TODAY’S TOP ARTICLES – 9 DEC 2014

Poland: Why the Rest of Europe Should Recognize Polish Potential
As Europe’s sixth largest economy, it is the only European Union country to border both Russia and Ukraine. Yet, despite the current climate of geopolitical tensions in that region – and despite a slow-to-no growth Europe – the Polish economic outlook is looking pretty good. (Source: CNBC)

Global: Revealed: How the Wealth Gap Holds Back Economic Growth
The west’s leading economic thinktank on Tuesday dismissed the concept of trickle-down economics as it found that the UK economy would have been more than 20% bigger had the gap between rich and poor not widened since the 1980s. (Source: The Guardian)

Greece: Gov’t Calls Snap Presidential Poll for December 17
Government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi announced Monday that a first round of votes for the presidential election will be held on December 17, underlining the need for Greek authorities to focus on troika talks following a decision by eurozone officials to approve a short extension to Greece’s bailout and to curb political uncertainty. (Source: ekathimerini).

Ukraine: Ukraine Crisis: New Ceasefire Bid with ‘Day of Silence’
A “Day of Silence” called by President Petro Poroshenko is being held in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to kick-start a much-violated ceasefire deal. (Source: BBC)

United Arab Emirates: UAE Forex Peg Here to Stay
The United Arab Emirates will keep its currency peg to the U.S. dollar, a senior central bank official reiterated on Tuesday after an unusually large move by the dirham in the forwards market. (Source: Reuters)

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