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Panama (Country Report)

Panama's economy continues to rank among the world's fastest growing economies. In order to save future Panama Canal revenues, a sovereign wealth fund has been established, which could strengthen public finances in the long-term.

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Spain (Country Update)

The Spanish government is seriously tackling its financial and economic issues. But the country is currently in a perfect storm of recession, missed budget deficit targets, rising government debt and rising opposition to government policies.

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Portugal (Country Update)

Although Portugal has been very successful in abiding by the conditions of the IMF/EC/ECB troika and therefore has received official financial assistance without delay, the economic and financial situation remains very precarious and uncertain.

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Italy (Country Update)

Italy is taking significant steps to reduce the budget deficit and reform the economy. But the former is being undermined by the return of recession while on the reform front much still needs to be done.

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Ireland (Country Update)

Economic stabilisation and restructuring and recapitalisation of the banking sector have pushed government bond yields for Ireland below those of Italy. But uncertainty remains high, with the economic recovery still far from complete.

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Slovenia (Country Update)

Slovenia is currently experiencing a double-dip recession as a result of fiscal consolidation and banking sector problems. Implementation of the necessary reform plans is still at risk, as pressure from the public and trade unions remains high.

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Mexico (Country Update)

After years of congressional gridlock, Mexico's newly-elected president Enrique Pe?a Nieto has presented a comprehensive structural reform package. While the reforms look promising, he will likely face protracted negotiations with the opposition.

Economic Comment

Grieks akkoord omzeilt hete hangijzers (Dutch)

Het IMF is met de Europese geldschieters overeengekomen om de Griekse overheidsschuld gedeeltelijk te herstructureren. De genomen maatregelen zijn echter een kleine en nog altijd uitermate onzekere stap in de richting van schuldhoudbaarheid.

Economic Comment

Meevallende krimp in het eurogebied (Dutch)

De economische krimp in het eurogebied was in het derde kwartaal iets kleiner dan een kwartaal eerder. Dat is positiever dan wij verwacht hadden. Wij denken dat de krimp in het laatste kwartaal van het jaar weer sterker zal zijn.

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Latvia (Country Report)

Following its very deep recession in 2008/10, Latvia currently belongs to the fastest-growing EU member states. Thanks to its successful austerity strategy and low inflation, the country could join the euro area in 2014.

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Visie op 2013: Wennen aan lagere groei (Dutch)

De Nederlandse economie zal in 2013 nauwelijks groeien (+¦%). Wereldwijd moet de economische groei grotendeels uit de opkomende markten komen. Onder invloed van vooral de eurocrisis zal het mondiale groeiherstel in 2013 beperkt blijven tot 3?%.

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Outlook 2013: Russia and CIS

The outlook for economic growth in Russia and the CIS region for 2013 is mostly unchanged from our 2012 estimates. We discuss the economic policy options to boost economic growth next year. However the uncertain global economic backdrop poses a risk.

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Outlook 2013: Middle East and North Africa

The revolution that shook the Arab world in 2011, continues to affect the region's economic performance and political stability. In addition, the region is sensitive to the ongoing crisis in the eurozone and slowing growth in the rest of the world.

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Outlook 2013: Latin America and Caribbean

While a more challenging external environment has contributed to somewhat slower economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2012, earlier overheating and inflation pressures have abated in most countries.

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Outlook 2013: China

Weakened external demand and only limited growth supporting policies from the Chinese government were the main factors explaining China's slowing growth rate in the first three quarters of 2012. Growth is expected to accelerate this year and in 2013.