Moody’s has highlighted the risk to Dutch government bond credit ratings from the euro zone debt crisis and the country’s high level of mortgage debt. The country, by some measures, has the highest per capita mortgage debt of all 27 EU members at 105% of GDP. Today’s graphic looks at the Netherlands economy, using 8 charts of key economic indicators.
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As Libyans prepare for the first free elections in 42 years, fear that the elections will be marred by violence is running through the voting populace. Of the 3,700 candidates, many are strongly Islamic-leaning, while others align with the different warring factions that have flourished in the lawlessness. The vote takes place tomorrow, July 7th.
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The Egyptian election results have been held from being released because of dissent and appeals from both candidates, each of whom claimed to have won the election. The election council said they wouldn’t release the results for a few days. To read more about the Egyptian elections, visit our Reuters News website. Also, see the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Egyptian News site, Aswat Masriya, for breaking news about Egypt, the elections, and analysis.
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Presidential elections often are turning points in America – in politics, policy and priorities. That is especially true this year, when Americans will decide whether to stay the course with President Barack Obama or replace him with Republican Mitt Romney amid rising concerns about a sluggish economy, rising debt, partisan gridlock in Washington and ominous signs from Europe.
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Greeks angry at years of austerity shrugged off the risk of a euro zone exit and punished their ruling parties, which failed to win enough votes to form a ruling coalition in Sunday’s election. Today’s graphic visualizes the results. Are you surprised the extreme-right Golden Dawn party had so much success?
Greece will be holding a snap election on May 6th to decide who will steer the country through tough austerity. The last polls published on April 20th showed the ruling coalition, the only 2 major parties that back the EU/IMF bailout plan, could just gather enough votes to form a coalition government. Today’s graphic looks at the current layout of the Greek government and the latest opinion polls broken out by party.
TrustMedia announced on Wednesday
the launch of the Aswat Masriya website: www.aswatmasriya.com. This elections website in Arabic aims to provide fair, independent and accurate news and information to journalists, voters and the public at large in the run-up to the 2011 and 2012 parliamentary and presidential elections.
“The elections mark a watershed moment in Egypt’s modern history and objective, reliable information is critical to the fledgling democratic process. With Aswat Masriya, Thomson Reuters Foundation is responding to an urgent need for transparent information during this crucial period of transition. Our aim is to provide a completely independent news platform, run by Egyptians for Egyptians, to help voters navigate the electoral process and fully take part in this first democratic election,”, said Monique Villa, Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO.
In addition to news, the website- run by an Egyptian and Arab team of journalists and editors- provides information on all the candidates and their parties; how and where to vote; election laws; and the political debates ahead of the polls. Recognising the role of social media during the Egyptian revolution, Aswat Masriya also has a strong social media element with regular updates, news and comments for followers.
The site will stay active for a year.
To further increase the website’s impact, (more…)
What a week it has been for Egypt. All the regional political upheaval happened in Tunisia, half a continent away, but most of the pain has been felt on Cairo’s financial markets. The Egyptian stock market has fallen almost 8 percent and the Egyptian pound is languishing near seven-year lows to the dollar. The cost of insuring exposure to Egyptian debt has risen to 18-month highs.
So are investors preparing for a Tunisia-style popular uprising in Egypt? Or is it that its market, more sophisticated than Tunisia’s, is bearing the brunt of investors’ increasing bearishness on the North African region? Probably a bit of both.