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Wrange Brexit-druiven (Dutch)

Het is vijfeneenhalf jaar na het Brexit-referendum, bijna twee jaar nadat het Verenigd Koninkrijk de Europese Unie daadwerkelijk verliet en ruim een jaar sinds de nieuwe handelsrelatie tussen beide een feit is. Als we de balans opmaken, blijkt het beloofde Brexit-dividend weinig waard.

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Kijk verder dan je oliebol rond is (Dutch)

Hogere voedselprijzen voor Europese consumenten liggen in het verschiet, wat een probleem is voor de lagere inkomensgroepen. Maar de politieke instabiliteit die bij aanhoudende prijsdruk vooral in de minder ontwikkelde delen van de wereld zou kunnen ontstaan, is óók een risico dat Europa aangaat.

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German elections: Green means 'Go'

The Social Democrats are in pole position to lead Germany’s next coalition government, but protracted negotiations seem likely. A best guess is that Scholz will eventually lead a ‘Traffic light’ coalition of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP. There are, however, considerable divides to bridge and it could potentially take months before the successor to Merkel is finally decided.

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Gasflation

US and European natural gas prices have jumped to multi-year highs; to the extent that comparisons with the 1970’s oil crises are perhaps not as far-fetched as some would think.

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Germany: better times ahead?

The German economy will recover quickly, driven by foreign- and pent-up demand. Its traditional unease with soaring prices will be tested. The September election is going to be crucial: Germany faces some tough decisions.

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Implications of the EU China investment deal (CAI)

The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) should improve EU companies’ access to China and ‘level’ the playing field. However, its commitments are ‘weak’ and the envisaged dispute resolution mechanism lacks teeth.

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Brexit: Living apart together

The EU-UK trade agreement marks the start of a complex relationship in which the UK and the EU will have to learn to live together separately. This won’t be without frictions.