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Cornelia Meyer

Cornelia Meyer is a business consultant, macro-economist and energy expert.

04 July 2019 04:12 PM

OPEC: Bought on the rumor, sold on the news

The 14 OPEC nations and their 10 non-OPEC allies, known as OPEC+, met for two days in Vienna at the beginning of this week. At the onset of the meeting Brent overshot 66.5. dollars a barrel mark.

30 June 2019 05:54 PM

Bright future for ethical investing and Islamic finance

Ethical investment has come of age and is gaining momentum. JPMorgan estimates that investment driven by ESG (environmental, social and governance) has reached $3 trillion. The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance puts it at more like $31 trillion. The difference can be explained by the definition of what an ESG investment constitutes. Whichever way we look at it though, ESG investment has become a growth business. Blake Goud, CEO of the RFI (Responsible Finance and Investment) Foundation, explains that the dynamic is largely led by demand (investor preference): “Changing the ‘demand side’ will give a spur for the ‘supply side’ to grow,” he said.

16 June 2019 05:07 PM

Hong Kong 1, China 0 (extra time being played)

​When Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997, after its 99-year lease expired and 156 years of British rule ended, the territory became a “special administrative region” in an agreement commonly referred to as “One Country, Two Systems.”

09 June 2019 09:58 PM

China and Russia embrace, driven together by their foes

A great deal has happened since the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations with China 70 years ago, not least in the two countries’ relationship with each other and with the West

17 May 2019 01:29 PM

Europe’s dilemma as US increases pressure on Iran

The Europeans were caught in the middle when the US last year unilaterally withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which had been signed in 2015 between the permanent five representatives of the UN Security Council plus Germany and Iran.

31 March 2019 11:31 AM

Who took control? The irony at the heart of Brexit

March 29 was supposed to be the day the United Kingdom finally left the EU, just under three years after voting to do so in a referendum by 52 percent to 48 percent.

24 March 2019 10:53 AM

The great conundrum of foreign fighters who want to come home

There is widespread debate about what to do with foreign fighters who joined ISIS and other terrorist groups but now want to come back to their homelands in Europe and beyond.

14 March 2019 03:18 PM

Brexit vote betrays UK’s lack of direction

Monday night saw a frantic last dash to Strasbourg by British Prime Minister Theresa May.

03 March 2019 11:20 AM

Cold War was preferable to hotheads with a nuclear trigger

Not since the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962, when the US and what was then the Soviet Union came to the brink of Armageddon before thankfully taking a step back, has the world been under so much threat of nuclear aggression.

28 February 2019 12:19 PM

Why hosting global conferences matters to the GCC

Gulf countries have become sought-after platforms for international conferences. The UAE is leading with healthy competition between Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

20 February 2019 11:32 AM

OPEC+ necessary for stability in oil markets

The oil price has gained around 23 percent since Jan. 1. There were bearish moments between mid-January and the first half of February, which were partly due to heightened fears of what trade wars would do to supply chains and shipping goods.

03 February 2019 11:29 AM

Anti-globalists should be careful what they wish for

Klaus Schwab and his team were on to something when they chose globalization 4.0 as the theme for last month’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

13 January 2019 11:20 AM

A few words of comfort for a confused region

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a nine-nation whistlestop tour trying to assure a confused region of sustained US involvement in the wake of President Donald Trump’s troop withdawal now that “Daesh has been defeated.”

11 January 2019 03:55 PM

No winners will emerge from Brexit drama

Life in the village of Westminster was acrimonious to say the least as politicians went for their Christmas recess in mid-December.

26 December 2018 07:57 AM

The year oil went from bust to boom — and back again

Last week was brutal for oil prices. A barrel of Brent ended the week shy of $53, down nearly 40 percent from the highs of early October.

08 December 2018 08:20 AM

All’s well that ends well: An OPEC+ agreement at last

It was always going to be a tough meeting for OPEC in Vienna this month, but few thought it would be that hard.