Zimbabwe – Political Climate Inhospitable to Reform

Having achieved the presidency by means of a military coup carried out in November 2017, Emmerson Mnangagwa fulfilled his goal of obtaining a popular mandate at an election held in late July, although the result was tainted by credible allegations of various widespread irregularities. At his Read Entire Entry

Coming Soon in Our January 2019 Political Risk Reports

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PRS’ coverage of the Americas this month includes a fully revised report on Brazil, where a new president, Jair Bolsonaro, took office on January 1 with a clear mandate to wage a battle against official corruption and violent crime. The right-wing former army officer has signaled that he does not Read Entire Entry

From the CEO – December 2018

Christopher McKee, PhD, Chief Executive of The PRS Group, Inc.
Dear Clients, As 2018 draws to a close, an outlook for the coming year is usually expected. It’s almost unavoidable. Yet as a firm that has led the world of quant-driven political and country risk rating and analyses for 40 years – 2019 will be PRS’ 40th anniversary, incidentally – we tend Read Entire Entry

Russia – No Room for Complacency

Vladimir Putin’s fourth term as president is proving to be more uncomfortable than expected, with a public backlash against proposed pension reforms forcing the government to make a partial retreat in August. Putin agreed to soften some of the more controversial elements of the reform bill, but Read Entire Entry

Finland – Low Risk of Worrisome Policy Shift

The unity of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä’s coalition government has been strained of late, as Sipila’s centrist agrarian KESK and its main partner, the conservative KOK, remain at odds over how to restructure the existing municipal system for delivering health and welfare services, with the Read Entire Entry

Coming Soon in Our December 2018 Political Risk Reports

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The PRS Group’s coverage of the Americas this month includes an update on Ecuador, where President Lenin Moreno has continued to implement an orthodox economic policy program, a strategy that has already cost him the support of his one-time leftist allies in the legislature, leaving the Read Entire Entry

From the CEO – November 2018

Christopher McKee, PhD, Chief Executive of The PRS Group, Inc.
Dear Clients, As I mentioned on CNBC last month – and repeated several times in the press and in our reports – the real political risk facing British prime minister, Theresa May, wasn’t getting a deal with the EU on the terms of her country’s exit from the union but selling the product at Read Entire Entry

Sweden – Impasse Not a Threat to Economy…Yet

As polling data indicated would be the case, the elections for the Riksdag held in conjunction with regional and municipal voting on September 9 produced another hung Parliament, as the incumbent Red-Greens bloc made up of Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s center-left SAP and the Greens won a total Read Entire Entry

United Kingdom – Brexit Uncertainty Heightens Risk

Prime Minister Theresa May faces a rebellion by hardline Brexiteers in her Conservative Party, who have threatened to vote down her compromise plan for guiding the UK out of the EU in March 2019 with limited disruption to the country’s existing relationship with the bloc. The conflict has already Read Entire Entry

Coming Soon in Our November 2018 Political Risk Reports

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This month’s coverage of the Americas includes new political risk reports on Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Jamaica, as well as an update of Colombia, where there are already clear signs that President Iván Duque, who took office in early August, will struggle to build consensus within the Read Entire Entry