Day: April 1, 2021

Politics

EU: German constitutional court probes recovery fund – it is not just noise

  • Germany’s powerful constitutional court is looking into the EU’s pandemic recovery fund.
  • Until further notice, Berlin is banned from completing national ratification, meaning the EU fund cannot come into force.
  • The proceedings could take time; the political desire to turn the fund into a nucleus for greater EU fiscal integration might increase the legal risk.
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Asia

ASIA: Weekly politics update

Below is the weekly update of political developments across East Asia. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss any of the countries mentioned in more detail.

CHINA: People’s Bank of China calls on global central banks to avoid “dollarization” of digital currencies

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) said that its planned digital currency will operate in parallel with existing digital payment platforms like Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay and is not intended as a replacement.… Read the rest

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

EUROPE: CEE PULSE

The third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is peaking at different times across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Slovakia has finally exited a month-long government crisis. Ukraine is concerned over escalating fighting in Donbas. In Slovenia, the departure of three deputies from the Modern Centre Party has further weakened Janez Jansa’s government.… Read the rest

Europe

EUROPE: Managing the pandemic – what we are watching

This updated weekly piece provides snapshots of how selected European governments are dealing with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss any of the countries mentioned in more detail.

Graph of the week

EUROPE: Managing the pandemic – what we are watching 2

 

France

– The seven-day rolling average of cases has climbed to 38,000.… Read the rest

Asia

ASIA: Weekly politics update

Below is the weekly update of political developments across East Asia. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you want to discuss any of the countries mentioned in more detail.

CHINA: People’s Bank of China calls on global central banks to avoid “dollarization” of digital currencies

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) said that its planned digital currency will operate in parallel with existing digital payment platforms like Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay and is not intended as a replacement.… Read the rest