Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen announced on April 5 that he was stepping down in June with a view to taking a senior European Union post, a move that could exacerbate the oountry’s political situation.
The International Monetary Fund has revised its global economic growth outlook for 2014 upward on the back of stronger US, euro-zone and Japanese growth, but said deflation and financial sector risks could still undermine a full recovery.
Unemployment in the eurozone remained at a record high in January 2014, with 19 million people, or 12% of the economically active population, looking for work. The figure in the entire European Union was 10.8%, according to figures from Eurostat.
Construction of what will be the biggest electricity-generating facility in Laos is on track and the US$3.7 billion project will be completed in 2015. The 1,878 MW Hongsa power plant – which will burn lignite
State leaders, employees and their immediate family members will be required to declare their assets beginning in February 2014. The Government's Inspection Authority has already completed drawing up the forms to be used for the declarations, in line with the new prime ministerial decree on asset declaration.