by John Larsen, Kate Larsen and Whitney Ketchum | October 6, 2014 At the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the United States committed to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the range of 17% below 2005 levels by 2020. Halfway to that 2020 deadline, the Obama Administration has adopted or announced a number of ...
by Jacob Funk Kirkegaard | October 1, 2014 The European Central Bank (ECB) is reportedly on the cusp of another round of euro area sovereign bond purchases. Proponents of such a move say it is necessary if the ECB is to grow its balance sheet by the €750 billion to €1 trillion signaled ...
by Jacob Funk Kirkegaard | September 23, 2014 The 55 percent majority that rejected Scottish independence was perhaps not so lopsided as to banish all Scottish nationalist dreams of another vote someday. But it was more decisive than many opinion polls had predicted. At least 10 lessons can be drawn from the process. ...
by Jacob Funk Kirkegaard | September 4, 2014 Recent polls suggest that support for Scottish independence is growing, and the once comfortable lead by opponents has diminished with the approach of the September 18 referendum. The pro–Great Britain supporters lead only 48 to 42 percent, with 10 percent undecided. Suddenly, a victory for the ...
by Jacob Funk Kirkegaard | August 27, 2014 With his third government reshuffle since taking office in 2012, President François Hollande of France has ditched the most prominent left-wing members of his cabinet and acknowledged that a “team of rivals” does not work for a weak president like himself. Facing record low approval ...
by Jacob Funk Kirkegaard | August 22, 2014 European leaders are holding a special summit on August 30 to fill two remaining top EU jobs, and another long night in Brussels could be in the offing. Failure to agree (again) on a successor to Herman van Rompuy, president of the European Council, and Catherine Ashton, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, would expose the leaders to justified ridicule. If they can’t agree on these posts, how will they manage Europe’s deep economic problems?
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