The items listed below represent potential emerging issues that our analysts are tracking. These can be long term or short term, but will be updated daily. If an item on our Watch List becomes critical, we will email you a full analysis explaining its significance.
Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues.
France: The French government announced a reduction in public spending to avoid breaking the European Union’s budget deficit rules. The cuts will include a reduction in the Defense Ministry’s budget. France is the third largest contributor to NATO, and it was expected that its defense spending would increase in 2017. We need to determine what parts of the French military will be most affected by the defense cuts and whether the country will be able to meet its obligations to NATO.
Brazil: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted July 12 of corruption and money laundering an