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

Slovakia – Pellegrini Fails to Soothe Discontent

Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini has completed his first six months in office after taking over the top government post from Róbert Fico, who felt obliged to resign earlier this year amid the largest anti-government street protests the country had seen since the 1989 Velvet Revolution. The catalyst Read Entire Entry

China – Risk Grows as Trade War Escalates

The US imposed a 10% tariff on another $200 billion worth of imports from China earlier this month, in the latest round of the escalating trade war in which neither side has given any indication that it is considering retreat. The new tariffs will increase to 25% on January 1, 2019, unless a deal Read Entire Entry

Vietnam – Factional Tensions Persist

In early March, one of the highest-ranking members of the CPV secretariat, Dinh The Huynh, resigned from his post, citing health issues. He was immediately replaced by Tran Quoc Vuong, and the smoothness of the transition highlights the significant stability within the upper echelon of the party Read Entire Entry

Brazil – Voters’ Disgust Will Benefit Outsiders

The political fallout from Brazil’s massive corruption scandal has not dissipated, and voters continue to consume a regular diet of news of prominent figures nabbed for illicit enrichment. At the same time, rising insecurity, underscored by a record-breaking homicide rate, is taking a toll not Read Entire Entry

Iran – US Ramps up Pressure

Relations between the US and Iran took a significant turn for the worse in May, when President Donald Trump formally made good on his threat to renounce his government’s obligation to honor the terms of the 2015 agreement between Iran and the so-called P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Read Entire Entry

Switzerland – Obstacles to EU Deal Remain

Switzerland landscape
Federal elections will take place in 2019, and relations with the EU will undoubtedly be a central issue of the campaign, with potentially negative implications for the ability of the Swiss corporate sector to maintain seamless cross-border operations and obtain a suitable supply of skilled labor. Read Entire Entry

New Zealand – Peters Stirring the Pot

Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern went on six-week maternity leave following the birth of her daughter in late June, providing Winston Peters, the leader of the populist-nationalist NZ First, with an opportunity to head the government on a temporary basis. Freed from the constraints of Read Entire Entry

Israel – Trump a Gift that Keeps on Giving

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has much cause for concern, against the backdrop of a civil war raging in neighboring Syria, violent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian protesters along the border with Gaza, and the threat of indictment on corruption charges that continues to Read Entire Entry