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Thursday 28th January 2016

Year of the Monkey heralds golden opportunity for Chinese research partnerships

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As we enter the Chinese Year of the Monkey in 2016, a new year brings fresh opportunity for the UK to continue building its relationship with China in many areas, not least academic research.
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Thursday 28th January 2016
Thursday 21st January 2016

The Fall in the World Oil Price and its Implications for the UK Economy

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The world oil price is now about $30 a barrel. In the summer of 2014, it was well over $100 a barrel. This decline was almost completely unpredicted, but it now seems likely that with, inter alia, a large quantity of Iranian oil about to hit the world market, the price will stay low for some time to come. But what are the implications of this?
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Thursday 21st January 2016
Thursday 7th January 2016

Looking ahead to 2016

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For the first Birmingham Brief of 2016, we asked five of our academics to give their thoughts on what we might expect from the year ahead.
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Thursday 7th January 2016
Thursday 17th December 2015

The December 2015 regional elections in France: the far right Front National fails to win a single region

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In the first round of the French regional elections on 6 December, the far right Front National (FN) came first with 27.96 per cent of the votes, thereby leading in six out of 26 regions. As could be expected, this result caused panic among the two mainstream parties, the ruling centre-left Socialist Party and the centre-right Republicans.
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Thursday 17th December 2015
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