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#Bristol is still one of the best for business

#Bristol is still one of the best for business

| September 21, 2019

When we think of cities in terms of business, investment and economic credentials, the ones that immediately come to mind include London, Liverpool, Manchester, Glasgow and Newcastle. There is no doubt these places are well suited for business, with some even making the case that cities like Manchester having the real potential of deposing London as […]

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Banking on the next #FinancialCrisis

Banking on the next #FinancialCrisis

| July 24, 2019

A series of scandals and setbacks in the banking sector in Europe and elsewhere threaten to undermine public confidence in the industry. While there is considered little chance of an economic downturn on the scale of the 2008 banking crisis, there is concern that recent events in the sector could reverse efforts made to restore […]

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Green shoots of democracy in #Kazakhstan

Green shoots of democracy in #Kazakhstan

| June 21, 2019

Behind the headlines about the protests on the streets of Nur-Sultan (Astana) and Almaty last week, there are encouraging signs that Kazakhstan’s young democracy is maturing, writes Colin Stevens. The presidential elections held on Sunday 9 June returned Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as Kazakhstan’s new President. He was sworn into office on 12 June, and received a congratulatory telegram from the […]

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#Kazakhstan – International forum and dialogue platform

#Kazakhstan – International forum and dialogue platform

| June 19, 2019

An international forum and dialogue platform founded by the first president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev was one of the significant political events of 2019, writes Colin Stevens. The Summit of Heads of State of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) was held in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. The CICA is an organization […]

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Spotlight on #TobaccoControl in #Bucharest, but industry disinformation persists

Spotlight on #TobaccoControl in #Bucharest, but industry disinformation persists

| April 18, 2019

Romania, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, hosted the 4th annual meeting of the European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP) from March 27th to 29th in Bucharest. The event allowed representatives from every corner of the public health sector to discuss how to optimise tobacco control strategies. Academics from Harvard rubbed shoulders with Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, while […]

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#ASIC – Why not litigate?

#ASIC – Why not litigate?

| April 5, 2019

Because it could very well expose your shortcomings.  Securities regulators around the world should be paying close attention to a potentially very concerning situation evolving in Australia, writes Colin Stevens. The recent sweeping reforms of the Hayne Royal Commission have found many deficiencies in the Australian financial system and have recommended that the Australian Securities […]

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#EP Debate: We need to put the reins on Big Tobacco

#EP Debate: We need to put the reins on Big Tobacco

| February 1, 2019

As always, the devil is in the details. That was the overall conclusion of a public hearing on the illicit tobacco trade in Europe organized by MEP Cristian Silviu Bușoi in the European Parliament on January 29th.  Bușoi has emerged as one of the most vocal MEPs in the on-going fight to decouple the European […]

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