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In recent years world trade dynamics have definitely shown an accentuated inversion of the globalisation trend and its robust contribution to global economic performance. The Great Financial Crisis (GFC) marked a historic turning point in the degree of global economic integration. Since 2007/08 global trade has entered a period of increasingly protectionist policies (trade barriers, national subsidies, national champions), decelerating growth in trade-intensive sectors, rising policy uncertainty and more recently, trade tensions.
2020 was supposed to be the year when policy makers, corporates, and investors charged ahead in the fight against climate change. Instead, it is the year of the coronavirus pandemic. The COP26 has been postponed, climate strikes are cancelled, and the European Commission’s ability to push through the Green Deal has yet to be proven. However, while the global lockdowns are sure to make a dent in global emissions for 2020, it remains to be seen whether climate change will fight its way into the recovery or become sacrificed yet again. Alice de Bazin, Head of Institutional Offering and Solutions department, Théophile Pouget-Abadie and Tobias Hessenberger, both working in Business solutions and innovation team, discuss the topic with Tom Burges-Watson.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, all eyes have been on the unfolding health catastrophe and the consequences of confinement: economies halted, exploding rates of unemployment (in particular in the United States), and rising debt levels. In this extraordinary context, inflation is often overlooked.