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19th July 2017 / Politics / Trade and Investment

USC Center on Public Diplomacy/Portland issue Soft Power 30 Index 2017: Czech Republic up 2 places, outperforms Hungary, Brazil

The Soft Power 30 index, a comparative assessment of global soft power, combines objective data and international polling. It can take many generations to build soft power. So it is no surprise that the results of the 2017 Soft Power 30 index are broadly in line with those seen in 2015 and 2016. But while the same countries fill the top five spots, their positions in the rankings have changed. Our findings show that European soft power is recovering. North America’s capability is on the decline, while Asia is on the rise. 
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17th January 2017 / Politics / Trade and Investment

Aspen Institute Prague/J. Springford: Why a Hard Brexit Is Likely

Oxford Economics, a consultancy, reckons replacing single market membership with a trade agreement would cost the UK between 0.75 and 3 percent of GDP, depending on how comprehensive the trade deal is and how open Britain remains to immigration. Meanwhile, the International Monetary Fund has upgraded its economic forecasts for the eurozone and the UK this year, but said British growth would slow down in 2018.
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4th October 2016 / Politics / Trade and Investment

Bertelsmann Foundation: Trans-Atlantic Trade at the Crossroads: Prospects for TTIP in 2016 and Beyond

Although Froman and Malmström continue to work toward a comprehensive trade and investment agreement by the end of 2016, the prospects of such an outcome are very slim. Even if the parties were to reach a high-level solution to the most contentious issues that remain, the technical work necessary for TTIP’s regulatory pillar alone would take months to sort out. If a political agreement is not concluded during the Obama presidency, stakeholders should expect negotiations to stall in the first half of 2017 and face a high level of uncertainty in the second half of the year.
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic