ANGELA Merkel said on Monday that she prefers fresh elections in 2018 than the option of running a minority government. This follows the dramatic collapse of coalition talks which poses the most...

THE BOTTOM LINE

MOST Americans likely think that our trade policies have been largely the same since the Republic's earliest days. The assumptions are that we are free traders now and always have been, and that...

EDITORIAL

MALAYSIAN entrepreneur Tony Fernandes, boss of South-east Asia's largest low-cost carrier AirAsia, was all praise for the economy recently. ...

ALL his working life, Richard Thaler, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics last month, said he has been pleading with his fellow economists that they should be studying real people, not the...

ON November 11, on the sidelines of the Apec Summit in Vietnam, 11 countries on the Pacific Rim decided to go ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite the withdrawal of the United...

HOCK LOCK SIEW

"DEJA vu all over again." The classic remark by Yogi Berra, one of the best catchers in major league history, seems particularly apt when describing what is plaguing Emerging Towns &...

COMMENTARY

IN the first nine months of 2017, we have seen a flurry of merger and acquisition (M&A) activities in Singapore and globally. One such acquisition exercise that has attracted worldwide attention...

US President Donald Trump returned from his 12-day trip to Asia, proclaiming it historic. Indeed, it was historic, but not for the reasons he listed. Instead, 52 years after US Marines landed on the...

EDITORIAL

SINGAPORE is one of the biggest aviation hubs in the Asia-Pacific. The Republic is also home to a significant aerospace MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) community. The aviation sector...

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NOW more than ever, political and social dynamics impact business. From the 24-hour a day, seven day-a-week news cycle to politicians campaigning (and even governing) in tweets, business leaders must...