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As Cameron continues to walk the tight rope on Brexit, it is worth considering those Britons living abroad.

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Following reports of imminent attacks in Belgium on the weekend of the 21st, Belgium went into lock down. Architects of the Paris attacks hailed from a small, densely packed, commune in Brussels called Molenbeek.

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On November 10th, Downing Street released David Cameron's long awaited letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Great Britain's envisioned reforms to the European Union (EU). With a portion of the ruling Conservative party desiring an EU exit, as well as the rising prominence of the UK Independence Party, unity should not be taken for granted. The majority of the UK population still favors remaining in the EU, but it is nonetheless worth considering the ramifications of an EU exit. 

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The road to recovery in Europe remains a work in progress, as European Central Bank (ECB) leader Mario Draghi faces legacies of the 2008 recession. One notable challenge remaining for the European economy is Non-Performing Loans (NPLs).

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The past five years have forced the European Union to face significant challenges both internally and externally — from the recession to the ongoing migrant crisis.

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One of the most significant challenges currently facing European leaders is how to shepherd their economies, particularly their businesses, into the modern era. In the United States, massive tech giants rapidly blossom from small startups, significantly impacting the economy over the past decade.

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On October 10th, hundreds of thousands of concerned German citizens marched in Berlin to protest the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). TTIP's critics argue it benefits corporations at the expense of ordinary citizens, while its proponents argue it provides significant economic growth.

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On October 5th, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations were concluded in Atlanta. The deal faced criticism from some on a lack of transparency, but details are now beginning to emerge on the settlement. Even with TPP's lack of transparency, there were clear tension points between negotiators on topics such as biologics, dairy products, and rules of origin for the automaking industry. This week's Econographic looks specifically at one of the potential winners of the trade deal, the American agricultural sector.

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The recent Volkswagen scandal has refocused consumers on automaking standards and CO2 emissions. These differences have also been one of the sticking points in TTIP negotiations. Both the American and European automaking sectors have rigorous standards, and as might be expected hold similar regulations. At the same time, both producers and consumers stand to gain immense dividends from a combined market. If tariff and nontariff barriers are reduced in TTIP, The Peterson Institute projects that the two sides could increase their national income by nearly $20 billion per year. With this in mind, negotiators and industries should prioritize ironing out an agreement sooner rather than later.

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The latest Memorandum of Understanding between the EU Institutions and the Greek Government passed in August, leaves Tsipras only one additional month to implement eighty-five initiatives. These reforms cover a diverse range of topics, from consolidating taxation policies to health and education reform. Greece is not an authoritarian regime, and making changes of this magnitude requires negotiations with varying civil society groups, labor unions, and a multitude of institutions. In addition, Tsipras must keep the various factions of his unstable coalition happy. With this in mind, the demands of the European Commission and Central Bank are highly unrealistic.

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