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A tale of US rebalancing, a looming liquidity crisis and the yuan’s arrival

World economy

By Miriam L. Campanella via CaixinThe supply of U.S. dollars in the global economy is set to shrink, and the yuan could fill the void if Chinese leaders and international monetary institutions are prepared to act

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Spain and Portugal are the Eurozone countries at most risk of “prolonged low inflation”

MADRID | The Corner | Internal demand is recovering within the euro area, activity is getting back on track and experts believe that companies are about to start investing, hiring more workers and boosting consumption. However, credit flow, the production gap and unemployment are still major challenges. Analysts at Cortal Consors think that Spain and Portugal are the Eurozone countries most at risk of a “prolonged period of low inflation or mild deflation.”

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ECB: in a perpetual state of readiness…

SAO PAULO | By Marcus Nunes via Historinhas | … and still failing miserably! That is the story of the ECB.

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In Europe

Luxleaks: Eurosceptics question Juncker’s ability to probe himself

MADRID | Álex García.

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ECB to start ABS purchases

MADRID | The Corner | The European Central Bank published the legal act for purchases of asset-backed securities, setting it up to start buying the debt as soon as this Friday. Proponents say the measure “could boost the shaky eurozone recovery by reducing borrowing costs for businesses, households and governments.” According to market watchers at Link Securities, Mario Draghi will reiterate the intention of adopting new measures to boost the economic growth in the Eurozone.

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Is there (sustainable) growth in Greece?

ATHENS | By Jens Bastian at The AgoraGreece finally exited its six-year long recession in the third quarter of 2014. The Hellenic Statistical Authority ELSTAT said that the economy grew by 0.7 percent in the third quarter (compared to the same quarter in 2013). The positive third quarter reading is the first after 24 consecutive quarters of negative GDP performance dating back to Q3 2008. Still, the economic damage from this recession is staggering. It will take years – perhaps even decades – to bring Greece’s real economy back to the levels last achieved in 2007. 

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Why the EU is not leading the digital-tech race

BRUSSELS | By Alexandre MatoLast year, the EU spent €275 billion on Research & Development, nearly 2% of its GDP. This is undoubtedly a huge amount of money, but not enough to compete with the United States, South Korea or Japan. Furthermore, a brief glance at the main tech and computer companies shows that the European horizon looks somewhat bleak.

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