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Analysis Brief

Italy and the Future of the Eurozone

Author: Christopher Alessi

New Prime Minister Mario Monti faces the daunting task of reining in Italy's high public debt. Analysts say he will have to tackle fiscal irresponsibility to rebuild market confidence and prevent the eurozone's third largest economy from defaulting.

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Analysis Brief Author: Roya Wolverson

Ireland's multibillion-dollar bailout failed to alleviate investor jitters about Europe's debt woes. Experts warn about the fallout for eurozone countries, the heavily indebted United States, and the global economic recovery.

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Analysis Brief

Europe's Energy Predicament

Author: Toni Johnson

The Russia-Ukraine gas dispute has heightened interest in diversifying EU energy sources. Climate change policies, environmental concerns, and economic hurdles stand in the way.

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Analysis Brief

Considering the PetroEuro

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

Some OPEC states say oil should be sold in euros, not dollars. The switch could have a substantial economic impact for oil states and the United States.

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Turks at Europe’s Gates

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

Turkey’s new president seeks to reinvigorate his country’s efforts to gain EU membership, but major rifts appear to outweigh limited signs of progress.

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Delicate Papal Visit to Turkey

Pope Benedict XVI makes his first visit to a majority Muslim state, Turkey, on November 28. The trip’s original aim was to build ties with Christian Orthodox leaders but the pope’s recent comments on faith, reason, and Islam—as well as Turkey’s EU accession—are likely to resonate throughout.

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