April 26, 2023Focus
The Eurozone’s Wage Conundrum
The Eurozone, like many other jurisdictions, has undergone an inflationary shock, resulting in declining real wages. As workers try to recoup lost income, the risk is that consumers will foot the bill and that inflation becomes self-fulfilling… The decline in real income has been felt...
February 11, 2022Focus
EU puts its chips on the table in the global race to secure semiconductor supplies
This week, the European Commission presented the EU Chips Act, described as a ‘comprehensive set of measures to ensure the EU's security of supply, resilience and technological leadership in semiconductor technologies and applications’. Involving over €43 billion, the package which still must be approved by...
December 2, 2021Focus
An explainer on carbon pricing
Putting a price on carbon emissions is a key element of the energy transition toolbox. Governments have implemented cap-and-trade systems, whereby companies have a designated amount of carbon they are allowed to emit. If insufficient to cover their operations, they must buy more permits...
October 15, 2021Focus
A Global Energy Crunch
Governments around the world are scrambling to fill a power supply gap, stoking fears that rising energy prices will affect purchasing power and demand at a time when the global economic recovery is already under pressure due to supply-side constraints. After a decade when depressed...
July 15, 2021Focus
5G: Bringing “smart everything” to life
Olivier Goemans, Jade Bajai French Version The advent of 5G technology holds great promise. With enhanced speed, functionality, and data processing, it could transform productivity and performance in almost every sector and serve as the digital nervous system of “smart everything”. As such, 5G is...