Armenia’s decision (03.09.2013) to join the Russian sponsored Customs Union (CU) and its perspective evolution, the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), had the effect of a thunderclap in European politics. The decision left the European Union in disarray. In the framework of the Eastern Partnership programme (EaP), this year Brussels has been engaged in intense negotiations to foster closer relations with the former Soviet Republics of East Europe and the Caucasus.
Japan’s (relatively) new government is arguably doing (much) better than its critics inside and outside of Japan anticipated when the Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took over power last December.
Japan’s (relatively) new government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has got a very ambitious economic and monetary policy agenda. Since Abe took office last December, he adopted a massive economic stimulus package while convincing Japan’s central bank (the Bank of Japan, BoJ) to support and help adopting his plans to achieve 2 per cent inflation through am enormous quantitative easing program.