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Talking Point

In Talking Point we present our take on current affairs and developments in the worlds of business, financial markets and politics.

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November 25, 2010
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The reasons for the current problems of some euro-area sovereigns on the capital markets differ from country to country. In the case of Greece, it was mainly a persistently unsound fiscal policy that led to a loss of confidence among investors, while in Ireland this was primarily due to a credit bubble which had inflated the size of the financial sector. [more]
131
February 12, 2010
Well aware that small farmers are key to world food security, agribusiness players are increasingly partnering with them. They are taking practical steps to secure farmers’ financial success in a sustainable way and integrate them into the global food supply chains... [more]
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September 18, 2008
The new figures are out. German women still earned 24% less per hour than men in 2006. This unadjusted gender wage gap is a useful indicator and underlines the need for action – especially since it has not decreased significantly in recent years, in spite of women’s increasing education levels. However, this overall indicator has the limitations of all aggregated averages, in that it mixes aspects of a different nature. In particular, it is important to distinguish between potential discrimination (arising in the absence of equal pay for equal work) and “choices”, like career patterns, for instance. At the same time, the latter are only partly driven by preferences – which makes things even more complex. We see four major aspects of the gender wage gap, three pertaining to women at large, and one specific to mothers (and a few rare fathers)... [more]
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June 25, 2008
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European banks have become considerably more international over the past few years, in terms of both the structure of their revenues and of their shareholders. In this context particular emphasis has been placed on strengthening the European business outside the home market, with the home market share in total revenues falling as a result – at the 20 largest European banks e.g. by 4 percentage points since 2001 to less than half. By contrast, as much as one-quarter of total revenues came from the rest of Europe in 2007 (2001: 18%). [more]
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