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Competition is on the rise / REPORTAGE

Competition is on the rise / REPORTAGE

Munich - According to data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), two billion tonnes of goods are transported in the Mediterranean every year (819 million tonnes through the Suez Canal), which accounts for 20% of global traffic.

The Spanish port front / REPORTAGE
“Free zone vs. effects of the EU Customs Code”

“Free zone vs. effects of the EU Customs Code”

Genova - “To take the opportunity provided by the Chinese plan for the new Silk Road, we must institute a free zone in Genoa,” says Riccardo Braggio, the President of ALCE, the Ligurian Association for Foreign Commerce

“Beware of microfragments poisoning the sea” / INTERVIEW
Plastic algae to repopulate the seas

Plastic algae to repopulate the seas

La Spezia - Global warming not only increases the temperature of the oceansbut also contributes to their acidification, compromising the efficiency of the calcium skeleton processes of many animals, such as corals and molluscs

North Africa

The other Tangier: and so it grows / ANALYSIS
Saudi Arabia bans Egyptian strawberries

Saudi Arabia bans Egyptian strawberries

Ryadh - Saudi Arabia is banning imports of Egyptian strawberries due to pesticide residues, said Abdel Hamid al-Demerdash, the head of Egypt’s Agriculture Export Council, the latest such ban to hit Egypt as it struggles to revive its economy

Unrest over gas tests government in Tunisia

Unrest over gas tests government in Tunisia

Kamour - In Tatatouine province in Tunisia’s southern Sahara,around 1,000 protesters living in a makeshift campsite are threatening to blockade roads used by foreign companies to access nearby gas and oilfields. They want a larger slice of the gas proceeds to go towards the development of Tatatouine

Palm Sunday bombings of Egyptian Coptic churches kill 44
The African giant is in motion / ANALYSIS

Middle East

“No Solution to Gulf crisis until bans are lifted”

“No Solution to Gulf crisis until bans are lifted”

Doha - The Foreign Minister of Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said that the Gulf crisis cannot be resolved unless the “siege” is lifted. The Minister said that there can be no dialogue as countries that imposed restrictions on Qatar never gave specific expectations

Qatari LNG route to Europe round Africa is nothing new
Qatar signs $12 bln deal to buy jets from U.S.

Qatar signs $12 bln deal to buy jets from U.S.

Doha - Qatar’s Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday the country signed a deal to buyF-15 fighter jets from the United States for $12 billion. The deal was completed despite the Gulf country being criticized recently by U.S. President Donald Trump for supporting terrorism

Eni: “Qatar crisis affects gas not oil”

Eni: “Qatar crisis affects gas not oil”

Bologna - “The current tensions over Qatar have not had many effects, because the country is more a gas than an oil producer and so I think that in the end reason will win out and therefore it will be possible to find dialogue. I am convinced of it, because the role of Qatar is too important.”

Qatar launches new shipping routes to Oman amid food shortage fears

Black Sea

Russian Eurobonds: foreign investors took 85%
Russia sees no big surge in arms sales

Russia sees no big surge in arms sales

Paris - The Russian weapons industry remains competitive on a global scale despite Western sanctions, but the cyclical nature of the business and budget constraints are dampening prospects for a big surge in global arms sales, Russia’s top arms trade official said on Tuesday

Turkish shipbuilding sees continued growth
Tanker Bospor arrested for seamen smuggling

Tanker Bospor arrested for seamen smuggling

Odessa - Moldova-flagged tanker “Bospor” was arrested in Odessa Port,Ukraine, on June 8. According to official statement, during years 2015-2017 vessel was engaged in smuggling of some 100 Ukrainian seamen from Ukraine to Crimea Peninsula

Swiss interest in hi-tech cooperation with Russia

Swiss interest in hi-tech cooperation with Russia

Moscow - Swiss business looks forward to cooperating with Russia in hi-tech industries such as pharmaceuticals, civil aviation and shipbuilding, Yves Morath, the head of Swiss Business Hub Russia, an official entity of the Embassy of Switzerland which promotes implementation of Swiss export strategies