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TTIP and You (Part 2): The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s impact on U.S. SMEs

In last week’s blog, we looked at what TTIP is meant to achieve on a macro scale, as well as examining its impact on Ireland’s business community. In this continuation of that piece, we’ll be looking at what the agreement means for different sectors of the United States’ economy, and particularly what it means for Read more about TTIP and You (Part 2): The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership’s impact on U.S. SMEs[…]

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Health Food might just have the Shelf Life for Global Impact

Trend or Revolution? Skyr, amaranth, kefir, matcha powder…the names of the “superfood” of the week can leave anyone scratching their head. However, what might seem like a marketing trend of recent times is actually gaining traction for being more of a revolution in global health consciousness. While 99% of readers might have never heard of Read more about Health Food might just have the Shelf Life for Global Impact[…]

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Bitcoin Weathers the Digital Currency Storm

Current State of Bitcoin Digital currency, once a pioneering industry, is now saturated with a multitude of offerings from the notorious Bitcoin, to newcomers like Zcash. However, when Bitcoin reached its peak price point in late 2013, its supremacy and growing legitimacy brought optimism to the long-term prospects of digital currency. Bitcoin now (16/2/16) sits Read more about Bitcoin Weathers the Digital Currency Storm[…]

Oil hits five year low, emerging stocks hammered

(Reuters) – Oil prices fell to their lowest in five years on Monday, hit by slowing factory activity in China and Europe and hammering emerging market stocks and commodity-linkedcurrencies. Plunging prices for oil and other commodities raised fears of deflation, especially in the euro zone and Japan, and the prospect of looser monetary policy pushed the yen to a seven-year low against Read more about Oil hits five year low, emerging stocks hammered[…]

Irish corporate tax system most efficient in Europe, study says

Ireland has the most efficient corporate tax system in Europe with the least red tape, according to a study from PwC and the World Bank. The report found that the effective corporate tax rate in Ireland – the amount of tax paid as a percentage of profits – was 12.4 per cent, close to the Read more about Irish corporate tax system most efficient in Europe, study says[…]

Euro zone trade surplus jumps in September on stronger exports

A surge in exports boosted the euro zone trade surplus in September to more than double the previous month’s value, pointing to a positive contribution from trade to the euro zone’s economic growth in the third quarter. The European Union’s statistics office said that the unadjusted external trade surplus of the 18 countries sharing the Read more about Euro zone trade surplus jumps in September on stronger exports[…]

Emily O’Reilly seeks public opinion on EU trade deal

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has opened a public consultation process on the EU-US trade deal negotiations, arguing that the process could have “a significant impact” on the lives of EU citizens. Ms O’Reilly yesterday opened a six-week consultation process, inviting members of the public and interested parties to register their views on the proposed trade Read more about Emily O’Reilly seeks public opinion on EU trade deal[…]

Credibility meets compromise in Europe’s bank stress test

(Reuters) – When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a “comprehensive assessment” of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis. In practice, a spirit of comprehensive compromise has been just as important. A series of Reuters interviews with officials, bankers and others involved in the European Central Read more about Credibility meets compromise in Europe’s bank stress test[…]

Can Europe wean itself off Russian gas?

By Christian Oliver and Henry Foy The night shift at Agropolychim, Bulgaria’s biggest fertiliser plant, received a fax at 4.30am on January 6 2009 warning that their gas supply was going to be cut off immediately. The engineers demanded four more hours: an instant shutdown would leave a cocktail of explosive chemicals to congeal in the Read more about Can Europe wean itself off Russian gas?[…]

German exports plunge by largest amount in five-and-a-half years

(Reuters) – German exports slumped by 5.8 percent in August, their biggest fall since the height of the global financial crisis in January 2009, in yet another sign that Europe’s largest economyis faltering amid broader euro zone weakness and crises abroad. The Federal Statistics Office said late-falling summer vacations in some German states had contributed to the fall Read more about German exports plunge by largest amount in five-and-a-half years[…]