomic imbalances, and therefore seems unsustainable in the long term.

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Europa moet participatiediscipline opleggen (Dutch)

De Europese regels gaan over begrotings- en financiële stabiliteit, niet over mensen. Deze situatie is slecht voor de toekomst van de Europese economie en ook voor het welzijn van veel Europeanen. Een beleid meer gericht op participatie zou helpen.

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Opvoeden (Dutch)

Opvoeden kan soms knap vermoeiend zijn. Ik moest hieraan denken toen ik de aanbevelingen van de Europese Commissie aan de lidstaten las. Om de lieve vrede te bewaren maar even niet té streng. Maar wat komt er dan terecht van de opvoeding?

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Country Report Nigeria

After a rebasing exercise, Nigeria became the largest economy of Africa. However, this does not reduce Nigeria’s large structural issues, and instability and violence could worsen ahead of elections in 2015.

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De tijdelijke of permanente Matiging (Dutch)

Economen noemen de periode van begin jaren tachtig tot het begin van de financiële crisis ook wel de Grote Matiging: een periode van voorspelbare economische groei, lage volatiliteit en daardoor afnemende risicopercepties. De laatste tijd lijkt er in de wereldeconomie weer iets soortgelijks aan de hand: de nieuwe Grote Matiging. Maar hoe lang gaat die deze keer duren?

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Country Report Egypt

A generous financial lifeline from the GCC countries kept the Egyptian economy afloat in 2013 and will do so again in 2014. However, persistent polarisation of the Egyptian society makes the country’s future highly uncertain.

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Country Report China

China’s housing market has been weakening recently, but exports seem to do rather well. The latest PMIs suggest the country should be able to avoid a hard landing.

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Country Report Croatia

Croatia’s economy is heading for its sixth year of recession, as ongoing deleveraging efforts and structural weaknesses depress growth. Amid worrying public debt dynamics, Croatia’s government increased its fiscal consolidation efforts and adopted some structural reforms.

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Country Report Mexico

Economic growth in 14Q1 was slightly disappointing, but Mexico’s economic outlook is improving considerably, as almost all intended structural reforms are approved. The most important one –energy- is likely to be approved soon.

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Country Report Russia

Due to the Ukraine-Russia conflict, Russia’s economy deteriorated; growth fell and the Ruble depreciated. In recent weeks the situation has improved, but risks remain to the downsize, as we may not exclude additional sanctions from the west.

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Nieuwe werkelijkheid, ander doel (Dutch)

De periode van begin jaren tachtig tot 2007 is inmiddels door economen geboekstaafd als 'de Grote Matiging'. Een periode van gelijkmatige, redelijk voorspelbare economische groei en lage inflatie.

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Country Report Aruba

Although Aruba’s economy grew again in 2013 its economic outlook remains bleak. Government finances in particular are a reason for concern, as Aruba’s deficit is still large, its debt level high and control over public finances weak.

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Country Report Indonesia

The policy focus in Indonesia is on macroeconomic stabilisation, while protectionist policies have been implemented in the past months. Growth is expected to slow to 5.4% in 2014. No major new structural reforms are expected from the next government.

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Country Report Czech Republic

The Czech Republic’s economy is heading for a relatively broad-based recovery, after it emerged from an 18-month recession last year. On the political front, early elections following a major corruption scandal yielded a less eurosceptical cabinet.

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Country Report Philippines

The institutional quality of the Philippines has improved in recent years, while growth has been relatively high. On the political front, the peace agreement with the MILF bodes well for stability, but relations with China remain poor.