EA November 2015

After Paris Terror France Raises Efforts to Attract Foreign Investments


Early in the morning, at the very moment when the second French raid targeting terrorist ringleaders was going on in Saint Denis, North of Paris, on Wednesday, November 18, a packed assembly of around 500 CEOs and senior executives from multinational companies with sizable operations in France was gathering at the Conseil Economique et Social for a day of discussions on “Les Etats de la France.” Under the circumstances, the topic of the day as well as the meeting itself, “Is France attractive for international business?”, may have seemed strange. The organizers had wondered whether they should cancel the meeting. Not at all said the government. All the leading participants showed up, including the French minister of the Economy, Emmanuel Macron and a number of senior representatives of the Administration. They agreed that the best way to fight adversity and terrorism is to focus on what needs to be done.

Quantitative Easing in Europe: Economists, Policymakers Debate Decades-Old Quandary

spellmanWith the European Central Bank poised to ramp up lending to banks as early as December 3 and again jolt Europe’s languishing economy, economists and policymakers are increasingly divided over whether the long-term costs of quantitative easing – “QE” – may be more detrimental than the immediate benefits.


China Invests in Europe: A Strategic Buying Spree

jacquelinegrapin2015cChinese investments in Europe doubled in 2014, to a record $18 billion. Six million people travelled between the EU countries and China. Bilateral cooperation moved to a new level when President XI Jinping proposed building a “China-EU partnership.” Already over 70 percent of the initiatives of the 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation discussed between Beijing and Brussels have been launched.