Kosovo is a lower-middle-income country which has experienced solid economic growth over the last decade. Kosovo is one of only four countries in Europe to experience growth in every year since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008.
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Policy makers under pressure can get preoccupied with the fixation of the moment. For the eurozone, that idée fixe has been “the firewall”. How big is big enough? Who contributes and how?Now that the eurozone... Show More + finance ministers have exhausted themselves with a multilayered package of hundreds of billions of euros, the debate will go global at this week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The next preoccupation will be how many more hundreds of billions of euros should be pledged to the IMF. It will be Firewall II: the Sequel.I beg to differ. Not with firewalls exactly, but with the preoccupation.The survival of the eurozone now depends on Italy and Spain. They are the countries that are too big to fail – or to rescue. Extraordinary action by the European Central Bank has lowered the interest rates that Italy and Spain pay on their debt, but not solved their problems.In one sense, the much-badgered Germans are right. The fates of Italy and Spain depen Show Less -
The Spring Festival travel season, or chunyun, is back and a total of 3.1 billion trips are expected during the 40-day peak season. It's understandable that for many it is hard to get a train ticket as... Show More + China's railway system not only carries the largest and fastest growing volume of traffic of any major railway in the world, it also is by far the busiest. It carries nearly three times the volume of traffic on an average kilometer of rails as the US rail network, and about 10 times that of the European Union.Despite substantial investment since 1949, China's railway route length compared to its land area is still one-third that of the US and only one-sixth that of the EU. More strikingly, its route length per citizen is less than one-twelfth that of the US and one-seventh that of the EU. No wonder, China's rail network is used so heavily. Indeed, its capacity is effectively rationed on many routes, something that will be readily attested by many passengers waiting for seats and freight Show Less -