Mexico’s economy is booming, despite loud concerns that returning power to the traditional Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) would mean a return to a despotic cronyism. It is the second largest export market and has a flourishing network of trade internationally. The incessant drug war is also seeing somewhat more peaceful days. However, corruption, poverty, crime and meager public services continue to weigh the country down as a credible player on the world stage.
Will Mexico rise as a solid and even leading neighbor to the United States and Latin American countries – or will this be a short-termed prosperity that will again be swindled away as it was during the previous 100 years under the (PRI) Party? Continue reading
Atheneum studies in the past 2 years have marked a steady rise over the last decade in diagnosed Major Depression Disorder (MDD) and other related conditions throughout Central and Western Europe. This trend is expected to continue at around 15% growth for at least the following 2 – 3 years. Practitioners and Psychiatrists across the European Union attest to the growing average number of patients seen per month (currently 81 – 83 according to Atheneum specialists surveyed) and are in critical need of new treatment options. Whether there are more cases of MDD or just more awareness and diagnosis is not completely known; however, the request for pharmaceutical research and development firms is clear. Continue reading
Industry specialists in the automotive industry often point to open innovation projects, i.e. the incorporation of external ideas and research, as key to company growth and maintaining a competitive edge. Large corporations in South East Asia and across Europe are increasingly focusing on establishing long-term partnerships with universities, as well as absorbing smaller corporations through mergers and acquisitions to keep their perspective fresh. Continue reading
First-time visitors to Berlin, Germany, will immediately notice the peculiarity that in the capital of the leading economy in Europe, the majority of restaurants and services accept only cash payments, regardless of the amount. The ease of pulling out a debit or credit card to pay for anything from a pack of gum to a hotel stay is rare in this country. Not to mention the security of calling in a lost card with no risk of loss.
Studies conducted as recently as 2012 show that many Germans still prefer paying cash to putting it on plastic – but should we expect a sea change in 2013 and onwards? Continue reading
A current topic of heated debate is that of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, which involves injecting a pressurized flow of water, sand and chemicals deep into the earth in order to break rock as a means of accessing shale gas.
This technology creates both a gold rush for businesses and an uncertain future for international affairs. The opportunity for the United States and other countries to gain energy independence from the vicissitudes of importing oil is of great consequence. Continue reading