Despite Portugal’s recent financial problems, one company forges ahead producing quality shoes. Their secret to success during the crisis? Their products are mostly for export. And they must be doing something right: demand is up 50%.
A rural community and a Caracas slum have created their own currencies in response to Venezuela's rapid inflation. Proponents have pinned their hopes on these local-based alternatives, but critics say they aren't viable.
Portugal is exporting more and more agricultural products, such as olives, berries and citrus and tropical fruits. They are harvested by illegal workers who, increasingly, come from Africa.
Multiple international organizations have expressed concerns about China's ballooning debt levels and warned the Asian giant could face a full-blown financial crisis should there be no action to counter the problem.
Catalan independence remains a long way off, but were it to happen, what would a Catalan economy look like? The industrialized region is economically strong in its own right but the politics make things complicated.
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