EU battlegroups ‘failing’

Europe’s (EU) battlegroup concept is failing because the costs are being borne by those nations providing the troops and equipment rather than by the European Union (EU) as a whole, a senior German official said on 30 November. Speaking at…

A temporary reprieve for OPEC

OPEC has agreed to reduce current production levels in the first such move since the 2008 global financial crisis. The deal marks a major reversal of the “free-for-all” market-share strategy that Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab states have adopted…

World risk: Global risk scenarios

Donald Trump’s win in the US presidential election on November 8th has, at a stroke, prompted a profound change in the geopolitical outlook. Mr Trump is a uniquely difficult figure for international leaders to respond to, for two reasons. First,…