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Should Covid-19 Vaccination be Mandatory?

by Sergio Beraldo    20 January    0

Gallup conducted a panel survey in the very days the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was certified as effective. According to the survey, only 63% of Americans agree to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Things are similar in other Western countries. An article published by Nature Medicine (...)


The Brexit Agreement Omitted Financial Services, Decisions on Which Will be Taken in 2021. What do we Expect?

by Gordon Kerr, Cavin O’Driscoll with Enrico Colombatto    13 January    0

The UK’s 2019 current account deficit with the EU was GBP 118 billion. The Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA), commonly referred to as the Brexit agreement, is therefore of greater value to the EU by protecting this imbalance with tariff free trade, than to the UK. However, by excluding (...)


The Italian Financial Novel. Finance as Told by Financial Professionals

by IREF    9 January    0

WP 2021-02. The global financial crisis of 2008 and the sovereign debt crisis of 2011 have raised the salience of finance as a subject of public interest among the Italian public. Banking and financial affairs have become a recurring theme in Italian cultural productions, such as novels and (...)


Far-sighted citizens, short-sighted savers?

by Alexander Fink, Kalle Kappner, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    6 January    0

Young people’s attitudes towards retirement are contradictory: on the one hand, they don’t trust public pay-as-you-go pensions. According to recent surveys, around half of the respondents do not expect significant retirement income from this source. On the other hand, private efforts are (...)


Is Meritocracy all that bad?

by Sergio Beraldo    29 December 2020    0

The term meritocracy describes a social and political context in which merit is the key criterion to evaluate the distribution of rewards. If such distribution reflects individual merit, it is fair. It is unfair in the opposite case. The term was coined in 1958 by British sociologist Michael (...)


A Digital Euro – What is it, What Form Could It Take and When Might It Happen?

by Gordon Kerr, Cavin O’Driscoll with Enrico Colombatto    16 December 2020    0

The concept of central bank issued digital currencies (CBDC) has been around for several years, arguably since bitcoin became established around 2015. The topic is now very hot even in Europe, with Sweden planning to launch a retail focussed e-krona in 2021. Switzerland is also working on this (...)


Is a CNN/FOX world inevitable?

by Luigi Curini    9 December 2020    0

Two distinct patterns have been characterizing the news media landscape lately, First, according to the World Press Trends data, for example, daily print newspaper circulation between 2012 and 2017 has declined by 20 percent in Europe, 12 percent in North America, and 31 percent in Oceania. Of (...)


Corona vaccine: volunteers first, even without approval!

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz    1 December 2020    0

Good news in the fight against the Corona pandemic have accompanied us during the last few weeks. On November 8th, the Mainz-based pharmaceutical company BioNTech and its American partner Pfizer announced that their vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in the decisive third round of tests. (...)


Nobel prize for UN world food programme – all that glitters is not gold

by Alexander Fink, Fabian Kurz, Translation by Anna-Maria Kohnke    25 November 2020    0

This year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize came as a real surprise. The World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations received the award “for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in (...)


Covid-19 in North Africa: economic challenges and opportunities

by Mohamed Moutii    18 November 2020    0

The Coronavirus has infected more than 48 million people and caused more than a million deaths. Numbers are still on the rise. This virus has not only taken people’s lives but also people’s jobs, businesses, and wealth. In a sentence, it has created an unprecedented global economic crisis. The (...)


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