STORY HIGHLIGHTS Rouhani: Iran wants nuclear agreement “within a very short period of time” New Iranian president says U.S., European tone is different He says his election helped pave the way for better relations and a nuclear agreement (CNN) — Western leaders have said Iran seems to sound different under the leadership of newly elected President Hassan Rouhani . On Friday, it was Rouhani’s turn to return the compliment, saying European Union officials and U.S. President Barack Obama sound “different compared to the past.” “I view that as a positive step in the settlement of differences between Iran and the West,” he told reporters Friday. Western leaders have expressed cautious optimism about Iran’s more moderate tone under Rouhani. Among other things, recent comments by Rouhani have given some hope that a deal could be struck over the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear program. How far have Iranian relations come? U.S., Iran nuke talks advance to Geneva On Friday, he said his election helped pave the way for better relations between the Iran and the West, which has imposed heavy sanctions on the country. He also said Iran wants quick resolution to the nuclear issue. Western leaders believe the country’s nuclear program is designed to produce weapons. Iranian leaders have said it is purely peaceful. Opinion: U.S., Iran relations: No overnight miracles “I assure you that on the Iranian side, this will is there fully, 100%, that within a very short period of time, there will be a settlement on the nuclear issue,” he told reporters. Rouhani said he was heartened by Thursday’s meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as part of a meeting between Iran and the six countries trying to tackle international concerns about Iran’s nuclear program.
Europe B2C E-Commerce Report 2013
In contrast to the general economic situation in Italy and Spain, E-Commerce has experienced healthy growth in those countries, reaching a double digit figure in billions of Euros. Moreover, Italy is expected to remain the fastest growing market in Western Europe. Cross-border B2C E-Commerce is popular in Spain; consumers there shop online from overseas websites and Spanish online shops sell abroad. In Central Europe Germany shows double-digit growth in B2C E-Commerce. In Germany, B2C E-Commerce sales reached several tens of billions of euros in 2012 and showed double digit growth over 2011. As a share of total retail sales, B2C E-Commerce accounted for several percentage points less than 10% in 2012, and the share is expected to increase by one percentage point in 2013. The most used payment methods for online shopping in Germany are invoice and PayPal, a contrast with many other European E-Commerce markets where bank cards are the most popular payment method. US based mass-merchant Amazon is the largest E-Commerce player, while the Germany based Otto Group continues expansion into domestic as well as international B2C E-Commerce. German online retailers benefit from popularity with shoppers in neighboring Austria. Eastern Europe sees higher rate of growth in online sales. B2C E-Commerce in Russia grew by over a quarter in 2012, reaching a double digit figure in billions of euros.
Emerging Europe poised for modest economic upturn
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Researchers see comeback for Europe’s rare animals AP 1:02 p.m. EDT September 26, 2013 European bison also known as wisent, gather in the woods near Bad Berleburg, Germany in September. (Photo: Marius Becker, AP) Wild boars, greys wolves and white-tailed eagles have made a comeback in Europe Study claims dozens of species have been brought back from the brink of extinction Researchers noted that many of the 18 mammal and 19 bird species studied in the report remain in peril SHARE 1 CONNECT 20 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE BERLIN (AP) Wild boars, greys wolves and white-tailed eagles have made a comeback in Europe thanks to decades-long conservation efforts. A study published Thursday by the London Zoological Society claims dozens of species have been brought back from the brink of extinction and some are now thriving. Researchers from BirdLife International and the European Bird Census Council contributed to the study, which found that protecting habitats, restricting hunting, reducing pollution and the careful reintroduction were key to the species’ survival. The population of European bison, also known as wisent, has increased more than 3,000 percent since the 1950s, the study said. Still, researchers noted that many of the 18 mammal and 19 bird species studied in the report remain in peril. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. USA NOW
“We noticed a breakthrough in the economy over the summer months,” when credit demand suddenly emerged, he said. “Maybe it will not be a V-shaped recovery but we are seeing a turn towards investments.” With signs that the worst may be over in the euro zone that absorbs a lot of emerging Europe’s exports, much hinges on whether sentiment in the region picks up again, officials said. “Consumption is still at a very low level because people do not have confidence in the recovery,” said Levon Hampartzoumian, head of UniCredit’s (CRDI.MI) Bulgarian unit Bulbank. EYES ON THE FED That can also be seen in the shopping habits of Czechs, said Marek Switajewski, chief executive at Unipetrol (UNPE.PR), the country’s biggest petrol station operator. “Czech people in the past were stopping at (pricey) petrol stations buying food, drinks, … now people are very careful where they buy, they are much more focused on discounts,” he said. “We are still in recession and the recovery will be long and painful.” A big hurdle for the region is how investors react when the U.S. central bank finally starts scaling back its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases. This has been a flood of liquidity that had helped fuel market rallies in higher-risk markets. Even though the Fed surprised markets this month by keeping the stimulus in place for now, concerns that the monetary fire hose may soon start losing its power have triggered an exodus of short-term investments from many emerging markets. Central and eastern Europe is especially vulnerable to this given the region’s relatively high levels of short-term debt compared with foreign currency reserves. But officials at the Summit put the best face on affairs, even in Hungary, some of whose fiscal policies have drawn the ire of banks and multinationals operating there. “Given the improvement in Hungary’s fundamentals…I am worried – I am paid to be worried – but I see the risk as much less significant than it was in the past or is in the case of certain other countries where those inflows have been more substantial,” said Gabor Orban, a top economy ministry official. The deputy head of the country’s debt management agency, Laszlo Borbely, pointed out that Hungary and Poland were the only two countries in the region with significant government debt markets and had managed to escape much fallout so far. “The fact that the shock experienced in several other countries has not happened in Hungary – a country that has a much weaker credit rating – makes it likely to me that it will not happen in Poland either, which has a better assessment and situation then us,” he said.