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BERLIN: Chancellor Angela Merkel has been thrust into leading Europe back from the financial brink, but Germany remains reluctant to take on global clout to match its economic prowess. Beyond crisis efforts to save the euro, Europe’s top economy and export powerhouse remains unable or unwilling to pull its weight…

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BEIJING: China became one of the world’s top three investors for the first time last year as its foreign investment soared to a new record, the government said on Monday. The Asian giant’s overseas direct investment rose 17.6 percent last year from 2011 to $87.8 billion, according to a statement…

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LONDON: British Finance Minister George Osborne will on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) insist that recent economic data has vindicated his austerity measures and warn that any backtracking could jeopardize the recovery. Britain’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.7 percent in the second quarter or three months to the end…

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As I write this column, it is a beautiful Sunday morning here in Cebu. My colleagues and I attended the First National Business and Management Conference. Co-hosted by the University of San Carlos (USC) and De La Salle University, this event provided a venue for faculty from all over the…


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WAS it correct for Philippine Health Insurance Corp. to have accredited LBC Express Inc. as a collection agent? The answer is in this piece that would show that with LBC as its collector, PhilHealth may be dangerous to one’s health. As an agency that took over Medicare in 1999, PhilHealth…

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