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Expert Briefings - WeChat

Trump’s ban on China’s WeChat may carry a heavy price

President Donald Trump issued two executive orders on August 6 that effectively ban the Chinese-owned apps TikTok and WeChat. The impact of the TikTok ban will be limited, but targeting WeChat strikes at the heart of the China-US digital ecosystem.

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Expert Briefings - COVID-19 eastern EU

Lifting COVID-19 measures may hit resilient eastern EU

Available second-quarter data indicate a shallower recession in most of the eleven eastern EU member states (EU-11) than the rest of the EU in January-June. This may be due to a strong start in January-February, followed by strict but shorter lockdowns and macroeconomic measures introduced to smooth the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact.

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Expert Briefings - Beirut blast

Beirut blast could bring hunger, disease and fury

The leading theory suggests an accidental cause. The blast has caused massive devastation and put extreme pressure on struggling healthcare facilities. Lebanon was already facing a deep economic and political crisis.

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Pandemic will weigh on green bond issuance this year

Issuance in March saw the largest drop in the first six months of this year due to the pandemic .

The green bond market segment saw a major drop in the first half of 2020 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies and capital markets. The downturn came after a strong 2019 when there was a record issuance of green bonds. 

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