Weekly Wrap – India’s farmer protests continues; Brexit sealed; slow economic recovery, fraught with risks

Britain clinched a narrow Brexit trade deal with the European Union on Thursday, just seven days before it exits one of the world’s biggest trading blocs in its most significant global shift since the loss of empire. The deal means it has swerved away from a chaotic finale to a tortuous divorce that has shaken […]

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Farmers in India divided over way forward on protests over key laws

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An influential section of farmers group has reiterated their demand for legal guarantees for minimum support prices (MSPs) and repeal of three key legislations for withdrawing their protest while another moderate section urged a dialogue with the government. Yogendra Yadav, leader of Swaraj India, rejected any amendments to resolve the issue. He said the calculation […]

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Govt’s stand on not allowing price protection may disrupt India’s larger agri-reforms agenda, warns farmer leader

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might be celebrating after finally pushing through key agriculture reforms in parliament, but farmer leaders have raised concerns, saying hat the government may have lost the trust of farmers by not responding to their most important demand. “We were asking for minimum support price (MSP) assurance for only 23 […]

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Iraq pumping crude oil at record levels, unaffected by domestic protests

Iraq is pumping crude at record levels and the violent street protests that engulfed the oil-rich nation have not affected energy facilities in OPEC’s second-biggest producer. The country’s crude exports reached a record of 3.59 million barrels a day, Oil Minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said after a meeting with representatives of foreign oil companies working in […]

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China wants EU steelmakers to be ‘rational’ about overcapacity issue – report

Riled by protests in Brussels by struggling European steelmakers demanding a stop to a flood of cheap Chinese imports, analysts in China hit back saying steel exports from the world’s second-biggest economy were within international trade norms. “China’s steel exports are strictly in line with the international trade rules, and European steel industry representatives should […]

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