Category: Politics

A No-Confidence Vote for France

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Socialist leader Francois Hollande is likely to be the next president of France, beating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. That’s bad for business, and worse for the French economy.

Sarkozy: ‘Too many foreigners in France’

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BRUSSELS – A combative Nicolas Sarkozy during a TV show on Tuesday (6 March) said there are too many immigrants in France and tried to defend his leadership and economic policy.

Algeria: Daily annouces death of President Bouteflika (UNCONFIRMED)

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Quoting “presidential security sources”, the Algerian information website Algeria Times announced the death of President Abdelaziz Bouteflikaon Wednesday. According to the report, religious affairs minister Bouabdellah Ghlamallah was called urgently to El Mouradia palace. Moreover, the daily said that army units stationed in Algiers’ Ben Aknoun…

Police officer attacked in Brussels while controlling full-veiled woman

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Belga news agency reported on Wednesday that a policeman was injured in Saint-Josse district in the centre of Brussels.  According to the source,the incident erupted as the police patrol demanded man’s wife who was wearing a full Islamic veil to show her face. The man prohibited…

Iraq Financial/Political Risk

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Iraq: risk assessment Sovereign risk Currency risk Banking sector risk Political risk Economic structure risk Country risk August 2011 CCC CCC CC C C CC Stable. Iraq continues to honour its debt commitments, and the Paris Club, Russia and China…

Al-Jazeera: U.S. official advised Gadhafi to use foreign intel, including Israel, to defeat rebels

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Haaretz & DPA: Former U.S. assistant secretary of state David Welch advised the Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi in August on how to overpower rebels fighting to end his 42-year rule, broadcaster Al Jazeera reported Thursday, citing documents found in Tripoli.…

Syria Country Outlook

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POLITICAL STABILITY: The EIU believes that the regime of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, and his ruling Baath party will be unable to retain power in the face of ongoing protests through its current method of heavy-handed repression and superficial reforms.…

Iran Country Outlook

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POLITICAL STABILITY: The EIU expects the two heads of the Iranian regime, the supreme leader (and ultimate religious and political authority), Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the hardline and confrontational president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to retain their posts (although Mr Ahmadinejad will…