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Closing borders is inhumane and contradicts German values: SPD member

The head of Germany’s social democratic party (SPD) headquarters in Berlin, Dennis Buchner, ruled out that opening the German border for refugees could be a long-term electoral manoeuvre by chancellor Angela Merkel and the ruling party. He refuted reports that alleged Germany was receiving an increasingly larger amount of refugees, but stressed Germany should not …

Emad El-Sayed

Egypt’s subsidy system: questionable corruption, unending problems

At the beginning of the 20th century, when the world was plagued by famines and world wars, governments enlisted food subsidy programmes to feed their citizenry in these desperate times. Such programmes are still used by government’s all over the world in order to combat poverty and hunger. However, many countries across the world have …

Hisham Salah

Trials and tribulations of the Right of Asylum

Everything about the life of an asylum seeker has two sides. The dreams that refugees may have of a Promised Land can shape their destiny, making them indignant or satisfied. If they are looking for safety and the right to a better life, then they would be grateful towards Germany, its renowned bureaucracy and the …

Emad El-Sayed

How should the government pace its reforms after the IMF loan approval?

On 11 November, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved a $12bn three-year extended fund facility for Egypt, in support of the government’s economic reform programme. Ever since negotiations with the IMF started, the government has implemented a number of economic reforms, including passing the civil service and value-added tax laws, floating …

Hisham Salah

Sugar: one more problem for Egyptians

Since the end of September, Egypt has been facing a remarkable shortage in sugar, pushing the commodity’s price upwards, while creating its very own informal market, and consequently, increasing the suffering of Egyptians. Egypt produced a total of 2.2m tonnes of sugar in 2015 and consumed 3.1m tonnes, creating a shortage of some 900,000 tonnes. …

Hisham Salah

The feasibility of Egypt’s national projects

  On 18 October, , said that Egypt has to focus on developing its investment climate instead of national projects. However, nobody feels the economic effects of the three main national projects that Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi announced would be implemented when he became president over two years ago, including developing the Suez Canal area, the …

Hisham Salah

Al-Shaab Yaamor: an initiative for company marketing

The escalating price hikes are a hot debate in Egypt; citizens are expressing their frustration and worry following the successive price increases across all goods and commodities, especially food commodities, fruits, vegetables, and other durable goods. In light of the price hikes, Egyptian TV presenter Amr Adib proposed an initiative for companies to reduce their …

Shaimaa Al-Aees

The economic toll of the new age of terrorism

    In the wake of the recent attack in Nice, the ongoing battle against Islamic State (IS) insurgency in Sinai and Sirte, and the feelings of shock, confusion, and uncertainty that ensue, we must raise the question: what is the real price of terrorism? The attack in Nice is the latest in a string …

Mohamed Samir

Will Israeli natural gas flow in Egypt’s pipelines?

A recent visit by Egypt’s Foreign Minister could signal potential cooperation between Israel and Egypt in the eastern Mediterranean gas fields. However, given domestic market needs mixed with a complicated history in Egypt-Israel business relations in the energy sector, the future remains unclear

Mohamed Samir