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Focus Spring 2014

We present and discuss current research and economic policy related topics in International Economics. This quarter about:

Economic consequences of the Crimean crisis

The crisis surrounding Ukraine shows that global governance is in a mess, but events there are merely a symptom of something larger.

undefinedThe Telegraph

The International Monetary Fund predicts a strong global growth - except for Russia.

undefinedDer Spiegel (German)

Ukraine will have to pay more for energy from Russia: Gazprom rises prices more than 40 percent and insists on payment of debts.

undefinedZeit Online (German)

Russia’s economy is navigating an economic downturn with real GDP growth slowing to an estimated 1.3 percent in 2013 from 3.4 percent of 2012.

undefinedThe World Bank

The European Union and the US have been imposing sanctions on Russian and Ukrainian individuals. As the diplomatic crisis intensifies, further economic action could happen.


European elections 2014: European Integration vs. Anti-EU populism

Euroscepticism is taking hold even in the country at the heart of the European project. And one of the continent's chief Eurosceptics, British politician Nigel Farage, has become an idol to some young Germans - to the consternation of many others.

undefinedBBC News

The new, central polling contact in each member state will help prevent double-voting in the 2014 European elections and the absence of the 3% threshold will result in a "more colourful" Parliament this time around.

The EU elections at the end of May could lead to a rise in right wing populists in many of the 28 member states.

undefinedWirtschaftsblatt (German)

This year's elections to the European Parliament - taking place on 22-25 May across the EU - will see an unprecedented battle over the bloc's powers and role.