The case of slow fashion vs fast fashion

“Fast Fashion and Slow Fashion are two concepts that are polar opposites. The goal of Fast Fashion is to produce (and sell) as many items as possible in the shortest possible time in order to make as much profit as…

Can a Sustainability Taxonomy Make the World a Little Better?

Pictures from the Greek refugee camp Moria left me staggered. A desperately overcrowded camp on the margin between the Middle East and Europe stood in flames. The dancing fires and the dark clouds over the camp have been the expression…

Cancel Culture in Economics?

In the rise of Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests all over the globe, a great number of statues have been torn down or destroyed. From Edward Colston over Christopher Columbus to Winston Churchill, a wide range of historical figures have…

What our Colonial Past Teaches us about Privilege

This article is probably one of the most challenging ones I have ever written. The killing of George Floyd at the end of May made me speechless. Seeing pictures of a man, desperately begging for help, fighting for his life,…

Close the Infrastructure Gap!

In previous articles, we frequently talked about opportunities for economic development and what kind of policy measures have to be provided in order to facilitate sustainable and inclusive global economic growth. But regardless of which region in the world we…

“Free Trade is Dead – Long Live Free Trade”

When Donald Trump became president of the United States of America in 2016, many feared that his straightforward and harshly announced policies might have a perceptible impact on the new world order – politically and economically. With him being a…

The Morality of Chinese Foreign Direct Investments

The People’s Republic of China is the second largest single economy in the world. Not just its GDP is impressive, but also Chinese growth rates outnumber almost every other economy in the world. There are Chinese cities – most of…

Why the EU-Mercosur Deal is so Important for Free Trade

When you think about free trade: what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the recent news on trade wars or the liberal idea of free trade policy? What do you picture: a world of protectionism,…

Rising Tensions – Why Free Trade is Under Pressure

In this IFLRY Online Session, IFLRY’s new Free Trade Programme Manager, Michel Nentwig, presents the challenges that free trade policies are facing in these years. If you are interested in the work of the Free Trade Programme and missed the…